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Thank you to those that took the time to nominate a tween or teen for my "Mega Teen Comp" I had such an awesome line up of prizes from small businesses all over NZ. 

A big congrats to Jordyn Hay who was nominated by her mum, Jordyn was pretty happy with her prize! and I really look forward to her photoshoot next year!

Here is preview of the amazing prize pack that Jordyn won!


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A Forever Young Teen Portrait session with me for Jordyn AND her friend! 

PLUS I will gift them an individual portrait each and a portrait together for each of them.

Claire Colhurst Make Up has kindly offered to do the hair and make up on Jordyn and her friend for the photoshoot!

Thank you Claire!!! Claire does and amazing job at hair and make up, so the girls are in good hands!


Art Locket NZ

Art Locker NZ gifted not one but 2 beautiful ceramic wall art - Check out Art Locker for some awesome christmas present ideas!


I was totally blown away by this gift and it was so last minute I was amazied that I managed to get it!

Thank yo so much to Flox for sending me something at such short notice!

Flox sent me a stunning piece of Art for the prize winner! You must check out her website and check out all her amazing art work!

Thank you Flox!!!


Go Native

Go Native sent me this DIY lip balm set - I have recently tried some of Go Native DIY goodies and they are simply devine! Totally recommend getting into the DIY kits for Christmas gifts this year!

Thank you Go Native!!!


Hoppipola Imagery does some amazing work... check out the before image that I took and how she re-created the photo!

Charm from Hoppipola has gifted a fantasy composite to the prize winner!

Thank you Charm 

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Abby from Inkee Finkee is a master on the sewing machine!!! She has so many cool things that she makes! 

She has gifted the winner and her friend a custom designed outfit to wear for their photoshoot!

Thank you so much Abby! This is an amazing prize! 


Positive Affirmation Buntings! 

This is a little project I made - Initially with my own kids in mind, I wanted to have these hanging in their rooms... so I made a few extra sets and they have been a hit with everyone! 

I gifted 2 sets to the prize winner!


Raor Fitness and Beauty  gave the prize winner a 5 click concession card for their fitness classes! I have started going here myself and I am loving it!!! Such a good fun workout for the day!

Go check them out now and get yourself signed up!

Thanks Trish and Glenise!!! 


Karla from Enrich works with beautiful Dottera oils! She makes amazing body butters and other goodies! She gifted x 2 iTovi scans and a personilised body butter!

Go check out her page and see what goodies you can find for christmas!

Thank you so much Karla!


February we had Flynn as the cover boy! 

This month we had a few great CV writing tips and an awesome write up on Calisthenics...

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Courtney is the cover girl for March!

This month I show you how to make some yummy Kumara chips! We also talk about out bodies and braids!

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Sister and brother duo - Brittany and Connor for April!

Check out this months blogazine and refresh your memory how to make a peach slushy - perfect for these HOT HOT days! Also have a read about how to get your yoga on!

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Georgia and Brandon featured in May for the school ball blogazine...

This month was all about the school ball! This is the one stop blog on getting ready tips! Do you have a school ball to look forward to for 2018? Check this out!

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For June it was something a little different! Tamsin featured as the cover girl... Dominio's KIS one's coach tells the teams story on their journey to get to the AIMS games!

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We skipped July for a mid year holiday and Korie was the cover boy for August...

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Miss Katie was Septembers cover girl!

Tips on making new friends and earning some pocket money!!! Also check out what Jessie Rose is up to with her amazing art classes...

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Another mini holiday and no October blogazine! So Olivia was the cover girl for November! A little bit of a layout change in here too as I find a new look for Forever Young blogazine that I like...

This month a talked to a former Miss New Zealand... a good read for all of you that want to get into modeling.

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Thanks to all the wonderful tweens and teens I have had the pleasure of photographing this year! It was so lovely to meet you all and you all have inspired me along the way learning about you a little more in our little interviews! I hope that as well as having some beautiful photos of your self you have taken a lot more away from the experience!

To all the tweens and teens I am yet to photograph... I look forward to meeting you and taking your portraits... I look forward to playing a part in helping you boost your self esteem and confidence... making you feel amazing and taking the best portrait of you ever! I look forward to creating a memory like no other and giving you something that you and your family will treasure forever... I look forward to giving you something that will only become more and more valuable as time goes on... I look forward to showing you your inner beauty, your ability to shine and showing you how the world sees you...

Forever Your Teen Portraits

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Thank you for reading! I hope that something in this years blogazine has helped someone along the way... 

Have a Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year!

Be safe, be happy, take care of one another and take care of yourself, laugh multiple times every day, smile at everyone you see this Christmas... and welcome the new year in in the same manner xxx

Stacey xxx

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Meet Olivia... Our feature photoshoot this month. I was in Kaitaia recently for an extended school holidays so I thought what a great opportunity to find a beautiful young lady there to photograph! Olivia is kind, beautiful and down to earth - it was lovely to be around you Olivia and take your photos.

Here is our little, fun interview...

[Me] What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

[Olivia] In 5 Years I would like to find myself in the New Zealand Royal Navy, or studying at the School of Tourism in hope to find an amazing career that will send me all over the world!

[Me] What do you like to do in your free time?

[Olivia] In my free time, I usually like to spend time with my friends and family, walking and swimming at the beach, as well as binge watching tv shows.

[Me] What is your definition of success?

[Olivia] Success to me is that tingle of excitement that runs through your fingers when you’ve accomplished a goal. Success is an amazing achievement and is something everyone should strive for.

[Me] Who is your hero and why?

[Olivia] My hero is definitely my Mum. She is the most hardworking woman I know and is always busy doing things for the community, her business and for our family. She’s absolutely amazing! She’s the only woman I know that can handle working 3 jobs at one time!

[Me] This month on the Blogazine we are talking a little on Self-Esteem, what is something that helps you boost your self esteem?

[Olivia] A way I boost my self esteem is quite literally spending time with my friends and working out at the gym. There’s no better feeling of sensation after having a good workout. It makes me feel a lot happier.

[Me] If you were a crayon, what colour would you be and why?

[Olivia] Hahaha I would be a blue crayon. Blue reminds me of the sea, and it is my favourite color!

[Me] What do you like to read?

[Olivia] I’m not one to read, but when I do I enjoy reading dramas and romance.

[Me] What makes you laugh?

[Olivia] Extremely bad jokes, they always give me non-stop giggles!

[Me] What is something you have achieved in your life that you are most proud of?

[Olivia] Randomly, the one thing that I am most proud of in my life so far was when I had the chance to shoot my first deer with my Dad. That has to be one of my favourite and most memorable achievements to date.

A little selection of photos from Olivia's photoshoot...

Location: Lake Ngatu

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We seam to have a little Kaitaia theme going on this month...

Some of the girls I have photographed have showen an intereset in modeling - so I thought it was fitting to talk to Cody Yerkovich - Kaitaia's very own Miss New Zealand. 

Cody comes from Waiharara, a little township 30 minutes north of Kaitaia. She is of Maori, German and Croatian heritage and she won the 2010 Miss New Zealand title.

I have the pleasure of calling this beautiful lady my friend... and I was lucky enough to ask her a few interesting questions about her journey...

[Me] What is your modelling storey?

[Cody] I won model of the North in 2005 after my Nana encouraged me to do. Being the shy young kid I was I did not want to, but it pushed me out of my comfort zone and taught me how to be confident in stage speaking and in social situations.

[Me] What are the highlights of your modelling career?

[Cody] A highlight of my modeling career would be being miss NZ and going to Miss world as well as walking in a Victoria Secret and Ellen McPherson fashion show in Asia.

[Me] What was your biggest challenge?

[Cody] My biggest challenge would be dealing with people in the industry who are not always the kindest people, learning to stay grounded and always remember who I am where I have come from and where I am going. To not get caught up in beauty and physical looks but to always focus on what's within. This comes first and foremost or you will never find happiness in what you do.

[Me] What made you enter Miss Far North?

[Cody] My Nana who told me I should do it and enter. After much convincing I did.

[Me] Who is your biggest supporter?

[Cody] I'm lucky. I don't have one. My mother, father grandparents, cousins, friends have been amazing support in my life. There isn't just one!

[Me] What are you doing now and how did you get into it?

[Cody] I am a life coach specializing in relationship and personal development. I work with mostly women growing their confidence, inner development helping women feel how the want to feel and achieve their goals in relationships and life. I also run an online store, as well as working as a real estate agent, full time mummy and fiance!

[Me] Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

[Cody] I see myself with an independent life coach business where I hope to start growing my team and employing people world wide. Travelling. Happy. And in a position where I can help empower women in need of growth and change around the world.

[Me] What advise would you give to anyone wanting to get into modelling?

[Cody] Always remember who you are. It helps to be tall and slender, with a beautiful face. Sure. But none of this matters unless you have a heart of gold, are true to who you are within and live life in a way that creates change and kindess in the lives around you. This is key to succeeding in not only modeling but all areas of life. Be you. Don't forget who you are and where you are going. Don't ever let looks define you. If you believe you can, you will just as if you believe you can't you won't. Mindset and positivity is everything.

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"Nobody cares if you can't dance well.  Just get up and dance.  Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion." - Martha Graham

JUST DANCE WHANGAREI

I think sometimes dance becomes something for "other people."Just Dance" exists to create an accessible and inclusive environment in which to explore the medium and all it has to offer.  First and foremost it needs to be fun.  Learning to love movement and to feel confident and passionate about dance are, I believe are the most important first steps - no matter where your dance journey is headed.  Whether you plan to make it your life pursuit or simply take from it the amazing life lessons in self confidence, expression, discipline, and the physical benefits of increased body awareness, strength and flexibility, it must first be a happy place!
We have a fantastic team of passionate instructors at "Just Thrive" with a varied skill set and a true love of dance.  As well as classes in contemporary, ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop fusion, we use tools like pilates and yoga to ensure students develop a great relationship with their bodies.
I love to watch the positive impact dance can have on the mind, body and soul, and take enormous pride in the role of my team and myself in providing a nurturing environment to achieve this!
Carla x
For more information on "Just Dance" please visit their website 

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How do you define self esteem?

Well according to Auntie google this is it:

The "self" part is self-explanatory, referring to you, yourself. So think of self-esteem as how you value yourself. If you think everything you do is wonderful and deserves praise, you have no self-esteem problems, but if you feel like you are not worthy of good things, you may have low self-esteem.

I guess self esteem can look different for everyone... and there is no one person in either category all the time [this person has low self esteem and that person has high self esteem] as we all have our moments of ups and downs. Everyone has times where they feel amazing and everyone has moments where they feel stink. I know from experience, and it can be so challenging at times.

There is no rule that says we have to be happy all of the time, because lets face it, being sad or feeling bad is just a part of life – its about what we do in those times of less than worthy situations that makes the difference.

One of the famous laws of the universe is called the law of dis-placement – this law states that no two objects can occupy the same space at any one time – so with that in mind, when you fill your mind with low self esteem thoughts, how can high self esteem thoughts fill that space at the same time? The key here is to find a way to move those bad thoughts away to replace them with better ones.

In my opinion the first step in helping to boost your self esteem is starting to recognize what makes you feel good about yourself, and what makes you feel bad about yourself – then taking it from there and finding tools that help you overcome the bad times.

So have a think – what does low self esteem look like to you? What makes you feel down? What makes you feel that you are not good enough? Then on the other hand, what does high self esteem look like to you? What makes you feel good about yourself, what lifts your happy?

A good place to start is with a pen and paper and write them down.

6 tips for improving self esteem

Positive self talk...

Talk nice to yourself, our words are very powerful, our minds absorb a lot more then we realize, so when we are constantly telling ourselves we are good enough, we will start to believe it more and more. Daily gratitude and positive affirmations can help a great deal here... there is a saying that goes “when we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change”

Healthy eating and movement...

Food has a lot to answer for when it comes to our bodies and how we feel, and its so hard as there is such a wide range of food out there that is not good for our bodies or mind, but it is everywhere and all our friends are having it so we want it too!

Take an energy drink for example – it may give you a caffeine hit and a spike of energy, but you will feel that energy die down quicker then it went up! Then you feel as if you need another... and it goes on and on – that is what the are designed to do.

My advise here is to start to think of our bodies like a fine tuned machine. If we put the right fuel into it, we get the best results from it. If we put the bad stuff into it, thats were we start having problems. We only have one body – lets look after it.

Start to recognize how certain types of food makes us feel – healthy body = happy mind.

Don't compare yourself to others...

We are all different and we are all amazing in our own right... something your friend is great at, you might not be, and visa versa – thats the beauty of it! If we were all the same life would be boring! So embrace your individuality.

Do things that make you happy...

When you are doing something you enjoy, you will naturally be happy! I know, sometimes there are things we need to do that we might not enjoy so much – thats called life! But make sure that you schedule some time to do something that makes you happy!

Focus on whats in your control...

So many things in life are beyond our control, and there is not a lot we can do about it. Think about things that are in your power to control and see what you can do about those.

Be around happy people...

Surround yourself with people that make you happy! Choose friends that make you feel good about yourself. Stay away from those that trigger negative thoughts in your mind.

Please remember one thing in all of this

YOU ARE NEVER ALONE.

There are many help tools available... your parents, grand parents, friends, aunties, uncles, good friends, teachers, google advise, and helplines you can call.

You can even message me to talk to or help for advise – I will always listen and help where I can.

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMONE TO HELP.

Youthline 0800 376 633

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Thanks!!!

That brings us to the end of another month! You may have noticed a new layout to the cover of this issue - I have been throwing ideas around in my head about changing names, as I did not really know how to incorporate the forever young logo in the title - so I came up with this cover and I quite like it because its different! So I will stick with Forever Young! 

If you have any feedback or have something you would like me to share please feel free to contact me

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you all enjoy!

Stacey x

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Teen Blogazine for September is here!

This month we have a gorgeous feature teen by the name of Katie...

Thank you Katie for being the feature teen for September! It was so lovely photographing you, I hope you enjoyed it!

Katie is a very inspirational young lady, and has over come so many challenges in her life.

Katie has Bronchiectasis... but she does not let this stop her from living her life and making the most of it!

Bronchiectasis is a non-reversable, lifelong, chronic lung disease. It is caused by damage and scarring in the lungs. The airways become widened and mucus is easily trapped in pockets within the airways which allows bacteria and viruses to grow quickly and cause new or long-lasting (chronic) infection. These infections cause damage and more scarring to the airways and lungs. 

Here is our little interview...

[Me] What's your favourite colour?

[Katie] Black

[Me] What is one of your biggest challenges you have over come to date?

[Katie] Balancing my medical issues with everyday life. My medical issues mean that I miss a lot of school and it is hard to maintain my education, hobbies, and social life. I get very tired, and sick a lot, which means I am not always able to participate like others do.

[Me] What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

[Katie] Horse riding, swimming, surfing, going to the beach, hanging out with friends.

[Me] Who inspires you and why?

[Katie] My friend Charlotte. She is nice to everybody, she is intelligent, she is a hard worker, she is good at horse riding, and we have the same interests.

[Me] This month we have some advice on making pocket money!How do you make a little pocket money for yourself?

[Katie] I help Mum with chores around the house such as emptying the dishwasher, getting the washing off the washing line, and steam mopping the tiled floors.

[Me] What is your most prized posession?

[Katie] My Chrome Book

[Me] Who is the most famous person you have met?

[Katie] Myself lol (I have been on 7 Sharp, Native Affairs, on the radio, in lots of magazines, and on posters in every Countdown supermarket in NZ). I met the Captain of the Lions rugby team, and two of the players, when I was in hospital in June this year.

[Me] If you wrote a book, what would the title be?

[Katie] Ten Steps to becoming an Idiot

[Me] If you had one super power – what would it be and why?

[Katie] Flight so I can fly to any place I want to go to.

[Me] What makes you happy?

[Katie] Spending time with animals or being at the beach with friends.

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Finding a connection with another person allows us to feel valued and gives us a sense of belonging. Forming the right friendships can boost our confidence and improve our self-esteem.

When I think back to my teen days I know the struggle of making friends only too well!

At primary school everyone was friends with everyone, no one really cared what you looked like, or what you were into, you just played with whoever sat next to you at the time...

Next, intermediate and you all went your separate ways in different classes, maybe schools... and suddenly it was not that easy anymore. Then high school was just the same but on a bigger scale!

I wish that back then I was a little braver, I wish back then I just said "hi" a little more often... Easier to say now, than it was to do back then.

AND to top that, with todays word of online life it adds even more complication to the friendship game [we will cover this topic another time].

For now lets focus on the real life talking face to face friendships.

As you become more independent, you will form many friendships along the way... some will stay for a long time, even forever, some will come and go... the good thing is there are a few skills that you can learn to help you out a little!

Self Love

Make friends with yourself first... love you... be brave to express who you are and stay true to yourself.

Reflecting

Think about what qualities you have that would make you a good friend... What is important to you and how do you let people know that about you? Knowing who you are and what is important to you will help you attract the right friends.

Get Talking

Learn small talk — light easy conversations... look around you, is there something that you could use to strike up a conversation? Choose simple topics... school... sports... music... games...

Keep it light, positive and interactive...

Listen

Listening is one of the most important skills you need when making friendships. Try to really listen more then you speak.

You win some you loose some

Remember that not every person you come across will be your best friend. There are some friends that you just chat with in class and there are some friends that you share your secrets with... when you first make friends try not to share too much of yourself too soon, wait untill you find someone that truly understands your values.

Best friends can disagree

Always remember “there is no right or wrong, only perception”.

Even the best of friends might have a little fight every now and then, it is a normal part of any relationship but not every disagreement is the end of a friendship. Sometimes in the heat of an argument with a friend it is good to take a step back, breathe and think for a few seconds... you may end up seeing the argument from their perspective and why they may be upset? And there are also times when the best thing is to agree to disagree, and move on from the topic.

Most of all remember to have fun and be yourself and genuine friends will come your way...

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We all would like a little extra pocket money, and Mum and Dad don't want to be dishing out the $$ left right and center! So why not take matters into your own hands and get out there and earn a little extra $... there are lots of fun ways to do it! A little self-motivation and perseverance is all you need!

Here are 5 ideas to help get you started!

1 - Garage sale!

How about get a few friends together that want to do the same, have a clean out of your stuff [mum will like this idea!] Make a pile of what you no longer need or want – get Mum or Dad to go through it to make sure you are not getting rid of something for a quick buck that they know you will want a few weeks down the track – or that you could hand down to your little brother or sister!

Set a date and a location [your garage!] Post some signs out a few days before and away you go!

2 – Home helper

We all know that life is pretty crazy for most – Life is busy... Im sure I speak for most when I say it would be nice to have a home helper sometimes! Someone to bring the washing in and fold it, wash the car, vacuum the house... etc and someone who does it without complaining [aka NOT my own kids!]

How about write a list of chores you are willing and able to do with a $ amount next to it , either for each chore or an hourly rate – write out a few copies and distribute them around your friendly neighbours and your parents friends, you never know you could get some regular work from it!

3 – Umpire/Ref

Do you know how to umpire netball or ref a rugby game? I used to coach a junior netball team and one thing that we could have done with was a good regular umpire – we had a parent umpire our games, which was great, but they want to watch their kids play the game, not have to umpire – so put it out there!

Coming up to a sports season, approach the club or school and let them know you can ref or umpire... sort out a rate [maybe $10 a game?] And see what you get back. You could offer your “first game free” so they get a trial run – if they think you do a great job then thats a great winter job! And if you enjoy it, well that is even better!

4 – Tutor

What are you good at that you could help someone else out with? Maths? Writing? Sometimes if kids need a little extra help with a subject and parents are busy then they could be happy to hire a tutor! Again you could write our a list with your rates and ask some local primary schools to advertise for you? You could offer the first lesson free to see if your services will suit their needs.

5 – DIY

There are loads of simple DIY things that you can make and sell! Set up a little stall at the markets, or on the side of your street, or if you have your own Facebook profile you could make up a page to sell your stuff. Think of a point to call – eg: if mothers day is coming up – find something DIY that could be an awesome gift for mums, or a few DIY projects leading up to Christmas?

With whatever you decide to do to earn a little extra $ - run your idea past your parents to see what they think first!
Good luck ;-)

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Getting to know Jessie  Rose...

I caught up with Jessie-Rose in her new shop she is setting up in Kamo! I love what she is doing in there and her most recent project she is working on! 

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Creative, Ambitious, Individual

Where are you from? 

I was born and raised in Whangarei.

What kind of Art do you create?

I create paintings in the form of portraits, paintings that tell stories, a lot of it I guess is probably quite dark edgy stuff.
Also I have a clothing Label Jessie Rose with accessories etc and I hand paint caskets for leading funeral homes in Auckland and the North, which is a very fulfilling and amazing way to use my gift also.

Have you always wanted to be an artist?

Yup always. Since I was a kid.

How did you start out?

I started out with an inbuilt desire to draw, paint, and create, to make something beautiful from nothing. Its been with me since as long as I can remember.
I first started drawing and painting as a kid, sold my first piece at around 10. Went on to have a near sell out exhibition when I was 18. Since then I have had many exhibitions and gone on to do many other things with my gift.

What inspires you?

Right now top of my list is inspiring children/teens. To open their eyes to what I wish I was taught at their age. To develop their creative thinking and confidence to be themselves, to be individuals and through art to start seeing the world through different perspectives. To let them see and believe that if they dream big anything is possible.

What do you love about life? 

I love life being a mum… my daughter is 16. While it's very challenging it's also the best and most rewarding thing I have done. Also I love living life with people I love around me, having fun and being me. I love creating, I love the endless possibilities in life. I love working with Kids opening them up to a new way of looking at life through art, also I love using my talent to help and comfort others with my hand painted caskets... I love that we are all so different, that we all have various strengths and its up to us to embrace them and succeed in life.

Why is your art important to you?

My art is mostly important to me through the privileged roles I have acquired as an artist, roles that touch and comfort people, and inspire others. That is more than I could Ever hope for as an artist! It's a huge honour, and one I don't take lightly or for granted.

How do you hope that you will inspire people?

Coincidentally through my art classes… named 'inspire,' my mission is to do exactly that-inspire. Inspire children to open their eyes, to learn through art how to be themselves, and so far I'm seeing amazing results.
Also people who have seen my journey, witnessed my struggles and hard times - by not giving up and by being myself even when people disapprove, and by putting my all into succeeding as an artist… I feel that can inspire others to realise they in fact can when they may feel they can't.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

I see my 'Inspire' art school growing and developing hugely. I will continue to touch and inspire as many lives as I physically can. I see endless possibilities to influence and guide teens/children who love art, children with difficulties etc.
I am also passionate about giving back and next year I want to begin instilling that in the kids I teach. I believe it's important for today's children to learn to look outside of themselves and become more aware of children less fortunate, kids in our own back yard who are living in poverty. I think it's an awesome thing to encourage children in and we will be using their art as a way to help raise money for such causes. I see that as an ongoing part of Inspire, and only see that growing and growing over time.
I also see my art/caskets being recognisable across oceans, and my clothing brands and accessories made available nationwide and afar... to name a few ;)

What is one piece of advise you would give to your teen self?

Grow and learn to just be you! Open your eyes… and use art to help you on that journey to express yourself, it's ok to be different. 

Thank you Jessie Rose! 

If you would like to know more about Jessie  Rose and her Inspire classes feel free to send her a message.

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Thank you for reading this month's Teen Blogazine!

I would love to hear from you... feel free to leave me a message to say hi, or if you have any questions or topics you would like me to chat about please feel free to send me a message.

Stacey x

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Welcome to the Teen Blogazine for August 2017

This month we have Korie as out feature teen! Now Korie and I have something in common! My great grandfather is his great great grandfather - who had 2 families! Korie is from his first family and I am from his second family. I was so pleased that Korie was interesed in being the feature teen for this month!

Here is our little interview!

[me] What is the best thing that has happened to you recently?

[Korie] Doing a hotlap at Hampton Downs in a Porsche 911 GT3RS

[Me] Who/What inspires you?

[Korie] Hayden Paddon NZ WRC driver.

[Me] What do you work toward in your free time?

[Korie] Learning the guitar.

[Me] What did you think of your photoshoot?

[Korie] It was good, something I've never done before and thought I'd give it a go.

[Me] What type of music do you listen to or what is your fave song?

[Korie] I don't really listen to anything particular but I do listen to a few old songs which I'm learning on the guitar.

[Me] What is the most memorable class you have ever taken?

[Korie] Probably woodwork classes at intermediate.

[Me] Skittles or m and m's?

[Korie] m and m's

[Me] If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

[Korie] Croatia, because that's where my ancestors are from.

[Me] If you were an animal, what would you be?

[Korie] A hawk, because they have good vision and they look cool, also it would be cool to fly.

[Me] What are your interests?

[Korie] Guitar, fast cars, travelling, hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

Here are a few portraits from our photoshoot! Korie brought along his little pup for some photos too...

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Love Letter back in time! with Lysa Black - Heart Healer 

Turning 34 this year means that I have doubled my life time from the time I was 17.

Here are the top 7 things I would love to beam back to the young women I once was.

#goals

  • It’s not what you achieve but who you become

I had so many dreams as a 17 year old! I wanted to open a flower shop and run a café. Speak in front of big audiences and travel the world. As I accomplished many of the goals from when I was 17 I realised in hindsight that it wasn’t the goal being achieved that was most satisfying – it was realising who I had become by achieving those goals that meant the most to me.

#progress

  • It’s not how far you get ahead but how far you help others come with you

We all have the ability to shine in our own genius; anything that you desire is possible for you. But the friendships and connections that you make along the way will hold more lasting value than all of your achievements combined – Make sure you stay in touch with those who you treasure, progressing forward in life is so much more fun when you have someone else enjoying the journey with you.

#truebeauty

  • It’s not about what you look like; it’s about how you feel inside

Over the next 10 years you will hear so many different perspectives about how you should look and why. Some will tell you to change your hair colour, others will ask you to wear different clothes; remember that people who want to help you feel good inside will accept your style and approach to your appearance as it is.

#success

  • It’s not about what others think of you; but how you view yourself

You will win some and you will lose some; but overall how you view yourself is the true measure of success. Others may cheer when we win and some will walk away if we lose, but our personal view of ourselves during the process is what you need to look to gauge your own success.

#confidence

  • It’s not about having someone else love you; it’s about loving who you are

When we feel good about who we are, we attract others who appreciate us just the way we are. Any ideas about needing to change ourselves to win the affection of someone else is not being loving or kind to ourselves.

#achievement

  • It’s not what you accomplish; but how true you are to yourself in the process

Sometimes people really win in life, but they lose at being true to themselves. There is no external success that is greater than living true to who we truly are.

#adaptability

  • It’s not about hoping things always go right; it’s about how to adjust when they don’t go well

It’s inevitable that your plans will not always fly and some goals will not be reached; that’s not always a bad thing. How we choose to adapt and adjust to life when things are not going how we’d like is the skill that will always steer you forwards to the long term success were all capable of.

Lysa x

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Re-Defining Perfect - Corinne Austin from Fit Fix shares some words of wisom 

It's time we took the pressure off ourselves, and actually just began to enjoy living, in the moment, every moment.

So many of us are constantly striving for our own version of 'perfect'. A perfect level of fitness, perfect health, or even the perfect body! And it’s stressful, and draining, and it’s not sustainable. Perfect is not ever something that we should strive for for these very reasons. It serves nobody well, and it never will.

When it comes to health, wellbeing, fitness or aesthetics, perfection - to many of us - is simply just a subjective, constantly-changing, painstakingly-sought-after yet unattainable destination. It's a constant comparison of oneself to a non-existent future/better person. Perfection is a dream the majority of us won’t ever realise as, no matter where we find ourselves, or how many things we tick off as we endlessly seek perfection, the grass will ALWAYS be greener elsewhere. There’ll always be something else we want, something else we feel like we need, something else we consider worth striving for. We’d be living as racehorses, hooning and scrambling round the track searching for the finish line, except the finish line continues to ever-extend it’s position and remains just out of reach.

Rather than focus and throw all our energy into what our destination will be or framing what it looks like, we instead need to learn to ride, enjoy, and gain wisdom from the whole entire adventure as we strive to create our own best recipe for individual health and vitality. This will most likely mean we do endure some hard slog and suffer some fails along the way – but this is the best way to learn! On the flip side there’ll be plenty of wins and triumphs too – and those are there to encourage us and keep us on the straight and narrow.

If all you can do today is just one step towards better health, then that is all that matters - and we should say that THAT is perfect. Every little step along the way – whether they be forward, back, sideways, or in the form of the cha cha - is worth it. Worth it because we’ll either loathe it, leave it, learn from it or love it. And all of those things combined create adventure and excitement – because we don’t thrive on constant, we thrive on challenge and we thrive on change. And it’s challenge and change that keep us improving upon the past and keeps life awesome.

So, if we were to redefine perfect as being an individualised work-in-progress approach to the goals that we are chasing, then perfection should be the notion of being enough right now but having a desire to keep bettering oneself. And that, to me, sounds miles more plausible, nurturing and realistic.


Corinne Austin - Movement Motivator

corinne@fitfixnz.co.nz

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Ever thought of yourself as a bit of an actor?

Fourth Wall is a progressive and diverse actors agency fit for the 21st century... 

We are still looking for a few more fantastic people to join our books, so we can present a juicy array of talent!

All are welcome to apply.

We have several casting directors and producers supporting us - let us open some doors for you.

Visit our website to find out more about the agency's experienced directors, and view the talent we have so far.

www.fourthwall.co.nz

We are taking a very different approach to the actor/agent relationship, so if you have been searching for an agent or aren't sure where to start, or have had a less than great experience previously - don't hesitate to register for an audition!

We are friendly and have a genuine desire to HELP emerging actors/talent (or experienced ones!) in many aspects - not just representing them for professional work.

If you aren't based in Auckland, we can arrange to Skype, or you can tape an audition video and send it through - just fill out our application form on the website and we'll work it out from there!

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We are shaped by out thoughts... so lets get some good thoughts into our head!

The best way to do this is with daily positive affirmations - having them placed where we can catch a glimse of them often, throughout the day...

Did you know that positive affirmations are proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to re-wire our brains! 

Just like exercise they raise the level of feel-good hormones and push our brains to form lots of positive thought!

Which is why I have designed these "affirmation buntings!" 

They are so cute to hang in your bedroom... They make a funky little feature - with huge benefits!

You could hang your favourite 10 up, maybe pop one on the fridge with a magnet, even pop them in your bad to take with you to school... so versitile!

They are only $35 a set [including delivery] and you get 30 cards with Jute string and pegs to hang 10.

Just contact me to grab a set!

THANKS FOR BEING HERE - PLEASE SHARE!

Forever Young Blogazine is coming up to celebrating our first birthday!!!

We will be celebrating with a little competion and a bit of re-branding with a new name.

If you have enjoyed reading Forever Young Teen Blogazine, I would love to hear some feed back! Feel free to leave me a comment here or email stacey.milich@gmail.com

Thanks x See you next month!

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We have something a little different this month! I decided to feature this awesome netball team and a little of their story to becoming the first KIS netball team to be heading to the AIMS games this year! 

The cover features Tamsin - I asked her a few questions about the team!

[Me] Well done on your team making it this far! What have you enjoyed the most about this journey?

[Tamsin] I have enjoyed playing with my team, improving my skills and winning our games.

[Me] What netball position do you play?

[Tamsin] GK, GD, WD.

[Me] You girls have been lucky enough to have an awesome coach! What is one of the main things you have learnt from her?

[Tamsin] She has helped us so much to all become better team members and work together as one.

[Me] How has playing netball helped you personally?

[Tamsin] It has helped me be fitter and faster at running. Also having improved ball skills and agility.

[Me] Who are your role models? - Who do you look up to?

[Tamsin] The Silver Ferns

[Me] If you were not playing Netball, what sport do you think you would be doing?

[Tamsin] I already train for competitive swimming, so I would be doing more of that,

[Me] Where to from here for you and netball?

[Tamsin] To keep improving and do the best I can.

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ONE team, ONE coach, Some amazing sponsors and a bunch of supportive parents

= a recipe for success! 

I caught up with Domino's KIS 1's coach to tell a little story of their journey.

In 2016, Kamo Intermediate held netball trials, and the top Year 7 team was named. I had volunteered to coach my daughter, and as she was selected for this team, I inherited a team of 11 eager athletes - most of whom were strangers to each other, but all with things in common : a love of netball, a competitive nature, a desire to succeed, a very supportive family. Friendships were quickly forged, and our talented team went from strength to strength on the netball court.

As the season developed, all these Yr 7 players expressed a desire to make the top Yr 8 team the following year, and we wanted that team to be allowed to compete at the 2017 AIMS Games (Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools) which are an annual sporting event held in Tauranga. This week long sporting extravaganza is attended by over 9000 11-13 year olds representing 22 different sporting codes. 120 netball teams from schools all around the country come together to compete. KIS had never sent a netball team to AIMS before - we wanted to be the first!

I met with the Principal to enquire about taking a Yr 8 team to AIMS the following year and was told we had to prove ourselves to be good enough to go! So, as a team, we set a goal to win our Whangarei netball section, and attend a Year 8 tournament (as a Year 7 team) - compete well, and force the school’s hand! We wrapped up the 2016 season having ticked all the boxes!

The 2017 KIS netball trials came and went, and there was a nervous wait for the teams to be named. It was wonderful to have the same 11 players who worked so hard the year prior in the top Year 7 team, to be named as the top Year 8 team, and I was fortunate enough to be able to coach these same girls again. All eyes on AIMS Games in September!!

AIMS is a fantastic opportunity, but there is huge cost involved in taking a travelling group of 12 away for a week. I wanted to keep the costs as low as possible for the players’ families, and created a range of sponsorship proposals for our team to sell.

Our most significant sponsorship was to NAME OUR TEAM FOR 2017, and we were thrilled to partner with Jayesh - owner of Domino’s Pizza Whangarei. Jayesh likes to champion youth sport in Whangarei, and is a huge believer in fun and families. We felt we would make a great partnership. Our financial road to AIMS was paved, and we became Domino’s KIS One.

Other very kind and generous local businesses* signed up as daily sponsors for the 6 days our team was to be on the road.

Our team was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to sell food and drink at the netball courts for an entire Saturday at the start of the season. By the time netball grading was over and our first round had started - all our AIMS Games money had been realised. This was due to each and every player’s family contributing by selling sponsorships, (some even buying sponsorships!), working at the netball shop, or donating items to be sold at the shop. To get our finances across the line so early was a team effort by all our amazing and hard working families - is it any wonder our players get on so well as a team unit!

Having our logistics for AIMS finalised early affords our team the luxury to be able to concentrate 100% on our game - to learn how to play together better, to get fitter, to develop team tactics, to recover from mistakes quicker, to read the game better, to understand each and every rule more clearly, to react to the referees quicker, to think ahead more, to have a deeper understanding of each team members’ strengths and weaknesses, to grow a larger desire to make personal improvements, to get hungrier!!

We are KIS netball pioneers at AIMS. We have no idea of the strength of the teams that will be in attendance. We will approach AIMS like we approach our weekly Whangarei competition : yes, we would love to win, but that is not our goal. Our goal is to play each and every game to the best of our ability. If we do the things we work on at practice well, play with positivity and in full support of each other, knowing that we are the fittest we can be because we have put in the work, then whatever will be will be. If we finish the game satisfied that we did the very best we could, we have no choice but to be happy with the outcome - win or lose. If we know we didn’t do ALL of these things - it’s back to the drawing board to make improvements.

Domino’s KIS One are f.r.i.e.n.d.s. We are friends who are humble yet confident, have a desire to constantly better ourselves, are content to be a team of equals. Our team exists in a bubble of fun and family support. We will never measure our success by wins or losses. We will be successful when we complete the season as a contented family unit, knowing we prepared to the best of our ability and have given it our all.

* Lots of love to the following businesses who have SPONSORED-A-DAY for our team to travel to AIMS : 

Treeline Trimming

Custom Garage Doors - 0800CGDOORS

Joe Foy Painters Ltd

HydraCo Ltd

Croft Poles Whangarei

Motel Sierra

Stacey Milich Photography for capturing our team for time and all eternity so beautifully!

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Dear Jamie,

We are so grateful our girls get to spend another netball season with you. You are an enthusiastic, inspiring and skilled netball coach and your encouragement of the girls individually and as a team is unparalleled.

Thank you Jamie for setting goals that challenge the team, and for coaching the girls to achieve them.

YOU are Dominos' KIS Ones' secret weapon!

We cannot praise or thank you enough!

From the KIS ONE parents.

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KEEN NETBALL PLAYER?

HERE'S SOME HELPFULL TIPS FROM TRINA AT WHANGAREI NETBALL TO SETTING YOUR WAY TO BECOMING A

FUTURE SILVER FERN...

Netball New Zealand Believes there are four main elements that underpin a world class Silver Fern. 

 

  1. Hauora – Physical Wellbeing, Mental and Emotional wellbeing, Social wellbeing, Spiritual wellbeing
  2. Physical  - Netball and Specific Position Fitness
  3. Tactical –  The tactical requirements which influence the ability to deliver technical skills under pressure and to adjust to the opposition.
  4. Technical - Core netball and position specific skill requirements.

 

The performance pathway for any aspiring young netball player starts when players enter into Un15 representative teams or development programs at netball centres.  For any aspiring young player wanting to get a start on their netball pathway it is important that you work hard both on and off the court.  This includes helping at home with chores, doing your homework, respecting your whanau, teachers and friends. 

When you go to your school training are you 100% prepared? Do you have your drink bottle filled with water, do you have the right training gear, do you have recovery food for after training and most importantly do you have a GREAT ATTITUDE and are you willing to LEARN new things?     When you are out there playing on court are you doing the very best you can?  Do you respect your opposition, your team mates, your coach and the umpires?  I am always looking for these traits when selecting players into talent development squads, or rep teams.    These are important qualities and skills that if you can learn early will help you with your netball career.   It is also important that you develop a range of skills across a number of different positions, being able to play well in different positions shows your versatility as a player and our ability to learn new things and apply these in a game. 

THE MOST IMPORTANT thing is always make sure that YOU HAVE FUN playing netball.

Here are a couple of links that are worth checking out:

WARM UP

NETBALL SMART

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Sports Nutrition 

Food, food, food, glorious food – there are always so many questions and opinions and ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ answers when it comes to food. I am no nutritionist, or dietitian, just someone that has a passion for eating ‘healthy’.

Nutrition is only part of the living ‘healthy’ lifestyle that so many of us strive for. Exercise, lifestyle and mental health all contribute as well. In this short article, I have been asked to share my opinion of healthy eating.

The really quick answer, eat “real food”. Real food that has come from mother nature, that will provide you with minerals, vitamins and many nutrients your body needs to operate effectively.Cut out the processed foods, if you want to perform at your best and have sustained energy, the best thing to do is fill your body with great real food. Eat a well-balanced diet of good healthy fats [eggs, avocado, nuts...] moderate protein and nutrient dense carbs [veggies…]. Good healthy fats will keep you fuller for longer, protein helps with muscle repair and growth and nutrient dense carbs help sustain you for longer.

The right ‘diet’ in the media is always changing; when I was a teenager, I was in that era that fat was bad, but guess what fat was replaced with (to make the foods taste great)… sugar! So all the ‘low fat’ options I was eating, was actually just full of sugar, or it had been processed so much, to get rid of the fat. Again, in short, don’t go near the processed foods (a great rule of thumb is, if it is in a packet then don’t eat it). Keep away from them and you will be fulfilling your body’s needs, its easy as that. And good fats, are exactly that, good for you. Olive oil, avocado oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, all provide you with a great sustaining energy, and are not going to make you fat, if you stop eating when you are full that is.

Something I haven’t mentioned is the obvious, water, water is sooo good for us, and needed for our bodies to work to its full potential. Your body will lose water through sweating, breathing and digestion, so getting enough is important, especially when exercising. Remember - Water is all you need! Stay away from the Powerade and so called energy drinks, they are not needed (unless you are an elite athlete and this has been factored into your diet by your nutritionist/coach), and are full of sugar and no good for you. If your game is Saturday afternoon, having a great healthy breakfast and lunch is all that is needed, and sipping away at water throughout the morning to stay hydrated – and remember to take your full water bottle to your game and a snack for after your game is handy too.

SOME SUGGESTED MEALS FOR YOU:

Scrambled eggs (whisked with a dash of almond milk or cows milk), served on a bed of sautéed kale or baby spinach with a little onion and garlic (or have fresh, no need to sauté), topped with some cherry tomatoes, sprinkled with some nuts and seeds (eg, almonds, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds), dressed in a little olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

A smoothie is such a great option, for example: 1 cup of almond milk, ½ avocado, a really large handful of baby spinach, along with chia seeds, LSA, and protein powder (optional). If you aren’t adding protein powder, adding frozen blueberries or bananas is a great way to naturally sweeten it up; with both of these options adding many great nutrients to your diet. If you can, get your daily requirements of protein from real sources [meat, nuts, veggies…], not protein powders.

A dinner full of fresh green veggies/plants is an amazing option. A large salad of baby spinach, carrot, beetroot, red capsicum, red onion, roasted kumara, tossed in a little apple cider vinegar, would do your body wonders. Try and get a variety of veggies into you, as all veggies have fantastic properties to them, helping your body and mind create a strong and healthy you. If you want to add meat to your meal as well, say a steak of red meat, or a couple of legs of chicken, then that is a great option too. If you are limiting your meat, then legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas, dahl) is a great alternative here also. The earlier you eat dinner the better, as the longer your body has without food during the night, the longer it has time to restore and replenish its organs, particularly the liver.

Something worth mentioning, is you don’t have to have set meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, what I mean by that is, what is typically seen as dinner, can actually be quite normal, satisfying, and really good for you, to have a breakfast. Having leftovers for breakfast is a great way to start your day with veggies; each meal that you are eating, including snacks (if you snack), before you start, think where are my veggies, try and fit veggies into every meal, as these will keep you full, provide nutrients, and stop cravings.

How we eat is habitual, so change your habits, it will become the new ‘normal’ for you, your palette may be use to sugar rich foods, so to start off with ‘real food’ may not taste so great, but give it time, your palette will change, and you will be able to taste how amazing veggies actually taste in their natural form.

All the best of your sports journey, I hope this article is beneficial to you, if you wish to discuss anything I have mentioned feel free to hunt me down on social media through my blog “At a Pinch”, or email me at “atapinchmealplans@gmail.com”. Thanks, Nicci xx

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NICE NUT BARS

A perfect little snack loaded with good fats, natural sugars and a little bit of dark chocolate.

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You will need:

4 squares of good quality dark chocolate.

1 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

1/2 cup of raw almonds

1 1/2 cup of pitted dates

1/2 cup of shedded coconut

1/4 teaspoon of himalayan salt

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This is what you do:

In a small pot, melt the chocolate and coconut oil on a low heat. Stir to avoid burning, once melted , remove from the heat and add the vanilla essence.

In a food processor place the remaining ingredients and pulse until mixed well together.

Pour the melted mix into the processor and mix until well combined.

Line a dish with baking paper and press mix firmly into the dish.

Place in the freezer to set till its hard!

After it has set - remove and cut into bars!

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Enjoy and try not to eat it all at once!

Stacey x

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Fit cards are a fun way to create home workouts to keep you motivated! 

A few years ago I designed these cards to keep fit at home with a few fun games! The exercises include functional movements and body weight exercises to keep you moving and fit. 

Here is a sample game with some cards - which is included in the sets. Grab some friends and give it a go!

FREE SAMPLE:

Make sure you warm up first.

GAME ONE: “1 UP 10 DOWN”

Mark out a 3 - 5 m distance with cones.

Place the shooting star and the bear crawl card at the first cone and the push up card at the second cone.

Here is how the game goes:

At the first cone do 1 shooting star, then bear crawl to the next cone and complete 10 push ups. Bear crawl back to the first cone and complete 2 shooting starts, bear crawl to the second cone and complete 9 push ups.... and so on. So the shooting star you do 1 UP and the push ups you do 10 Down. 

Carry on until you complete the round.

Once you are finished make sure you cool down and stretch.

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Fit cards are great for at home use and for sports coaches.

I have a set to give away to one lucky person. If you would like to be in the draw all you need to do is leave me a comment on this blog post.

If you would like to grab your own set Contact me 

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Thank you once again for joining me here! I hope you have enjoyed reading about this amazing team and their journey! 

To wrap up this Blogazine I would like to wish KIS ONE all the best for the rest of their Netball season and go and smash it at the AIMS games this year! - Please leave a comment in the comments section wishing them all the best and I will be sure to pass them all onto the team.

If you are a teenager and you would like to feature on my blog please pop me a message!

If you are someone who has something to offer on the blog that may be helpful to this age group please pop me a message too!

Also remember to leave me a comment if you want to win yourself a set of fit cards!!!

Contact me

Thanks

Stacey x