A little less serious
Name: Sam Bonnor
Where are you right now- tell us what you can see?
In my home office. I can see my 2 little boys playing on the lounge outside and also looking at my lawn with a twitching eye as it badly needs to be mowed haha.
What did you have for breakfast?
An acai bowl from my new fave local cafe. It was beyond amazing. A little obsessed.
What are you usually doing at 11pm?
Usually asleep by then! Although my bf and I have been obsessed with the tv series Empire, so could potentially be watching that.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I am obsessed with Disney movies. My all time favourite would be the Little Mermaid. I was always in my own little dream bubble as a kid and I would imagine being a Disney princess. So innocent… maybe I still daydream about it haha!
A little more serious
Tell us a bit about your story? What defines you?
I definitely believe falling pregnant with my first baby saved me from my own destructive mind. I was that girl that was always so happy and carefree on the outside but so unhappy on the inside. Body image was such a big thing to me. As a girl we all grow up with expectations, pressure and all that comes with looking ‘perfect’. I don’t even know how or when it started but I was not very nice to myself. I would starve myself, then binge, I would over exercise to the point I was so tired and had literally no hormones left. I’d make my self throw up then cry because I knew how yucky it was. Back then I was probably 8-10 kilos lighter then what I am now and I used to think I was fat! Falling pregnant really saved me in the way that I learnt to appreciate what my body was capable of doing (after being worried if I would even fall pregnant), I wanted to look after myself for my child, be a role model to him and I just wanted to be happy. I always say thank you to him for coming into my life unexpectedly and for helping me to become the stronger woman that I am today.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced in your life?
To just learn to love myself. To find the positives over the ‘flaws’. I think once you start to look at yourself in a positive light and stop caring about what other people think, a whole new world opens up for you.
How did you overcome that challenge?
I guess I’m still overcoming my challenges. But definitely having the right support system, time and growing up have really helped me.
What is the biggest lesson you have learnt?
Everyone has their own struggles and stories.
What would you tell your 15year old self?
Oh so many things.. to not be so hard on yourself, to not let other peoples opinions get to you, to not waste my time on certain situations and people, to have fun, to be carefree!
What is your biggest life tip?
To just be yourself. I have learnt so much in the last few years to just do what you want, be who you want to be, to not feel guilty about saying no. I used to care what people thought about me and what I did and how I looked but when it comes down to it none of that matters. Having supportive family and friends is what matters. Being happy and healthy and living life the way you want to is what matters. Making my own beautiful little family is what matters 🙂
What do you think is the biggest issue facing women today?
Body image! It has always been an issue but now that it is in our faces all the time we expect too much from ourselves and each other to look and act in this unrealistic perfect way!
What do you think is the biggest opportunity for women today?
To empower, motivate and inspire other women to be the best that they can be.
Finish the sentence This Is me …and I’ve decided to be my very best self. Other peoples opinions do not matter!