Variety Charity Movie Night Success!

My heart is so incredibly full!! Thank you to everyone who came last Saturday night in support of Variety Australia who help kids be kids ❤️ Not gonna lie, I was super stressed in the lead up to this but it was all worth it to see all those happy faces! 🤗🙊🤓 I had such an enjoyable night and I hope you all did too. Xx

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Variety and Miss World Australia

Hey guys!
On Sunday I took part in the Miss World Australia competition and was introduced to a fabulous organisation, Variety – the Children’s Charity of Australia. I’ve now decided to become an ambassador alongside Miss World Australia to help raise funds for children in need. Anything you can give would be much appreciated! I’ll also be looking to organise events to help fundraise so keep your eyes peeled and if you have any ideas or would like to help out in any way I’d love to hear from you!
Much love,
Mary xx

https://missworldaustralia2017.everydayhero.com/au/mary-s-variety-fundraising-page

Thank You!

Just wanted to take some time to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported me so far- it means the absolute world to me (especially considering how newbie I am at this lol). Also, UPDATE: I’ve had a couple of studio sessions and the music is sounding amazeballs so I can’t wait to share it all with you guys eeeepppp. Not too long now guys!! Again, thank you thank you thank youuuuu
Mary xx

Let’s Talk Body Image…

Thought I’d share what I wrote for a friends blog a few days ago…

I think we all struggle with body image a little. I used to be very skinny growing up and when I hit puberty I put on weight, got curves and basically had to get a brand new wardrobe.

I think growing up as an overachiever and a huge perfectionist, I let these attitudes on how I should be and how I should look flow into my personal life and for a while it affected me greatly, even though I was careful to not let it show. The thing about trying to be perfect is it’s a silent battle with yourself and it gets you nowhere.

Being a dancer we’re always in front of a mirror and you become very self-aware. Our whole creations are essentially aesthetic in nature. Dancers can be very hard on themselves but living a healthy balanced lifestyle is the key to performing at your best and that involves sustaining your body with enough nutrients.

Recently, deciding to try modeling and delving into the music industry has brought body image back to the forefront of my life. I have to consider how I look and how I choose to present myself to the world and we get caught up in the ‘ideal’ or what you need to be in order to ‘make it’. But I’ve also come to realise the immense power and responsibility that comes with that burden. I’ve always wanted to perpetuate what my body really is and not be false as a creative artist. I know I’m not tall and skinny and I knew that going into it so I always tell photographers that I’m not a ‘typical’ model. But who wants typical anyway? It is our individual uniqueness that is beautiful and should be celebrated.

It is our individual uniqueness that is beautiful and should be celebrated.

These days I wouldn’t deny myself that extra slice of cake or my family’s delicious Filo style feasts. But I try my best on a daily basis to eat well and exercise often because that’ how I can make the most of this precious life I’ve been given.I guess what I’m trying to say is I’ve come to terms with being a woman with a woman’s body. Ladies and gentlemen, please don’t harm your body with those commercial weight loss products! Don’t pay to be TrendTea!

Happy love your body week! I also think it’s quite fitting that this coincides with R U OK day. If anyone needs to, feel free to call me, message me, rock up to my house.

Thanks Fiona for asking me to write about my own experiences! This has been a truly liberating process.

#TrendTeaLife #DontpaytobeTrendtea  #loveyourbody #ruok

you can find the original post here: https://trendtealife.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/168/

Lots of love,

Mary xx

Earth Day 2016

Today is Earth Day. A day to remember that this world is our only home. I’ve always had a great respect for the beauty and power of nature. Maybe because I grew up in the country and have always been surrounded by wide open landscapes, animals and people who both love and appreciate the planet as a source of not only income but also great joy and awe. The hard truth is: this planet is dying, quicker than we would like to believe. It may seem like an impossible task for one person to fix but the whole point is that it can only be conserved through the complete and utter unity of mankind. And I think that is kind of a beautiful thing. If we can’t come together for this common goal, then we don’t deserve this wonderful blue spec in the universe. So walk to work, donate to WWF (if you can), eat organic, buy eco friendly products, recycle, support science research and educate yourself. If the earth dies, so do we. Plus, think of all the cute animals!

Mary xx

Why I would rather be an overemotional wreck than a non-feeling robot: reasons why it’s both my greatest strength and weakness

When I was a baby, I was born crying my eyes out and my parents swear that they’d never heard a baby cry as loudly or as frequently as I did. If I wanted something, no matter how big or small, I would let someone know about it. And the truth is I’ve never really stopped being an emotional drama queen throughout my 21 years of life on this planet. The only difference is, instead of being outwardly emotional, as I’ve grown up I’ve learnt to keep my emotions more to myself. It doesn’t mean that they’re not there or I don’t care about things, they’re just hidden and only made visible to people whom I wholeheartedly trust.

From my experience, I’ve found that being overemotional usually works out in my favour. Maybe overemotional is a bad way to put it. It can also be taken as passionate and extremely caring. Honestly, it does have some good and bad side effects.

  1. I’m a positive person: Because of this quality that I have, I’m often quite a positive person. I see the best in people and situations first and foremost. People and situations are good until proven otherwise. A downside of this is that I can sometimes think that things are better than they actually are despite the screaming signs and obvious clues…ie. I can be a tad delusional.
  2. It helps with being creative: being quite a creative person having the ability to tap into my emotions on a daily basis is a definite plus!
  3. I feel A LOT: Ok so I want to go out and have a good time? – I will. I see a really sad video on social media- ok let me just cry in my corner for a good 20 minutes. I can be totally in to do something or I may just want to mope around and be depressed for a bit. Nothing against the people around me, I’m just going to be a bit of a downer for a while.
  4. I have an opinion on everything: if I say I don’t care, chances are I totally care about it but just don’t have the energy to explain my feelings on the subject. I care about the little and the big things and I tend to overanalyze things.
  5. I put in 100%: I give a lot. Whether it’s in my academic studies or relationships, I tend to put a lot of work and effort into it. It’s a good thing in some cases but if it’s one-sided or doesn’t pay off, it hurts a lot. Diving in headfirst is always going to be risky business but it’s the rare occasions where it actually works out, when the benefits outweigh the risks which makes it all worth it.
  6. The highs are higher but the lows are lower: Yes. Because I invest a lot, emotionally and physically in whatever I’m doing, my life can be a strange balance of extremes.

Sometimes I feel that I feel too much but then I think to myself, ‘you know what, I wouldn’t have it any other way’. At the end of the day, if I had a choice, I would be an overemotional mess rather than a non-feeling numb robot. Because that would just be boring and no one wants to live a boring life. Like I said, the highs are higher and the lows are lower but I think (for me at least, everyone goes through life differently) that having higher highs makes life so utterly amazing, magical and beautiful when you feel absolutely everything. Don’t get me wrong, the lows absolutely suck and sometimes I wish I didn’t feel so deeply about things. But that’s how I know that I’m truly living my life to the fullest. Even in situations that broke my heart at the time, I always remember most vividly the times that I felt like I could fly, like I was on top of the world. And it is the giving up of those memories that I simply cannot live with.