IS DRINKING THE DEVIL?
Is Acupuncture the New Botox?
I often get asked why I decided to quit alcohol, and this is often followed by a comment like “well, you must not be much fun”. I like to challenge that question by saying “I now get to have fun with my friends. I get to remember my night. I get to play with my baby boy the next day and go for a run because I feel fresh. What’s not to love!?”
You see, I used to drink to get drunk. I didn’t drink because I loved the taste - in fact I loathed the taste. I drank to escape life; essentially to run away.
THINKING OF BECOMING A HEALTH COACH?
I’m a wellness advocate, but I want Botox.
The wellness industry is all about self-love. It’s about accepting ourselves for who we are. So does that include us pumping our faces with Botox?
When I was 23, I was told by my modelling agency that I needed Botox. Awesome. So I got it and the results changed my life forever. Not only did my first experience result in looking 10 years younger, but I was also lucky enough to birth a protruding vein on my forehead.
A mum's tale of a 21-day yoga challenge
So many people have asked me about IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) and how I became a Holistic Health Coach, so I thought it would be best to write a full post about my experience.
Twelve months ago, I launched my website, Jacintha Akkerman. During my darker days when I spent my 20’s and early 30's binge drinking, binge eating, smoking and taking drugs, I wished I had somewhere to go for inspiration to build a better life for myself. I wished I had a community I could turn to. And this is what Jacintha Akkerman is. A space to be, where people can come to heal. A community where we all inspire each other, through kindness, to discover our true calling and not be fearful to do so.
Search for a Soul Mate
I have always had a resistance to yoga. I have dipped in and out but I have never made a full commitment to it. I'm not sure why maybe I was scared to go deeper because I never knew what I would find?! But for some reason, yoga was calling me and I needed to listen in to that calling. I had a pretty tough year last year and I just knew yoga was what my soul needed.
A date with Jamie from COSMIC KIDS (yoga and meditation)
Before I met Jesse, I was single for seven years.
Previous to that, I had been in some not-so-great relationships, one in particular. I was young and lacked self-confidence. I was struggling with who I was, and I was quite immature.
Kindness - throw it around like confetti
Well, we're tickled pink to share this interview with you. We all know yoga is good for us and we all need to do it more (note to self) but is it beneficial for kids?! I wanted to find out. I searched online for kids yoga for months and months but I just couldn't find anything suitable. Then wooollaaaaaa... We stumbled across Cosmic Kids on YouTube and instantly fell in love. Being three my very active little monkey has a short attention span, therefore, I always knew yoga would be challenging.
"I was a single mum for two weeks and I fell apart"
We are living in a world where our phones have become our first love. At any opportunity we whip them out to settle discussions, to take photos, to scroll over people's lives. I feel social media has made people become quite narcissistic (myself included). We think that people want to know what we are up to all the time - but whatever happened to a little bit of mystery?
Why I have been called "Mouse" my entire life
My hubby (to-be) Jesse booked a trip to Europe. His best mates live there and I knew how much he missed them, so I encouraged him to go.
I didn’t really think about the logistics, I just knew he had to be there.
To keep me sane, we enrolled Axel at a new childcare centre.
But the weekend before Jesse left, Axel started acting up.
Finding a happy balance with my weight
For as long as I can remember I have had the nickname Mouse. But why Mouse?!
Recalling my younger years, my beautiful mumma tells the story of how she heard
A DATE WITH RACHAEL FINCH
When I wrote the piece about boxing, a key to a happy life, I didn’t expect it to turn into a piece about my weight in high school. But it has. I have always been embarrassed about the way I looked in high school. I felt like I was a heifer. But looking back I wasn't “fat” at all. How I felt and what the reality were two very different things.
Running 21kms on Zero Sleep
This recipe comes courtesy of Rachael Finch, a delicious macro lunch bowl!
Boxing, the key to a happy life
For YEARS I had the goal to run a half-marathon, but honestly I never thought I would. Most of my life has been filled with excuses. “I'm not fit enough” and “you can’t do that”.
The delicious devil
I have tried most sports. I love to be challenged but it wasn’t always that way. In high school, I was that big-boned (aka fat) kid. I loved my food and sugar but what I didn’t realise at the time was that I was eating my feelings.
Just after high school, I knew I needed to make a commitment to exercise so I bought some exercise videos from one of those Morning Show infomercials. I chose Tae Bo - an at-home workout I could do anytime.
Breaking away from the dark hole
Sugar. Sweet, sweet sugar. I truly believe sugar is the DEEEELICIOUS devil. I have always been a sugar lover.
In fact, I am the first to admit, I, Jacintha Akkerman, AM A SUGAR ADDICT. For me, sugar is like crack. I eat one piece and it turns to one block, two blocks. You know the delicious story. Then it’s like my body can’t stop. I crave it. I eat it. I eat more. Then I get grumpy.
I QUIT ALCOHOL
I can feel myself seep into a dark hole cause my mind becomes super negative. My mood changes. My self talk is horrible. I stay indoors more. I’m usually a carer, but I don’t want to help other people and try to avoid them. I take everything personally and feel attacked. I live in the digital world and scroll social media relentlessly.
WHY GRATITUDE IS THE KEY TO LIFE
I used to have the motto, “I'm here for a good time, not a long time”, and my golly I have had a good time. But did drinking make me eternally happy? NO! And in hindsight, how awful was that motto?!
Let's Get Real. Vulnerability is not a weakness, it’s a strength
We get caught up in so much BS that is so insignificant in this life. “He said this”, “she said that”. But at the end of the day, does it really matter? There are people in this world that can't walk. People who can't talk. People who have no money. People who don't have a home. And we are worried about what "so and so" said?! It's almost like we create drama in our own minds because we are so scared of being in the present moment.
How stepping into the spotlight healed my shame
“Vulnerability is not weakness. It's about the willingness to show up and be seen when you can’t control the outcome. It is our greatest measure of courage. So show up in an authentic way and let us see your hearts because we know how lonely you really are.” - Brene Brown
My Struggle with Meditation
by Sita Huber
I know I ‘m lucky to have been given this opportunity. But it didn’t fall in my lap, nor did it happen overnight. In fact, I nurtured the hell out of every inch of this wild and wondrous journey.
Making any tv show, as it turns out, is no small feat. It's a combination of exact science, and going with the flow at a level that just kind of makes your ‘I wish I could control this’ mind do a head spin. It’s not for the faint of heart, or those of us with say, unresolved anxiety and shame issues.
So, knowing this, why do I struggle with meditation? I have read for years about the benefits of meditating. I have dabbled in it on and off for years. But you know what my issue is? Meditating is about putting yourself first, something I (and many mums and others) struggle to do.