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fernwood waurn pondsI’m going to try something I have never done before today. Going to ask you to put some music on while you listen to this post! Music is a fundamental in my life and has been since I was a teenager. It is so strong in the way that it affects us and our moods. We subscribe to Spotify and even the children are comfortable using it and having access to the broad range of music to stream to their playroom. I’m grateful for music!

So you look at this picture of me working out and you think; some high energy music behind it. But what is really going on in my mind is serenity.

I want you to get yourself a nourishing drink and get comfortable and then pop on Labrinth (feat. Emeli  Sande) Beneath Your Beautiful. Now at first the lyrics might seem irrelevant; but that’s music for you. Music is open to your own interpretations, when you are listening the music is yours. You can bring your own meaning to things and instantly this song resonated with me while I have been working on seeing my inner beauty through my journey in health. As soon as you view this song as a conversation with self, you should understand where I am coming from x

“You’ve carried on so long
You couldn’t stop if you tried it
You’ve built your wall so high
That no one could climb it
But I’m gonna try”

If you have missed it, I’m blogging for Fernwood Waurn Ponds now and exploring that opportunity to embrace health. And yep I’d love it if you could pop over and like their page to support me and what I do – and they have a legitimately awesome club so if you are local and know someone who would appreciate it please do share the word.


Just one of the many little sweet touches that Fernwood offer: Fresh face towels. Love this place x

My Dad has always told me not to embrace the word try. Isn’t that a bit of the old Star Wars wisdom; don’t try – do. Whilst I live in that philosophy  of ‘doing’ these lyrics still struck a chord with me. I have absolutely carried on slogging my body and mind being a Mum and running our business and built a psychological wall so high that I felt I couldn’t climb back to physical, functional health and strength. Perhaps someone reading can relate. It all got so hard I didn’t know how to get back. I decided that something awful would happen if I pushed my body.

Guess what. Nothing awful is happening. I’ve been on my Fernwood journey for a month or so now and things are just getting better and better. But not completely in an ‘instant results’ kind of way and overall in a much more deep learning than expected. There have been lots of great side effects on sleep quality and mood, but you can’t realllly see much on my body for now. However I can feel a lot. I feel like my body is moving and stretching. Stretching! I have learnt how tightened up my whole body is.

I also get instant results from beating my PB again and again. That feels ace, and it feels empowering to know how to walk into a gym and move my body. Each visit creating long term results. Something I love-love-loved was getting back to group classes (my fav’s are Body Balance and Yoga). Body Balance was in the dark! I just LOVED that. I’m also very impressed with the calibre of the people leading the group classes. The people I have met have been authentic, well qualified, caring group session leaders and the women attending the classes were a broad section of women I could relate to as my sister, my Mother or Aunt or of course friend.

It hasn’t necessarily been an easy thing to attend; it is such a busy time of year. My hot tip is to make time, don’t look for it. It always feels twice as good as thought it might once you are finished a workout. I also recommend that you let go of what you think it looks like to go to the gym. Just freaking go! No-one cares what you look like. I’m wearing 10 year old shoes and some op shop pants; and don’t get me wrong, I would prefer something that breaths more, something more bright and fun and motivational because goodness knows how I love colour. This is what I have now. Start there. Start with whatever you have that gets you to the gym. Start.

Would you let, me, see beneath your beautiful?
Would you let, me, see beneath your perfect?
Take it off now girl, take it off now girl
I wanna see inside
Would you let, me, see beneath your beautiful tonight?

So that song has become like a haunting message of inspiration because the answer is definitely YES. I believe in showing my children that it is ok to love your self and I want to set that example. Im going to take off the layers of self doubt. How much do I love myself, am I willing to let go and generate new self respect?


When you work out you don’t look glamorous, you look like you are working out.. and thats ok!

These comments reflect how profound and deep the simple act of ‘working out’ becomes. Something that has struck me is how many learnings I gather from my workouts before, during and after. My body is doing and my mind is clearing and reorganising and relaxing. For the first few weeks I had this outpouring where I would feel like crying after my workouts. You can call it detox or a shift or whatever you so choose. Something I realised was that it wasn’t all together the gym but just being away from my children that was eliciting that reaction. I am proudly an AP Mumma and I am rarely without my family, that’s how I like things. I hadn’t felt like I was going along putting on a front – but then being away from them, days in a row, for just that 30 minutes or a little more was giving me that opportunity for release and rejuvenation  I didn’t know I needed. My children are 3 and 5 so it is a good time, they don’t mind me being gone. Not a bit.
I’m finding that at this point I have mostly have released everything that I was holding emotionally and that now I just feel accomplished after my workouts. I feel great! Great 🙂
I’m gonna climb and you can run, freak out,
I’ll hold your hand and then we’ll jump right out
We’ll be falling, falling
But that’s okay
Cause I’ll be right here
I just wanna know

And I do want to know. Where can I grow? Who can I be? Who can I be when I am looking after myself inside, out and all over. What can I achieve in that prime nurtured state for my family and the broader community? Let’s see..
Pippa Buxton Director at Little Eco Nest Eco Store





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2 Responses to On the road

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    JOYCE January 15, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    Hi Pip

    I have joined Ferwnood Waurn Ponds this week and can’t wait to get started! Might see you there x

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      Pippa Buxton January 16, 2014 at 12:06 am #

      Oh great Joyce – see you there for sure! I feel excited for you; it is a fantastic opportunity there. Such genuine people and the equipment and classes are awesome. I had my PT last night and I keep on learning new things each time and am amazed how much stronger I am after a short time.

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