Feeling Frockin’ Awesome

Frocktober helps me Act, Belong, Commit

From the 8th to the 15th of October is Mental Health week in WA and the theme is Act, Belong, Commit. Mental health is always worth talking about, and the relationship between that and fashion/dressing up for me ( particulaly in Frocktober ) is an interesting one.

Anxiety (in varying degrees) is a by-product of loving fashion and being a prolific social media user.  It can manifest in the form of the fear of missing out (FOMO), frivolity and even feelings of inadequacy.

To combat or allay anxiety you need to ACT; ritualistically putting on a dress every day and taking a photo, saving your hashtags in a memo on your phone to you don’t forget, snapping a backlog of photos, asking friends and colleagues to take photos.

I was stressing about Frocktober – then this photo happened;

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The action of standing in the wind and embracing the wild weather relaxed me!

As I touched on in my last entry “Nearly Ovar(y) it?”  – the act of inclusion, Em asking me to team up together was such a small and effective one. It re-engaged me when I didn’t feel motivated. Don’t under estimate the power of reaching out in any way; the feeling of BELONGing can spurn wonderful things!

The act of inclusion motivated us to reach out to other Perth creatives, and set up some pretty stellar events;

  1. The Frocktober Fashionable Afternoon Tea – October 22nd, Jonté Designs, 12pm – 3pm, $15 (ticketed)
  2.  Shop and Sip for Frocktober – October 13th and 27th, Mercado32, 5.30pm-7.30pm, free!

Speaking of events, collaborations and fundraising – COMMITment(!)
As a Face of Frocktober, being accountable to other people, time management, not to mention having to field the questions of friends, colleagues and family about what your fundraising. Down to organising brownies for an office bake sale!

Frocktober is giving me a new relationship with fashion. I am now okay with people seeing me as distinct, based purely on the way I dress. My talent for playing dress-ups, via Frocktober can draw attention to women’s health, specifically Ovarian Cancer.

Ovaries are important, the cells they produce make up about 50% of a human being. Procreation and longevity are the end game, but I am passionate about ensuring the organs (which I have) can be looked after in a practical and affordable way. Ovaries are pretty important!

I have a distinct feeling my Frocktober experiences are laying some pretty exciting groundwork for my next ‘chapter’ –  should be a laugh!

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Photo by @natventuring Photography
Frock from @Mercado32 Clothing Exchange

To make a tax-refundable donation: https://frocktober2016.everydayhero.com/au/two-fine-femmes

For all event announcements and some fabulous frocks, follow my Instagram; @thetangibleblog

To become a 2016 Frockette/Frocker Fundraiser, sign up here

To donate or find out more about Frocktober, or see Megan Hess’ beautiful campaign art – go here!

If you have unwanted, unworn, unloved frocks, I will collecting them throughout the month of October, to donate on!

 

Busy Sickness: There is a difference

No better time than the end of the week to reflect between being busy and productive; and knowing the difference.

My mantra has been “better busy than bored” for many years now, and I now digress from it. To be busy simply means “to be occupied”, or “to have a great deal to do”, it does not equate to being productive, or a feeling of fulfilment.
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And Everything Inbetween: My first fitness Bootcamp

Not every day you find someone who really gets your heart started.
I had the pleasure of discovering yet another excellent Perth creative, Keely of KCfit. She is a #girlboss guaranteed to get your heart started!

Having discovered the warm and friendly climate outside of my comfort zone, I decided to challenge myself – attending my first fitness Bootcamp.

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Frocktober 2015 & Mental Health week: What Frocktober has taught me

After nearly a week (October 6th) I’d had a grand total of $00.00 donated to my Frocktober fund.

https://frocktober2015.everydayhero.com/au/absolutely-frilling-frocktober

It bothers me less than it did last year. I thought I had failed last year, when I didn’t reach the same target as the previous year (~$2, 600).

It bothers me less because Frocktober has taught me valuable lessons about standards, fundraising, social media and innovation.

Allow me to explain…

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And Everything Inbetween: Has Social Media Influenced Healthy Eating?

I had a thought over my avocado and tomato omelette last Saturday morning.

Would I have bothered to cook this for myself if it wasn’t for social media?

While the actual truth is I didn’t have milk or bread – I cannot honestly say if I would have learned to cook an omelette/eggs if it wasn’t for social media.

Which leads me to my next question, has social media influenced our cooking and eating habits?

Yes.

Has social media influenced MY cooking and eating habits?

Yes and I am happy for it.

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