Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tangled

'Tangled' the first artwork in my 'Dreamcatchers' series
A little less than a year ago I was feeling stuck. Tangled.

I was living in a nice Melbourne apartment with a great friend. I had completed my three year design degree with high distinctions. I was studying a new degree I was interested in. I had completed my cert 3 in fitness. I loved my job of teaching multiple group fitness classes a week. I had my own car - a cute little red Swift called 'Poppy'. I had partnered up to begin a design business with a friend. I was also doing work for freelance design clients of my own.

I knew I was lucky. From the outside I had it all. If anyone asked me 'how I was going' I'd enthusiastically say 'amazing!' and I'd gush about how grateful I was to be able to be doing the things I loved every day. It was true - I was living the dream. However, I had a problem. I wasn't happy.

Now, when I say that 'I wasn't happy' it wasn't that I didn't feel fulfilled or grateful or inspired by my life, I just didn't feel 'right'. I didn't feel right and I couldn't work out why. The truth was that I'd been feeling 'off' for a while. For a few months I struggled with my own internal demons trying to work out what was wrong with me. I couldn't find my sparkle - that glow. It was gone. And the more I pushed to find it, the more lost I became. I knew I had to change something. However, I was too scared to take the leap, leave my comfort zone and sort my shit out.

I believe that the universe has a way of pushing you in the right direction when you've wandered off path. In a matter of days, for multiple reasons, I suddenly found myself without a car, without a job and without study.

At the time it was the worst week of my life. I can't remember ever feeling such a sense of dread - of not knowing how I was going to stay in Melbourne without a job or study, of not knowing where to go next, what to do with my life or, to be honest, who I really was. It only took a week for the world I'd created for myself to collapse and leave me on my own. Vulnerable and raw. I'd invested so much of myself into my lifestyle that without it I was empty. Lost. A shell.

I now believe that this was the best thing which could have happened in my life at the time.

I needed that push to slow down. To stop, reflect and work out exactly who I was inside as a person - not who I was pushing myself into being through my lifestyle choices and what I perceived others expectations of me to be. Looking back now I realise that I was always 'switched on' - to the point where I was actually scared of myself. Yep, crazy right? I was terrified of being still and having to actually listen to what my body was trying to tell me - mentally, physically and emotionally. I believe that is why I was feeling so incomplete - I wasn't honouring or respecting myself. I'd lost my personal integrity. I'd forgotten how to be authentically 'me'.

It's been almost 12 months and in that time I've discovered so many new possibilities. I stepped into a new job which I love, I've made new friendships, I've tried new things and I've slowly rebuilt that connection with myself. I've learnt how to take time out and how to enjoy guilt free 'down time' when I need to - and simply when I feel like it! It's been a slow process and an interesting journey of getting to know myself again.

I now find myself at the stage where I'm ready to launch myself back into life - back working towards my goals and back determined to push myself. The coming couple of months are exciting me. I'm now strong enough to bring back some of the things which consumed my life 12 months ago. And this time I have that newfound knowledge that I can be successful whilst also staying true to myself.

I've freed myself from the tangle and I'm fresh with new energy, passion and enthusiasm. I've rediscovered my glow and I'm ready to share it with the world.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

we are Combi

Velvet Cacao Smoothie

Yesterday I met my gorgeous friend Katie from Gluten Freelance for a work meeting at the quaint little cafe, 'Combi' in Elwood. It was 2pm on a Monday afternoon and we were lucky to get a seat! This little piece of heaven offers a menu full of organic pressed juice, organic superfood smoothies, nut mylk, kombucha, healthy raw treats and glass jars filled with numerous types of goodness.

I indulged in a Velvet Cacao Smoothie - a luscious concoction of raw cacao, cacao nibs, fresh berries, coconut flesh, cinnamon, banana, protein powder and house made nut mylk. My favourite part? The coconut lip around the edge of the jar! Katie sipped on the Master Tonic juice - a feisty blend of carrot, turmeric, orange and ginger and we couldn't resist sharing a cacao and goji berry bliss ball.

Aside from the menu, the cafe itself is tropical and refreshing. Designed by the same people as hip hop yoga studio Yoga213, the interior is decorated with creative bits and pieces inspired by the ocean, road trips and adventure. I'll definitely be returning soon to sample the zucchini spaghetti and another sweat treat from the raw bar!



Sunday, March 30, 2014

my first illustrations published in print



One of my long time goals has been to have my artwork published in a print book. Well, goal accomplished!

I was super excited to receive my copes of Love Your Body Hayley Roper's new book 'Lighten Up' in the post last week. The book features a series of AllyLouise Creative illustrations commissioned late last year.

Grab yourself a copy! It's a beautiful publication.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

my new homepage is live


You may have noticed we've had a bit of a revamp around here.
Check out my new homepage at: www.allylouise.com
Exciting things ahead!
x

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

First illustration for 2014


My first illustration for 2014 - a custom piece for Mel from MelV Fitness . Mel is soon to release a brand new website and her very first ebook! She's a master of functional training and the 'if it fits your macros' style of eating. Keep an eye out on this girl in 2014!


Monday, January 6, 2014

And then it was 2014

New year
New focus
New possibilities
New goals
New opportunities
New excitement!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

currently...

Currently buried under a pile of pencils, paper and watercolour paints... I adore working on exciting new creative projects!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

tuesday morning

Tuesday morning. Weights - check! Yoga - check! Now currently head down, bum up busy working on an exciting new illustration project! Above is a little sneak peak I can share...
Loving immersing myself in coloured pencils, paper and watercolour paints!
How are you spending your day today?


Monday, November 25, 2013

birthday bliss

As one of my friends said to me yesterday - you know you are turning 24 when you get excited that someone gives you a zucchini spiraller! hahaha I was excited. Zucchini spirallers are awesome and I can't wait to give it a test run this week!

I had such a lovely weekend full of laughs, hugs, coffee dates, luncheons, frozen yoghurt, friends and family. I'm not a huge party animal so I chose to celebrate my 24th year with a series of little catch ups with those who mean the world to me. That's my idea of complete bliss.
I loved that my Mum drove down to Melbourne to spend the day with me. I don't see her very often, so it was so precious to have some girl time with the two of us. We enjoyed a yummy lunch by the ocean in St Kilda, green smoothies (avocado, kale, spinach, apple, pineapple and chia seeds!) and I took her into work to give her a first experience of lululemon goodness.

My housemate and amazing friend, Lauren, spoilt me with a frozen yoghurt bar date Saturday night, (in LOVE with that stuff), a healthy birthday cake to take into work with me on Saturday and a dinner date at the oriental tea house. I'm still recovering from all the cuddles and wishes from the weekend. I'm so happy and excited to be 24 - I can't wait to see what the coming months bring!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

24 today


I'm 24 today. Yep, it's my birthday! 
I'm pretty sure that my 23rd year has been my favourite year of living so far. This last week in particular has been one of the best weeks of my life.

I feel as though I've grown a lot over the last 12 months. There have been too many amazing moments to count and a few which, to be honest, totally sucked. However, I believe that it was through the crap times that I actually learnt the most about myself, so I'm choosing to treasure those experiences. I love this quote:

'An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it's going to launch you into something great!' 

That it did and I feel as though the last few months have been the best in my life. My wish last year was to 'find my glow' before my 24th Birthday. I felt as though I'd slowly let it fade and I wanted it back. I smiled when I woke up today with the realisation that I've found it again. I'm me again and that's the most amazing feeling in the world. 

I'm so happy and excited to see what the next 12 months bring!! I know my 24th year will be one filled with smiles, laughter, creativity, happiness, love, gratitude, positivity, inspiration, movement, nourishment, health, kindness, new experiences and adventure.