Travelling the world & talking to burn survivors helped Lucy accept her own scars.
My goal for The Essential Life is simple: to change the world.
Hey Australia! I have something important I want to tell you: the marriage equality postal vote is a slippery slope!
This is the story of what one woman learned as she battled disordered eating.
Hope is a living prayer that makes living a life that is so much more than survival possible.
I Am Alexander: The story of my transition from female to make & from America to Australia.
Voting 'YES' in Australia's upcoming postal vote is about more than marriage equality. It also sends a big message to LGBTQ+ youths.
Sometimes, it can seem that the world has come so far with equality & other times it can feel like an uphill struggle. Still, there is hope.
Even if you're not part of the LGBTQ+ community, Australia, you need to vote 'yes' & this is why.
We start out in life with the intrinsic wisdom of a child. As we grow into adults, we lose some of that valuable child-like wisdom & courage.
When we are faced with challenge & tumult, the secret to thriving is to keep going.
Joe has a mission in life & that mission is to help others. This is his story.
In Sharing the stories & experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals, we hope to spread acceptance & love. This is one woman's story.
Growing up in an open-minded & accepting community afforded Alex the opportunity to come to terms with her sexuality on her own. This is her story.
Travel is a life changing experience & a journey to find yourself.
What do you do when your best friend heads down a harmful & dangerous path?
Australia, it's time to legislate for marriage equality & this is why.
In the middle of war, I found peace.
First there was confusion, then there was depression & then came anger. After all of that, Claire is a confident individual with a positive message for anyone struggling with feelings of confusion related to their sexuality.
Going through the Catholic school system, Bo was terrified in the concept of hell & what they meant for an LGBTQ+ individual. Fortunately, Bo found a welcoming community & a brighter tomorrow, now they want to spread the message that you will find a brighter tomorrow as well.
A story of how life does not always go as planned, even when you’ve got big plans!
You might think marriage equality doesn't affect you, but it does & this why.
Through the sharing of the unique experiences of all people, it is our hope that we can bring greater understanding & connectedness into the world. With that in mind, is the experience of one woman who identifies as demibixeual.
While most Western Countries, The United States included, have already legalised gay marriage, Australia has yet to have marriage equality. Instead, as of this date, they are going forward with a plebiscite which leaves the rights of a minority group of people in the hands of the majority.
We have all asked ourselves the BIG questions in life: what is my purpose here? What is the meaning of life?...We keep asking these BIG questions, but what if the answers are self-evident & lie within us?
What is it like to travel across the world & spend an entire year in a far away country? It's a little something like this...
For Kenny Matthews, his life is so much bigger than being a burn survivor. His life is about being a human being who has been given the opportunity to shine his life into the world.
Too often, we look for happiness outside of ourselves rather than focusing on being our own reason to smile.
The door to Heaven is always there for us, all we have to do is choose it.
Sometimes we force ourselves to work hard in the hopes that overworking ourselves will produce success. In reality, overworking doesn't have much to do with success. Success if driven by passion.
The Essential Life Inspired
Sometimes, it can feel like, as we endeavour to breathe goodness into the world, we are fighting a losing battle. With so much hatred, intolerance & negativity around us, the compulsion to turtle-up inside of ourselves becomes difficult to squelch. In times where terrorists, white supremacists & world leaders seem bent on dividing the world, investing in violence & hatred, for those of us who seek to help build a better world, it can all feel like too much.
In times when goodness seems to be in short supply, when our well of strength to keep fighting seems to have run dry, The Essential Life wants to create a space where we can fall back on the support of a community of like-minded people all fighting for goodness, tolerance, equality, fairness & a better world for the future. It is our hope that, through the sharing of our stories - stories of the times in our lives where we faced tumult & persevered, or stories of times where we experienced the goodness & love that humanity is capable of - that we will be able to build a community whose ties run deep. We want to facilitate the growth of a community that is a sanctuary in the storm of injustice. A community that is not only connected, but also supports one another in filling up our proverbial cups so that, each day, we can go out into the world, with our best face on & continue our quest to shine the light of connectedness into the world in order to be the change that we truly want to bring about.
The Essential Life's Inspo Well is a well of inspirational stories, anecdotes, news articles & quotes which prove that there is still goodness in the world. Not just that, however, the Inspo Well is about showing members of our community that there is MORE goodness in the world than there is evil.
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