All things crystal and energy healing with Cayla Tudehope

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For the last month or so, it’s been battle of the babes for the Badgelor’s heart, and we just can’t stop talking about it.

There’s been no shortage of drama since it’s premier in August – from past flings to full blown bullying.

However, unless you have live under a rock with no common sense whatsoever, you’ll know that a  lot of these reality tv shows – the bachelor included – like to manipulate ‘characters’ and story lines to keep you coming back week to week.

Conversations are cut and only portions of peoples personalities are shown – perhaps one of the most manipulated personalities was Cayla Tudehope or as they dubbed her ‘Crystal Cayla’.

Cayla is an energy healer and runs her crystal jewelry business, Love Loons.

WHAT IS ENERGY HEALING?

‘Energy Healing is a term for a number of different techniques that manipulate the energy in our Physical or Subtle bodies to regain balance and facilitate our body’s natural ability to heal.’  – www.loveloons.com

41267995_338182596927185_3546708542592195752_n.jpgSpirituality shouldn’t be something that is made fun of, nor is the beliefs of one person just because they differ from yours and that is, in essence, what happened while she was on the show.

Cayla is a very kind, compassionate and spiritual person and I was fortunate enough to chat to her about her time on The Bachelor and learn about all things energy healing and Love Loons.

What drove your decision to go on the bachelor?

‘I honestly just felt guided by the universe to apply, I was even a day or two late with the application . I never thought or ever had the intention prior to ever competing against other women on a show like that . But I learnt a lot of lessons in there , met some soul family members and so overall it was meant to be.’ 

The way the show portrayed you isn’t at all even a glimpse of your personality, if you had one sentence to explain the type of human you are what would it be?

‘That I care about us evolving in consciousness, that I care about people , about the collective. That the interests of us as a whole, for me, is my biggest focus . I’m here of service, we are one & I want to help us all evolve on our spiritual journey.’

When did you get into energy healing/crystals?

‘I got into energy healing around 17-18 years old . But crystals a few years before that. Particularly in high school I started to learn more.’

What do you love about energy healing?

‘That it enables us to see ourselves than more than our 3D self and on a metaphysical higher consciousness level of spirit,  here to learn life lesson & become better people & change the earth we live on.’ 

What do you want other people to understand about crystals and energy healing?

‘That we have mental, emotional, physical & spiritual needs that are all connected & energy healing and crystals assist on these levels.’

How important is holistic living to you?

‘It’s everything. Having the lifestyle and everyday something new challenging you , trying to be conscious of things – I’m a minimalist in every sense. I’m happiest when I have very little possessions because I know what it’s like to be the most miserable person ever & no amount of possessions can make you happy – so therefore I derive my focus on enjoying the simple things in life.’

Where did Love Loons, your crystal jewelry business, come from?

‘The name got told to me in the middle of the night when I woke up & I love the meaning of the loon, which symbolises hope & with Tudehope being my last name there was that connection . The loon to the natives meant rising from the ashes & that to me symbolises the trials we go through in life.’ Cayla creates beautifully crafted crystal necklaces, each crystal has a different healing property – You can purchase them here.

What’s your favourite crystal and why?

‘I have quite a few favourites as they help at different times but a few are:
Pietersite – Pietersite is an important tool in bringing pent-up, internalized feelings and conflicts to the surface, allowing the unsaid and unexamined to erupt in an emotional outpouring that not only clears the air, but begins the process of healing. 

Danburite – Danburite point a high vibrational crown chakra crystal to activate your higher abilities , higher self and intuition . 

Rose quartz – The soft pink emanations of Rose Quartz comforts and heals any wounds the heart has suffered, penetrating the inner chambers of the Heart Chakra where emotional experiences are recorded and stored.’

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What did going on the show teach you?

‘So much that it would take days to explain – my producer in particular was an amazing person who I believe helped me remember who I really am. Own who I am and release any unhealed parts of myself that I didn’t even know I needed healing , I learnt a lot from the relationships with the girls and made some life long friends .

My biggest focus in there was integrity , honour & intentions are everything , and I upheld myself to that.

Any final words or wisdom for our readers?

Create a life of meaning , of purpose , of being conscious of the lessons we learn along the way , to be compassionate , loving & kind to others but just as importantly to ourselves. Self love is one of the biggest life lessons that took me awhile to work through and I still have some more work to do . Let’s make this world a better place.


You can find Cayla on instagram here

Adventures In Wonderland – By Alice

Every time I travel overseas, or locally, I try to capture certain moments through photography. It might not be anything particularly special to the naked eye, but there’s always a story behind every snap. I had always wanted to go overseas as a kid and during my teens, but didn’t have an opportunity until I finished high school in 2012. So in 2013, I decided that I wanted to go somewhere new (either overseas or in Australia) every year. I’ve achieved that so far and hope to keep it up in the coming years. The opportunity to travel shouldn’t be taken for granted. The freedom to meet new people and discover different cultures is so valuable and I think these experiences should be shared!

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This beautiful country absolutely stole my heart. From the busy market streets and tourist hubs to the Himalayas and friendly locals – it is the perfect getaway. You won’t regret taking the time to explore this amazing country.

BOUDHANATH STUPA (BOUDHA, KATHMANDU)

The largest stupa in Nepal (and one of the largest in the world), it’s not surprising that this is one of the most popular tourist sites in Kathmandu. It is also the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet itself, symbolising the rich Buddhist culture of Tibet and Nepal alike. The stupa was one of many historical sites damaged in the 2015 earthquake and needed rebuilding, then opened again 18 months later in 2016. As well as groups of tourists visiting this stupa, there are also local Buddhists who visit to practice prayer and mindfulness every day. While you’re there, walk a kora (circle) around the stupa while listening to the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra… for a taste of mindfulness practices.

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STUPA SQUARE (BOUDHA, KATHMANDU)

The Boudhanath Stupa is surrounded by buildings facing towards it, creating a town circle around it and a community atmosphere. Some of the places occupying these building includes market stalls with arts and crafts, authentic restaurants, coffee shops, rooftop bars (with beautiful views and cheap beers) and an ancient monastery where Monks continue to practice and live.

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Written By Alice Moran
Alice is a  local Geelong gal who loves to travel, enjoys photography as a hobby and wants to hear and share more stories. You can check out her Instagram here

The Question Igniting Discussion About Mental Illness

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“IT’S LIKE YOU’RE SAD ALL THE TIME AND THAT’S THE ONLY THING YOU CAN FEEL, YOU’RE DROWNING IN SADNESS AND YOU DON’T SEE A POINT TO ANYTHING AND NOTHING IS GOING TO MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER.”

Every morning as Sophie*, 22, opens her eyes and peeks out from under the bedcovers she is flooded with the crippling fear that today she will disappoint someone.

“The bed is safe, it’s warm, I don’t have to be anywhere and fake that I’m ok, I can’t disappoint anyone there,” she said.

Thoughts of failing uni or not being there for someone and not knowing how to support them plague Sophie like a dark cloud and leave her in a constant state of unease.

Anxiety and depression crept into Sophie’s life when she was just 16, slowly infiltrating her mind before coming to a climax two years later.

“I started getting feelings of sadness around 16, but it would come and go and then it fully hit when I was 18 and doing VCE, coming out of school and had the pressure of friendships.”

She said sometimes her thoughts were so distressing that she turned to hurting herself to stop the whirlwind in her mind.

“I’d sometimes have thoughts like the world would be better if I wasn’t here; Mum and Dad wouldn’t worry about me if I wasn’t here, I wouldn’t have to feel like I’m disappointing people, I wouldn’t have to struggle every day,” she said.

“I’d bang my head into things or piss the cat off so she’d give me a bit of a nip.

“For a little while it would put my mind on ‘ow that hurts’ and give me something to focus on to help me stop panicking and stop being sad, but it never really helped for long.”

But Sophie still struggled to get people to understand her mental health condition.

“It’s hard to make people understand, it’s hard sometimes to even get across how you feel or why you feel that way, you can just be feeling it,” she said.

“It can be that people roll their eyes and people don’t want to hear about it.

“I would call in sick to work but I would make up a story that I had a migraine because I feel like if I said ‘I’m mentally unwell today’ no one really gets that it’s preventing you from leaving the house.”

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R U Ok Day campaign director Katherine Newton says the mental health foundation is working to change the stigma surrounding mental health.

The R U Ok Day conversation convoy began in Geelong last month and involves four vehicles and a dedicated team travelling to regional cities and towns to “equip people with the skills and the confidence to start a conversation” about mental health.

“We do know that many Australians aren’t comfortable asking the question because they’re worried about the reaction that they might get if they do ask, and indeed one of those reactions might be ‘no I’m not ok’,” Ms Newton said.

She said the convoy, now in its second year, aimed to “link people up with services in their local area” because regional areas have higher rates of suicide than metro areas.

It shouldn’t be just one day, you should ask ‘are you ok?’ every day,” Ms Newton said.

Sophie is far from alone in her battle with mental illness, she is one of the four million Australians who report having a mental or behavioural condition, Australian Bureau of Statistics 2014-15 data shows.   

Anxiety-related conditions are most frequently reported, with at least 2.6-million people or 11.2 per cent of the population suffering from the condition and 2.1-million people or 9.3 per cent of the population suffering from mood disorders, which include depression.

For now Sophie is holding out hope for a day when talking about mental illness will be as easy as talking about physical illness.

“I think it’s a lot more open to talk about, it’s definitely addressed more in things, there’s posters and R U Ok Day, but I still think there’s still a stigma around mental illness, so there’s some way to go but maybe not a long way,” she said.

The Conversation convoy will finish its journey in Canberra on September 12 in time to celebrate R U Ok Day on September 13, after visiting 20 cities and towns to spread a message of hope.

HOW TO ASK ‘ARE YOU OK?’

R U Ok Day campaign director Katherine Newton said it was important to keep an eye on people who were going through a relationship breakdown, grief, physical illness or a difficult time at work.

“It might be people are withdrawn or their performance is suffering at work, they might be distant, or it might be strange behaviour like being maniac or overexaggerating things,” she said.

Ms Newton explains the four simple steps to asking ‘are you ok?’

1. ASK

“If you notice anything out of the ordinary you should ask them if they’re ok in a comfortable and quiet place that is good for them.”

2. LISTEN

“It is really, really important to listen with an open mind, try not to interrupt or jump in and try not to solve the problem, quite often people will just want to verbalise what’s on their mind and quite often speaking with someone and having those thoughts out there can really help.”

3. ENCOURAGE ACTION

“The next step is about action and that’s about trying to find a way to help them manage the load, so it might be for example that they go and see their GP or talk to their manager or a teacher or someone else they feel comfortable talking to.

“They could give Lifeline a call or contact other support services or websites that have good resources, it doesn’t have to be many things it’s just one thing that will help them manage the load.”

4. CHECK IN

“Once someone has shared that they’re not doing very well, it’s really important to get alongside them and see how they’re doing in a few days.”

*Name changed to protect privacy.

Written by Olivia Reed

Healthy Lifestyle tips from Personal Trainer and Fitness Model Kate Collins

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I spoke to Geelong based personal trainer and all-round boss babe Kate Collins about her background in the fitness community and what some of her tips are for those wanting to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Tell our readers a little bit about yourself

  • Kate Collins 27

  • Twin.

  • Grew up on property just outside Winchelsea (Geelong)

  • Played every sport at school I could possibly sign up to

  • I have been a personal trainer for 8 years – it’s a passion not just a job.

  • Worked on the Gold Coast for 3 years at one of the biggest gyms in QLD as a personal trainer

  • I have also competed in several IFBB figure comps

How did you first get into PT/fitness?

“Well always been surrounded by sport,  I mean having having a twin is one of the most competitive aspects of wanting to improve or be good at everything I tried.

I played tennis and rode horses from a very young age and always made up games in the paddock, so in terms of fitness, I was always running around.

In primary school I loved hanging with the boys playing footy, soccer and anything to do with being tough and competitive!

With PT, it was something  I was very fascinated by, you don’t need much equipment,  just your hands and an eye for detail and the passion to want to succeed – that was me from a very young age.

I thought I wanted to get into outdoor education after leaving school and soon realised you had to go to uni for many years. That was definitely not me!

So I was working at Anaconda and Bended Elbow (a bar in Geelong) and across the road was the VFA leaning (an educational institute for sports fitness). I constantly looked at it and thought, I need to go there ASAP.

Who wants to spend all day inside, pouring beer, when I could be outside helping people make the most of their lives whilst enjoying the sun. So I walked across the road and signed up!

I could confidently say I was a nerd when it came to the teaching part, I would sit at the front of the room and even study… me + study is probably the biggest oxymoron! But I loved it. I would study in advance it was just perfect for me!

As soon as I got my diploma I walked into Goodlife Geelong and said: yo yo yo. I’m new. I’m excited. Do you need a pt? And Walah I got a job! I was pumped and have been every day since I started.”

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Top 5 tips for starting a healthier lifestyle

  • Drink Water

  • Get a good night Sleep

  • Get away from toxic people and people that don’t support you

  • Get off your bloody phone and look up

  • Train and sweat daily!

  • Food is 80% of your results. So keep it ‘clean’ and lean

Top tips for maintaining once you’ve hit goals.

  • Keep consitent.

  • Don’t stop making new goals

  • Keep it healthy

  • Follow the tips above

Any parting words of wisdom?

 The time is going to pass anyway so make it worthwhile and start now.

You can follow Kate’s personal training Instagram here to keep up to date with all things KCPT!

Meet Romy – the girl who’s running 1000k’s in 140 days for mental health awareness.

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One in seven young Australians experience a mental health condition and it’s estimated that one million Australians have an eating disorder, with this number only increasing.

Romy Harwood is no stranger to the demons of mental health and what they can take from you, including her will to live.

The gorgeous 24-year-old has suffered from anorexia since 2015 and has been battling with depression for almost 10 years, but is now taking back her life and wants to raise awareness of reducing the stigma that surrounds eating disorders and mental illness.

“Someone who has cancer that you can see and you can treat, no one says to them, ‘well you did this to yourself,’ I just want people to just see it as an illness and not just something you choose,” Romy says.

“It’s not a life choice, no one would choose this”.

Romy is very open about the fact that if it weren’t for youth mental health service Headspace, she wouldn’t be here with us today.

As a way to show her gratitude and give back to those who have helped her on her journey of recovery, Romy is running 1000 kilometers in 140 days in the hope to raise $5000 for Headspace.

“I read this article and it was people stopping treatment because they couldn’t afford to continue and it kind of resonated with me because I remember, even though I had Headspace, it created financial stress on my family,” she says.

“I had to go to the GP twice a week and then meds on top of that – Even just anti-depressants, which themselves cost $80. Some people don’t have access to services such as Headspace and they’re paying for psych sessions, GPs,  and everything else. So I read that and I was thought shit, if I didn’t have Headspace I wouldn’t be here, 100%.”

“It sat with me for a bit and I was out for a run one day – it was just one of those beautiful days, and I was having a random moment of reflection about how I am really enjoying where my life is at right now and I knew this is what I wanted to do, I wanted to give back,” Romy says.

It had worked out that on that day of mental clarity it had been 1000 days since Romy had been diagnosed with anorexia and was 140 days until Mental Health Awareness Week, so she started running, but this time running for a reason.

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Before Romy could reach this stage in her life, her days were quite dark –  at her worst she was only 39kgs and on the brink of death.

“I couldn’t sleep because I was so boney, I couldn’t lean any way to get comfy, I was just in so much pain trying to get out of bed every day and I knew that it wasn’t good, but it was like having a split personality, I wanted to keep losing,” she says.

“I went to the GP and she said if you go out for a run the likelihood of your heart stopping is so high, you’re 1km away from death and I was thought okay no worries and then an hour later I was out running.”

“It’s quite scary thinking back to that stage in my life and I really was one step away from a heart attack,” she says.

One of the hardest things for anyone with a mental illness is seeking help, especially in the mind of someone who has an eating disorder as they genuinely believe there is nothing wrong with them.

If it wasn’t for her GP and parents forcing her into getting help, she knows she would have gone on living in her fantasy world until it killed her.

“Looking back now I can’t thank them enough, but at the time I was a 2-year-old having a tantrum; pushing them away, telling them not to touch my stuff and I’ve never seen my parents so upset, my Dad couldn’t talk, he was just sitting on the couch crying, it was really hard,” she says.

“I pretty much lost all independence, we went through family-based therapy at Headspace and I couldn’t leave the house without asking permission, which was actually harder than continuing to be sick – because I knew how to do that, and I could do it well.”

It was a long time before Romy realized she wanted to get better rather than people telling her she needed to get better.

“I spent a week at the Geelong hospital and I had to gain 5 kilos in the week, so that was hard – getting weighed every day, blood tests 3 times a day, ECG’s 2 times a day; you’re lying there, and you’re poked and prodded. I was in a constant battle with myself, my parents, my family, my sisters,” she says.

“It got harder before it got easier. To get better it’s really a one-in-all-in approach, I wouldn’t have gotten through it without my family and I’m so grateful for them.”

While Romy is on her journey of recovery she is fully transparent in the fact that it’s not always easy and she still has hard days.

“I haven’t had anything that’s been the hardest day or hardest run, but there’s been moments. My life is definitely not perfect now; once a week I’ll have a ‘throw the towel in kind of day’, but they’re just the dark days and they’re not the darkest I’ve had, so I know I can beat them,” she says.

Romy is studying health sciences at Deakin and hopes to work in the public health sector one day to help people who may be experiencing the same demons she has.

“I want to reduce those statistics. I think in terms of people with eating disorders, 70% of them result in death, whether that be complications or suicide, which is huge to me because I don’t think people realise or understand how many people in the world suffer from an eating disorder and it breaks my heart to see people go through what my family and I did,” she says.

Romy hopes that through all this, if she can reach just one person, that it will help them get the help they need to get their lives back, the same way she did.

“Just get help. As scary as it is, just lean on the people around you and say I can’t do this on my own and I can’t live like this anymore. As much as you’re stuck in that rut, in that cycle, just don’t be afraid to get help.”

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Follow Romy’s journey through her Instagram page @romharwood

Click here to donate to Romy’s Headspace campaign and buy tickets to her final fundraiser here.

 

Everything to binge on Netflix to see out the rest of August

Winter has well and truly set in now, so the time for curling up into a burrito of blankets and gluing yourself to a screen is here.
But if you’re stuck on what to watch or you just can’t watch another Friends or How I Met Your Mother re-run (psssh, never), here’s a list of everything you can binge to see out the last few weeks of shitty weather.

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK SEASON SIX
If you haven’t watched the latest season of Orange is the New Black by now than you’re just not doing life right. This season should have been binged by the 1st of August, but if you haven’t yet caught up with everything going down at Litchfield after the riot, now is the time to do so.
Shit’s about to go down.

I AM A KILLER
If you’re just as obsessed with true crime docos like I am, then I Am A Killer is EVERYTHING.
The Netflix Original gives an in-depth insight into the stories of prisoners on death row in America, awaiting their fate. Each one-hour episode is an interview with a prisoner discussing everything that lead up to the crime, committing the crime and then their time on death row. A truly fascinating new series.

DISENCHANTMENT
Because who doesn’t love anything from Matt Groening? Disenchantment follows the story of Bean, a rebellious and alcoholic princess, her elf companion Elfo, and her “personal demon” Luci, who live in a medieval kingdom known as Dreamland. So why not binge this ‘offspring of The Simpsons and Game of Thrones’ to escape and and all realities of the 9-5 grind.

THE INNOCENTS
While we patiently(not so patiently) wait for season 3 of Stranger Things, I present to you, The Innocents.
The new series follows teenagers Harry and June who run away from their repressive families, before discovering June can shape-shift. Serious Eleven vibes – we miss you Eleven.
A supernatural love story, we love that for us.

Grab the Milo and TimTams, take a seat and let the Netflix addiction take control.

Meet girl boss, Maddison Osburn

Meet Maddison Osburn , an Australian Expert Skin Clinician and the mind behind Geelong based skin clinic, The Aesthetic Skin Clinic. 

The Aesthetic Skin Clinic is a boutique medical cosmetic clinic combing expertise with state of the art treatments, delivered in a high-end boutique practice, at an affordable price point.

Maddison first started in the beauty industry when she was 17, she was working long days and nights travelling all over Melbourne doing spray tanning and skin treatments but always wanted to be her own #girlboss one day.

“I graduated and landed a role working with lasers fresh out of school, so I had an early start in the industry and have now been working with skin and laser therapies for close to 10 years. I always knew I wanted my own brand that inspired and educated women about their skin,” says Maddison.

Since opening the doors in September of 2016, the clinic has gained monumental amounts of #TASCSQUAD members as well as one hell of a social media following.

Currently the TASC girls see over 40-50 patients a day, with a mix of laser treatments, skin therapies and injectables.

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“I had always wanted to have my own business, I loved the idea of being my own boss, inspiring staff and clients and really having a passion for treating people with modalities that I know work. It was about a 6-month process from the planning to the open stage, it happened quite fast and has never slowed down since,” she says.

Opening TASC didn’t come without its obstacles for Maddison, but failure to launch TASC and follow her dreams was not on the cards.

“I was declined finance for start up from 2 different companies as I was young and a high risk with no financial backing behind me. Failure with TASC was not an option for me so I kept trying and asking different companies for their support until I was granted finance to get the ball rolling,” says Maddison.

TASC had already generated so much buzz that Maddison had a months’ worth of clients even before opening the doors.

“I had appointments booked in 1 month ahead before even opening the clinic, so I had a major deadline to meet with the builders and contractors. I remember working in the clinic back to back all day, by myself, doing 60hour weeks until I was brave enough/realised I need to start hiring and expand,” she says.

Maddison attributes the overwhelming amount of support her and the clinic have received to the fact that they are result driven and won’t let any client leave without feeling satisfied with their treatment.

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“I think we have filled the gap for providing treatments that women and men desire but potentially couldn’t afford. We trial all treatments and products for a period to ensure we all truly are 100% are on board and believe in them,” she says.

“We WANT for our clients to see results, to change lives and to be as affordable as we can make it as well as being a place where people WANT to be seen, WANT to snapshot and talk about.”

The way that Maddison handles TASC as a young entrepreneur has been shaped by her mistreatment in the industry.

“The beauty and dermal industry can be so hard on females at times. All my girls have come from roles in the industry where there is a big presence of bullying from other employees, managers and clinic owners,” she says.

“When I started TASC, my biggest policy was an absolute zero tolerance to bullying and this is reiterated in my interviews with girls also. I simply treat my girls exactly how I want to be treated and exactly how I wasn’t treated when I was working in clinic… I ensure all of my girls are comfortable with their roster/hours, having two days off in a row, team bonding nights, trips away and only a flow of positivity for each other is present.”

As well as having only positive vibes and a love for her staff, Maddison is also incredibly passionate about helping women and men reach their skin goals, and so the TASC movement was started.

“The TASC movement is a program we run, where we take on women or men who have suffered from severe acne throughout their life, have tried everything and have been unable to find a solution. We take them under our wing and treat complimentary and provide complimentary product, ongoing, to help them achieve their ultimate skin goals and to feel beautiful again. All photos and throughout the process is filmed on our social media,” says Maddison.

Screen Shot 2018-07-30 at 6.28.30 pm.pngThe movement is just one of many things that makes The Aesthetic Skin Clinic a leader in the beauty industry and why Maddison has succeeded in her business – so much so that she is about to open a second clinic in Melbourne, a major milestone for any business owner.

Maddison’s ultimate goals for TASC is to go global.

“I would love for TASC to be worldwide, not a franchise as I like to be completely involved however I would love to have a few more boutique clinics in some key locations. LA, London and New York,” she says.

Maddison’s tips for anyone who may be thinking of venturing out into the world of business and entrepreneurship are to just go for it.

“Just do it! Get out of a job you hate and do what you really love. If you love it, you’re passionate about it and don’t believe in failure, then you will succeed. You need to set yourself apart from the rest and be willing to face challenges at all stages throughout your business venture. There is always ups and downs and that’s the excitement of business,” she says.

Check out TASC on their Instagram and book in with one of their lovely clinicians today for a treatment that will help you reach your skin goals!