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!

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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!

6 Geelong cafes you need to try this weekend

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Geelong has really stepped up their brunch game over the last few years, with cute little cafes popping up left right and centre.

So here’s a guide to 7 of the best cafes and what you should try at each one!

  1. King Of The Castle – um the Croissant Benny, are you kidding me, pork crackle with breakfast, don’t mind if I do!
  2. Freckleduck – Baked ricotta & blueberry hotcake is to die for!
  3. The Village Door – round up the troops and head to The Village Door on pako for THE BEST brekky platter you will every lay your eyes on.
  4. Southside – the guys at Southside make the best coffee to go with an even better acai bowl!
  5. Neighbour Geelong – you’ll get some of the greatest and I mean the GREATEST slow cooked eggs here, sometimes simple does the trick!
  6. Little Green Corner –  Try the winter veggie stack on sourdough and you will leave with the warmest (and fullest) of bellies!

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5 things I learnt travelling Europe with my partner

Anybody who tells you that travelling with your partner is nothing but smiles and great times is lying – kind of.

My partner and I have been on two overseas trips together, and my word you learn some things along the way.

  1. One of you is always right.
    ‘No it’s definitely that way”, “I’m pretty sure we take this train and we’ll make our way back to the hotel” –  This is a reoccurring theme on a couples holiday, you both think you know exactly where you’re going when in reality you have absolutely no clue where you are and are just too scared *cough* PROUD* cough to ask a foreigner for directions.
  2. Paris is the city of arguments, not the city of romance
    When you think Paris you think beautiful nights by the Eiffel Tower, feeding each other strawberries and champagne – this was not the case. I may or may not have made us miss the final train back to London because I wanted to spend a little bit more time at Disneyland ( a girl has to live out her childhood fantasy, am I right? Apparently not; tears were shed and voices were raised in the middle of the Gard Du Nord because we were supposed to check into our accommodation in London and would now have to spend money we didn’t exactly have on a new hotel in Paris – luckily we can now look back on it and think was it really such a big deal having to spend an extra night in Paris? I don’t think so.
  3. He is incredibly patient and I’m incredibly highly strung.
    We only had two short weeks in Europe and I wanted to make the most of it. This meant scheduling everything down to the last millisecond to utilise our time wisely and I would have some fully-fledged meltdowns if it didn’t go according to plan. He would calm me down and remind me that we are lucky enough to be on this trip and that it’s not the end of the world if we didn’t see some monument that had been there for thousands of years because it’ll be there for thousands more and ‘we’ll be back one day’.
  4. How important it is to take a little time for yourself
    This one was hard for me, I hate being on my own especially in a foreign country. But to make sure you we didn’t come back hating one another, we were sure to take an hour or so a day to chill on our own, whether it was laying in bed at our hotel or heading off to explore a little on your own.
  5. You see them in a totally different light
    I think it was halfway through our trip and we were in Berlin when I realised, holy shit I really love this boy for wanting to see the world with me, for wanting to explore places so beautiful not a picture would do it justice, and to want to do it together.

Most importantly, regardless of the copious amounts of arguments that were had over directions, we both learnt that we could travel the world together and not want to rip each others heads off by the time we came home – to the point where we were already planning our next trip on the flight home!

Meet the girls making fitness relatable

Sadly, a staggering 89 per cent of Australian women hate the way the look and lack any form of confidence.

A statistic that has only grown since the powerful world of social media made its impression on today’s society.

Too many young woman, and men, compare themselves to the ‘models’ they see on their instagram feeds – with their posed photos, perfect lighting and photoshopped bodies.

So it has been a breath of fresh air to see two Geelong based girls sharing their fitness journey in the realest and most relatable way over social media.

Lauren and Sharee co-manage an instagram account called @freshkinicomp, a page they started to show others what it was like during the good days and the bad days of a fitness journey.

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“For me, it’s all about helping females feel confident again and loving themselves, not someone they aspire to be on their phone wallpaper,” says Lauren.

Lauren has been a personal trainer since the age of 19 and now owns her own gym, Toning Fitness, and Sharee is a nutritionist and trainer who used to suffer with an eating disorder.

Sharee describes herself as “a body-positive warrior who is learning to love my body no matter what stage it’s at, I find that a huge deal since I use to battle with an eating disorder,” – an attribute she is trying to teach her clients and those who follow their journey on instagram.

While maintaining their own healthy lifestyles, they are both incredibly passionate about helping other woman to reach their fitness goals and empowering them no matter what size or shape they may be.

“From 16 to 23 my fitness habits went up and down like a yo-yo – gain weight, lose weight – and it wasn’t until I got engaged that I really worked hard at my fitness and kept it a lifestyle! It takes a lot of starting and stopping until you get sick of starting before it becomes a true lifestyle,” says Sharee.

“I was actually a school teacher before this and struggled with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and when I changed my diet my whole fitness excelled, I want to help others who are struggling to lose weight from exercise alone,” she says.

Lauren and Sharee had only been working together for a few weeks when Sharee asked her if she wanted to do a “Bikini Competition” with her, a fitness and physique competition for women.

Instead of just training without others knowing and keeping it to themselves, they decided to start their instagram page, which has gained nearly 700 followers since late March.

“We train females together at Toning Fitness and we share everything with our clients, we did this for them and for anyone else thinking of starting a Bikini Comp for the first time,” says Lauren.

“We wanted to show them what it was like during the good days and the bad days and how dedicated you have to be, because let’s be honest, no one knows how hard it actually is just by seeing posed photos on instagram,” says Sharee.

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So far the girls have been doing 5 weight sessions per week; they run for about 2hours (including 15min booty activation warm up and a 15min walk at the end).

They have a coach who sets a meal plan that has only slightly changed since they started.

“We are moving into the last 9 weeks which will change drastically, but we are blissfully unaware just how much. We know we have some interval training cardio soon and carbs will decrease as well,” say the girls.

Going through such a gruelling process that takes a lot of physical and mental strength can be difficult on your own, so both the girls are extremely grateful to have the other to lean on during their preparation. 

“We get along so well and see each other for about 2-3hrs every day. I couldn’t imagine doing this without her, we keep each other extremely motivated which has been the real award. I have someone that understands everything I am going through to get  stage ready,” says Lauren.

Both Lauren and Sharee did not expect the amount of support and praise they have received since starting Freshkinicomp and they love that others appreciate their vision of empowering themselves and others to love their bodies.

“We are so overwhelmed by the love we are getting from Instagram, we are just being ourselves and the followers just keep coming. We don’t wear makeup, we don’t try make ourselves look pretty before gym or during weight lifting, we just film, be ourselves 24/7 and hope that everyone likes it,” says Lauren.

“Yes, sometimes people think we are robots, we are just human and it is just as hard for us,” says Sharee.

Lauren and Sharee hope that after they finish their competition they they can continue to motivate others and maybe go into the coaching world themselves.

Their parting words for those who want to make a change or are really struggling with where they’re at physically and mentally in their fitness journey are:

“Stay consistent! Motivation will come and go but if you make a plan, when you do have motivation and stick to it no matter what, then you can achieve your goals.”

Follow the girls on Instagram to keep up to date with the final weeks of their preparation!

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15 Iconic 2000’s Emo Songs That Every Former Emo Kid Secretly Still Loves

You may have thrown out your skinny jeans and extremely regrettable band shirts, but we all know emo never dies. Let this ultimate 2000’s emo nostalgia playlist take you back to the days when My Chemical Romance lyrics took over your Myspace, your Converse were covered in lyrics and your parents just didn’t get why you needed another studded belt.

 

  1. Famous Last Words – My Chemical Romance 
    Arguably the most emo band of all time, bringing us classics such as The Black Parade and Helena? It’s hard to listen to this without wanting to reach for the black eyeliner.

 

  1. Misery Business – Paramore

Every hairdresser in Australia has seen a photo of Hayley William’s hair from this music video during peak emo season (circa 2009 – 2011).

 

  1. Where the City Meets the Sea – The Getaway Plan 

It’s been over a decade since this song was released and it’s an undeniable fact that it’s still a banger.

 

  1. Weightless – All Time Low

Admit it – you’ve made a New Year status or Myspace update that says “maybe it’s not my weekend, but it’s gonna be my year”.

 

  1. Jamie All Over – Mayday Parade

You can say your emo days are all behind you, but the moment this song starts it’s the ultimate nostalgia trip back to reading fan-fiction after school and wishing they’d bring Warped Tour to Australia.

 

  1. I Caught Fire – The Used

We all melted for The Used.

  1. Princess – Short Stack

Say what you will about Short Stack, but you definitely still know the words to this. You could even say they’re contagious.

 

  1. Dance, Dance – Fall Out Boy

Who could forget Pete Wentz and the incredibly fast, confusing lyrics of Patrick Stump. But more importantly, Pete Wentz.

 

  1. Adam’s Song – Blink-182

Adam’s Song, or as I like to call it, the song you listen to while looking out the window of the school bus dramatically pretending your life is a movie.

 

  1. I’m Just A Kid – Simple Plan

I’m just a kid and life is a nightmare (plot twist: I’m an adult and it’s still a nightmare).

 

  1. I Write Sins Not Tragedies – Panic! At The Disco

Almost ten years later, and still sad that Ryan Ross left Panic! At The Disco.

 

  1. Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard

The song that made violins emo.

 

  1. Ohio Is For Lovers – Hawthorne Height

What kind of emo playlist would this be if we didn’t include Hawthorne Heights?

 

  1. Shake It – Metro Station

Well, this one isn’t entirely emo but it’s too good not to have as an honourable mention.

 

  1. I Don’t Wanna Be In Love (Dance Floor Anthem) – Good Charlotte

The ultimate high school break-up song.

Written by Amanda Lousie

Amanda Louise is a writer and photographer based on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. You can view more of her work at http://amandalouise.squarespace.com/

Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Nanette’ is a must-see

Hannah Gadsby realised she had forgotten to come out to her Grandma when she was asked if she had a boyfriend. She told her grandmother that she didn’t have time for boyfriends. Plural.

The Australian comedian shares this story and many others in her Netflix standup special ‘Nanette’. The show, being praised around the world, takes a deep look at gender, sexuality and abuse, whilst putting society’s general presumptions and views under the magnifying glass.

Hannah shares her experiences of growing up in a small town in Tasmania, coming to terms with her homosexuality and living in a state where homosexuality was illegal until 1997, or as she describes, “not long enough ago”.

Hannah has the audience in laughter with her observations and one-liners. However, this laughter unexpectedly turns into tears of sadness and shock as Hannah shares her inner turmoil and devastating experiences. But, as heartbreaking as Hannah’s story is at times, she reminds the audience that she is not a victim.

The multi award-winning comedian is known for her stand up shows and for appearing in television shows such as ABC’s Adam Hills Tonight and Josh Thomas’ Please Like Me.

During ‘Nanette’, Hannah takes the opportunity to announce that she will be quitting her comedy career due to the toll that her self-deprecating humour has taken on her life.

“I have built a career out of self-deprecating humour… and I simply will not do that anymore, not to myself or anybody who identifies with me. Do you understand what self-deprecation means when it comes from somebody who already exists in the margins? It’s not humility, it’s humiliation.”

One moment you will be laughing at Hannah’s jokes and the next, your heart will be dropping through your stomach as she reveals personal stories and experiences; the Sydney Opera House audience so quiet, you could hear a pin drop.

After ten years of standup comedy, Hannah seriously started to question her comedy career after her mother told her,

“The thing I regret is that I raised you as if you were straight… I knew well before you did that your life was going to be so hard… I made it worse because I wanted you to change, because I knew the world wouldn’t”

Hannah reveals her own experiences of rape, child abuse and physical attacks; the latter, a gendered attack because she was seen as “incorrectly female” by her attacker.

It is moments like these where Hannah jerks you out of your laughter and reminds the audience of the still prevalent violence, stereotypes and discrimination against the LGBTQI community.

She also takes aim at people’s obsession with the reputation of men such as Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein, not the woman who they allegedly abused.

Hannah tells the audience that she didn’t come out to her Grandma because she is still ashamed of who she is.

“The closet can only stop you from being seen, it is not shame-proof”.

Hannah Gadsby wants her story heard; she would have given anything to hear a story like her own.

“Diversity is strength… There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself”.

‘Nanette’ is completely deserving of the praise and awards it is receiving around the world and is a must-see. It is a smart, witty and at times, tragic reflection on Hannah’s life and the hardships she, and many others still face today.

‘Nanette’ is available to stream on Netflix.

 

Written by Greta Lannen

10 Instagram accounts you should be following right now

Sick of seeing your best mate’s smashed avo or all of your friends getting engaged and having babies all over the gram? Spice up your insta feed with these must see accounts!

1. Comments by Celebs (@commentsbycelebs)



If you love celebrities as much as I do, then this account is right up your alley. ‘Comments by Celebs’ is my absolute favourite Instagram page at the moment. Run by Emma Diamond and Julie Kramer, they document the hilarious interactions of celebrities, their followers and celebrity friends, “because even famous people love famous people”. Featuring Twitter and Instagram activities from celebrities such as Chrissy Teigen, the Kardashians/Jenners, the Fab Five from Queer Eye, John Mayer, Paris Hilton, Ariana Grande, Seth Rogen and every celebrity in between. With over 500,000 followers even celebrities are stoked to make an appearance.

2. Uncanny Annie (@uncannyannieblog)

Annie Nolan, otherwise known as Uncanny Annie, is an all-round Australian legend. Animal-lover and mum to three kids, Annie is a disability advocate, animal advocate, women’s advocate and LGBTQI advocate, just to name a few. Her fabulous style (checkout the suit she wore to the 2016 Brownlow medal), cute kids and crew of interesting animals make regular appearances on her account. She is also the co-host of the podcast ‘We Want To Be Better’ with bestie Bianka Thompson.

3. The Betoota Advocate (@betootaadvocate)

Everybody’s favourite Australian satirical Instagram account (with accompanying website). The page often poking fun at politicians, media personalities and everyday Australians. Headlines include, “Latent Misogynist’s Eyes Set To Remain Glazed Over Until It’s His Turn To Speak Again”, “Owner Of Bright Pink Toyota Yaris To Someday Learn What Resell Value Means”, “Coalition Frontbenchers Rock Off To See Who Has To Be Humiliated On Q&A Next Week” and “Half-Sick Colleague Heroically Comes Into Work To Carry Out Duty To Make Everyone Else Sick”.

4. Kush and Kisses (@kushandkissesx)

If you love a meme or ten, you’ve got to get on to Kush and Kisses. Especially aimed at the sisterhood, you’ll come for the memes and stay for the captions. There’s even a song named after the account; ‘Boys follow Kushandkissesx too’ by Theoutdoorz. As you can see, boys are welcomed.

5. Nitch (@__nitch)

The simple black and white themed Instagram page features portraits of actors, musicians, writers and more. The photos are accompanied by quotes from the identity in the photograph. “I wish I could tell you it gets better, but it doesn’t get better. You get better”- Joan Rivers.


6. Chrissy Teigen (@chrissyteigen)




Chrissy Teigen is a model, married to a Grammy and Oscar winning singer, hosts television show Lip Sync Battle and holidays on yachts, but yet, remains relatable to her 19 million followers on Instagram. Chrissy shows off her delectable cooking, stunning children and her famous husband John Legend, whilst she trolls him for his similar appearance to children’s cartoon aardvark Arthur. Chrissy is the QUEEN of Instagram captions.

7. BitchBeWithYou (@bitchbewithyou)

For all you 90s/early 2000s loving people, get your daily dose of nostalgia with this account. Lizzie McGuire, Laguna Beach, The OC, Nicole Hilton, the Parent Trap, the Olsen Twins and more. Flashbacks galore.

8. Brown Cardigan (@browncardigan)

Brown Cardigan can’t really be described. An Aussie look at anything and everything; specifically, people acting in weird and wonderful ways. The videos and images that are often sent in by followers have to be seen to be believed.


9. The Fat Jewish (@thefatjewish)

One word: Memes.


10. Humans of New York (@humansofny)

‘New York City, one story at a time’. Popular for many years, Brandon Stanton’s ‘Humans of New York’ gives an insight into the people of New York and their personal stories. Recently it went international and featured humans from countries including Australia, Jerusalem and Iraq. A must-follow to get an emotional and unique look into people’s lives.

– Written by Greta Lannen