ellen_arthur Harvesting our bananas after a strong wind took them down. Now just need to figure out how to hang these up to ripen. 4d

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ellen_arthur Today I went out surfing and I sucked big time. I got taken under about 5 times and I couldn't tell you how much salt water I drank.
I ended up paddling out past the waves and cried and prayed for strength. I've been feeling a little bit defeated recently and feel like the momentum and motivation in my healthy eating and exercising is waning. I want to live the life I choose, not a life stuck on the couch.
I meditated and felt gratitude for the sea and the breeze on my skin and paddled for the shore to go home.
Anyone have tips for when they hit this mental wall?
1w
  •   cyndyconklin Yaaa Ellen!! 1w
  •   deeskiodo I'm with @lizehulk . I thought that was very surfer girl. Paddle past all the noise and turmoil and pray. Perfect. 1w
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  •   twin2marci You're doing great Ellen! My thoughts on how to get back up and keep trying after the "waves" of defeat are overwhelming---I congratulate myself on little accomplishments, am kind to myself with my shortcomings and I give myself permission to fail or make mistakes knowing I can try again. 😀 4d

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ellen_arthur Thank you snap chat for showing how I feel on the inside today. Haha. It's funny how last night I was feeling empowered and today the whole parenting thing is making me feel like a weak crazy person. Thank goodness Regan will be home in 5 hours and I can go for a run and feel in charge again! 2w
  •   caroabooth It's a tough gig. All the best for the next 5 hours! Hopefully it goes well for you. :) 2w
  •   djrichards78 Still beautiful x 2w
  •   finding_jillian Hey ellen im hearin ya. I felt and looked like that on sunday. Hope u enjoyed ur jog xx 1w

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ellen_arthur I love this! I feel like for the first time in a long time that these damn pieces are starting to come together and I'm taking control of it all.
I knew that lifestyle changes were critical to my mental health but I felt stuck and caught in a cycle. It took one night of talking to a good friend at a party for me to decide that this was it and even though the withdrawals were crazy and I felt like a crack addict, I can see and feel changes to my mind and body but also to my heart. I can see joy in my present and future!! Its still not easy and I have had to push myself beyond the extreme discomfort but I can slowly feel little parts that I used to like about myself come back.
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  •   tahneegranger Go you, lady! 🏻🏻 2w
  •   heyjanes It's awesome when what seemed like the smallest successes suddenly start building together to make something bigger. Glad things are on the up @ellen_arthur xxxx 2w
  •   meredithorth You are awesome xox 2w

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ellen_arthur Regan looks slightly stoned in this pic but man I love this guy. Like A LOT alot! 2w

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ellen_arthur Holding a Python at his pre school mother's day lunch 3w

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ellen_arthur Hi there. Its been a while and I thought I'd check in.
I've been getting better and better everyday. Made a lot of changes with my diet and exercise a month ago in an effort to heal my mind and body.
The cravings are sending me crazy sometimes but so glad I no longer eat a block of chocolate a day or even more!
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  •   gabyfearn Oh man I know I need to stop eating sugar but it's so so hard! 3w
  •   gabyfearn It's nice to see you by the way xx 3w
  •   ellen_arthur Oh man seriously @gabyfearn you have no idea how hard it was and how heavily addicted I was and still am to chocolate and baked goods. I mean it took a long time of destroying my mind and body to do it and one month in I'm still battling every day but at least I feel like I'm winning! Xx 3w
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ellen_arthur UP FOR SALE. So I was going to put this up on gumtree but I thought I would see if you peeps were interested first. It is a brand new still in packaging,
ARMADILLO & CO rug in natural. It is a massive 3.2m x 4m and retails for $2335 but all I want is what I paid at $600. Still wrapped up in plastic but toO big for our space as I bought it before I moved into our new place.
Pickup West Wollongong. If you're interested let me know ASAP before I chuck it on gumtree
4w
  •   edencurley What is the fabric? Like jute? Or wool. Can't really tell from the picture x 4w
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  •   musingsofamartin Did this sell? What fabric? I might be VERY interested X 3w

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ellen_arthur Visited a Buddhist temple today with the cuzzies and we didn't get kicked out. #winning 1mon
  •   kristieblack How wonderful that you all live so close to each other now. 1mon

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ellen_arthur Sorry for the graininess. My phone camera is the worst but I had to capture this.

At nap time today I put Finn into the bottom bunk for the first time and Noah in the top. I ended up coming back into the room and finding them like this.
#mybabies #love
2mon

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ellen_arthur Regan's dream of having a brood of little surfer grommets is coming along nicely. I might have even gotten onto a board today. 2mon

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ellen_arthur I haven't been doing that great again for the last few months. My mum just went home to Adelaide after 10 days helping me to get back on my feet.
I have been forcing myself to have early nights and finally started exercising again at 6 this morning. It's basically all about doing exactly the things that I find hardest to do.
Anxiety and depression suck big time but it's all about one step at a time!
2mon
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  •   wade_alexandra ️ I love you! 2mon
  •   rosie2290 😙 I love you heaps, Ellen! You are a wonderful human being. Thank you for having the courage to share your struggles. Just know that you are not alone 2mon
  •   kathylevis I trained so many woman with anxiety and depression as well as overcome my own struggles with it in the past. You are doing so well to make these changes. It is hard but it is worth it. Thinking of you. Xx 2mon

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ellen_arthur Those lips #finnmanaia 2mon

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ellen_arthur Woolies chocolate mud cake for the win! #finnmanaia 2mon

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ellen_arthur Finn turned two on Wednesday. Love this kid! 2mon

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ellen_arthur I have put the website on my profile if you felt inclined to donate to this amazing cause. You can read her reasons over on the website. 3mon

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ellen_arthur This is them after. The floor was completely covered in hair. There were tears of pride and laughter as each sacrificed for something greater. Love these people. 3mon
  •   ellen_arthur You can't see but Ella in the middle shaved most of her head really short and left a small fringe and Chanel on the right got an undercut. 3mon
  •   pottymouthmama So awesome! Bravo 3mon
  •   sparkle78 Brilliant! I watched some Live on Facebook. 3mon
  •   ellen_arthur Awesome @sparkle78 !! You probably saw me looking gross and sweaty trying to take photos and walking in front of the video haha!! 3mon

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ellen_arthur I totally remember how much my hair meant to me as a young girl. They gave it all away in honour of Abbie's best friend's mum who died of Leukemia recently. 3mon

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ellen_arthur Today my gorgeous friend, her husband and beautiful daughters shaved their heads for a cure. It was so emotional and I was so awestruck at how brave they all are. So lucky that I was asked to capture it all! 3mon
  •   wovenspirit Beautiful 3mon
  •   clairlily Shivers. I just got some solid tears. Too much. Too beautiful. 3mon

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ellen_arthur Saw this and it rang so true for me. A good reminder that my life is filled with things that I could once only dream of. 3mon

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