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Why people fear your success and secretly love to see you fail

Years ago I completed a pharmacy degree in Adelaide and started my career as a pharmacist in retail pharmacy. Whilst this was a completely respectable job, I realised quite early on that it wasn’t suited to me as someone who thrived on career progression, dynamic environments and working within flexible conditions. Not to say that this isn’t possible as a pharmacist, but I found the conditions restrictive for me compared to other vocations, with wages not growing, daily tasks often becoming monotonous over time, and with limited growth opportunities, particularly within the retail environment. So I embarked early on with […]

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Letting go of fear

It seems that everywhere we look, people are riddled by fear. Fear of being judged, of voicing their own opinions (whether in line or against popular views), of living how they truly want, working the jobs that make them happy, and reaching for the life that they deserve. Essentially, we’ve become afraid of truly being ourselves. The biggest testament to this is the fear that people have of working towards their dreams. As children we had no fear – we did what we wanted, until eventually we were conditioned to believe in boundaries, limitations and the importance of meeting expectations. […]

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Dealing with judgement

No matter what we do in life, we will always encounter positive and negative feedback. Sometimes this feedback comes from a place of love and in knowing this, we can accept and even embrace it to help improve ourselves. But often, this feedback comes not because someone cares about us – but in the form of judgement. Why does this happen and what can we do about it? The act of judgement is about questioning the moral intentions of another person – showing (or convincing oneself) that one’s views and intrinsic value are greater than another’s. We should note that […]

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How do we know if a choice is right for us?

Every day we make choices, from the moment we wake up until we’re back in bed again. Most choices are automatic, like our alarm clock setting, what we eat for lunch or dinner, or how we get to work. But sometimes, we’re faced with a difficult situation and suddenly we’re not sure what the right choice is. What’s our next career move? Should we be more serious with the person we’re dating? Is it time to move places? We call our mum, sister or friend for advice, talk about all the pros and cons and at the end of it […]

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Seven ways to cut out the crap and start living the life you deserve

Often we feel stuck in our lives yet also paralysed in making change. We’re influenced by so many factors around us, both external and internal, and we often have no idea what we want in life and what truly fulfils us. Here are seven things I wish I’d appreciated (and implemented) earlier, to cut out the crap in my life and bring me closer to my own personal truths: 1. Clean up your environment. Your external environment and particularly your home, is a reflection of your inner self. Where there is internal chaos, this often manifests into messiness, untidiness, generally […]

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How I started dancing

So when I tell people (non-dancers) that I enjoy latin dancing in my spare time, I’m often asked about how I got into dancing and what’s so addictive about it that I can spend 5-6 nights a week dancing. I was introduced to salsa classes in Melbourne by some friends a few years ago, and as with most beginners, I was very slack – only attending one class every few weeks. I was busy having a fantastic social life outside of dancing, as well as enjoying numerous other hobbies. In particular, I had one friend that I would hang out […]

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A chef’s journey: an interview with Julie Thai

Enjoying food is a universal joy. Below is the story of Julie Thai, a chef and food blogger. Julie is a 32 year old Chinese-Vietnamese born Australian. She has lived all her life in Australia and is the first generation of her family to be born here. I asked Julie about how and when she started working as a chef, and why she is so passionate about food. “Sharing food, cooking food for other people, it brings enjoyment, the satisfaction and the appreciation that you receive is very rewarding. It’s a simple thing that you enjoy in life… that you […]

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What hobbies can bring to our lives

Ever since I was young, my parents encouraged us to take up hobbies. Being quite traditional Asian parents, these hobbies included reading, playing piano, swimming and table tennis. As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate the importance of hobbies and the value that they can bring to our lives. Over recent years, I’ve dabbled in a number of additional hobbies, including painting, martial arts, yoga and most recently dancing, all of which have added tremendous value to my life. Whilst (almost) everyone needs to study or work in order to sustain themselves, what they choose to do in their […]

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  • It’s an exciting time at CIIARA as we prepare for our next ladies luncheon in December. •

When it comes to event planning, it’s all about being prepared with the venue, catering, speakers and all those little finishing touches. The key is being organised and inspired! •
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  • At #ciiaradance we believe girl power is key and through community work we create #change for the better! •

If you could create any change in the #world, what would it be? 
Model: @bianca_oakes
  • Day or night, the little minx skirt is a great addition to any wardrobe. Match it with a range of different top styles for any occasion. The simple style with knotted feature is a classic - simple yet elegant! Link in our bio!! #ciiaradance #fashion
  • We ALWAYS need some #weekendstyle inspo and this number is a hit! Wear it out, causally or whilst dancing - it has multiple uses and will never date!  #ciiaradance 
Model: bianca.oaks
  • A great #throwback from our shoot earlier this year with @robertinavarga! •

We had so much fun in Sydney on this day! An amazing photographer: @annalucephotography •

This item is the Throw me on Crop Jumper in black lace! One of our favourites, check the link in our bio to explore the range. •
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  • “Self-love is having the courage to ask for what you know you deserve” - @cata.thewalrus •

Our amazing speaker Cata spoke at our recent CIIARA ladies afternoon tea and was such an inspiration! •

Stay tuned in for our next exclusive event in early December! •
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