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Life is what you make it…

Life is good! Life is so very very good!

I spent the long weekend exploring the many natural wonders of the NSW Southern Highlands. From forest bathing to rainforests to rock jumping when the path became a little wet, I really came across all of the wonderful gifts our natural world has on offer.

Illawarra Lookout via the Barren Grounds – worth the muddy trek to get there.
Minnamurra Rainforest – the hike is a little steep but the surroundings are sublime
Jamberoo – you had me at ‘oo’ Truly one of the most beautiful landscapes NSW has to offer.




My other life…

A frollower (thats; friend-follower) contacted me the other week concerned I’d abandoned my blog. In the back of my mind, the daily narrative of ‘must blog today’ played on repeat. The truth is, while I am fortunate to have secured a career that fulfils my passion of writing, I am the type of person that also needs to disconnect.

When I need to disconnect there is only one place I head – and that’s into the wild. Whether its hiking, climbing, paddling or simply forest bathing, to disconnect from the career that has become my life … I embrace my ‘other life’.

Earlier this year I climbed Mt Kosciusko. I didn’t start the climb from the chairlift, I started from the bottom. With a severe weather warning in place, the climb was not only strenuous, it was terrifying in parts. Best climb of my life.
I’ve trekked so many parts of the beautiful Blue Mountains. I couldn’t count how many klms.


Forest Bathing

Why it pays to be Arty Farty…

In the coming issue of I AM Magazine we will be featuring two creative works from two separate Schools in the Sutherland Shire.

The first; a written piece by Year 11 De La Salle College student, Sebastian, a creative take on the Burke and Wills saga – aptly titled ‘Perpetual Presence’. Sebastian’s writing was selected by his teacher, Gaby, and we believe he will have a novel out in no time at all.

Accompanying Sebastian’s work will be an art piece by one of the ‘Gifted and Talented Arts Program’ students from Gymea Bay Public School.

Choosing which piece to select for publishing however, has been a difficult task. They are all just amazing. Students from year 4 through to Year 6 attend the program that is unique to the School. The program aims to encourage students who show interest and skill in painting and arts.

In the coming issue we will explain why it is paramount to encourage creativity in children and why, even the less arty-farty of folk, should be exercising the creative part of their brain on a regular basis.

Let the selection process begin…

Gymea Bay Public School Year 4-6. Theme: Australian Landscape.

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Thank you to Principal Ray Pooley for taking the time out to supply us with these images.

#loveyourwork – No seriously … LOVE IT!

A very colourful brochure job for Suicide Risk Assessment Aust.
A very colourful brochure job for Suicide Risk Assessment Aust.

Outside of putting together an insanely cool issue of I AM magazine every quarter, I also dabble in a little graphic design work and content/freelance writing for other sites. I absolutely LOVE what I do! Every aspect of every job I receive, from the initial sourcing of ideas to the transformation of a customers vision into a finished graphic, file or story. When you work in the creative industry you are exercising, stretching and exploring some of the most beautiful parts of your brain. You are giving your imagination permission to step outside and show you exactly what it can do.

How many jobs or bosses allow you to do that?!!!

Love your work! Whatever it is you decide to fill your days with, do everything you can to love, at a minimum, 80% of your jobs requirement.

Otherwise, what’s the point?



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I AM – Sutherland Shire’s Health, Fitness and Lifestyle Magazine #20 2015 IS LIVE!!!

Head on over to read the latest issue of I AM Magazine!

A huge hello to all of our fit friends in The States! Thanks for tuning in. The Sutherland Shire may be a little beachside oasis on the Coast of Australia, but we are BIG when it comes to Fitness!

Enjoy the issue.

Samantha Jane X

I AM ISSUE 20 FEB 2015


Feeling inspired this morning by a little book review slash video clip…

The book is called DO YOU! by Russel Simmons and among other things it’s about accessing the POWER in YOU!

Why do I love this stuff? I LOVE it when people share their insight and life experience knowledge on how to get where you want to be. Note I said Life Experience knowledge. This stuff can’t be taught. To deeply understand success and what it takes to make it, people have to live the process first. Make mistakes. Change direction. Experiment with all options.


1. Have a clear vision of your goal. Visualise it to the point of being able to freeze it as a detailed image in your mind. Hang onto that image and keep it somewhere handy so you can pull it out at any time for viewing.

2. COMMIT TO IT! Swear to commit wholeheartedly to your goal. Don;t be one of those people who gets excited about every new idea then drops it when hard work comes into play. If this is your goal, own it! Make a commitment to work on it and for it.

3. Find your MANTRA. A mantra by definition is a ‘tool of thought’. It’s a couple of words created by you to deliver positive energy and assist in goal momentum. It can be anything from ‘thank you’ to ‘ I can do anything’. You are your biggest fan club, start acting like it.

4.On the topic of gratitude start your day with the ‘breakfast of champions’. While sipping your tea and munching on that toast start to rattle off in your mind all of the things you are grateful for already. Dig deep. Everybody has a long list of things to say thank you for.

5. Don’t compare yourself to others – or worse still, imitate others – everyone has an abundance of unique gifts to give. Work out what inspires you and start giving your gifts away. I love the ‘bucket of fish’ concept. Imagine you were given a bucket of fish by your higher power. Now instead of giving those fish away to other people you let them sit in the bucket and rot. It’s easy to see what the better option is, isn’t it.

6. Take ‘action’ baby steps towards your goal. Don’t fall for the “if you visualise it it will come” catch line. All success comes from taking action. To win lotto you must first buy the lotto ticket, right. To achieve your goals you must work out what action steps you need to take to make it happen.

Check this video out and don’t forget to check out the creators site…

I AM Samantha Jane X http://www.iammagazine.com.au


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ALL Good things take TIME.

And, to ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS you must work damn HARD!

You must SHOW UP every single day even when you feel like you’re failing.

You must run, walk and crawl and above all else, you must take control of the voices in your head…

Because they will die tryin to tell you you can’t do it.

Some days you will ask yourself, “IS THIS WORTH IT?”

Some days the voices will win and you will believe you CAN’T DO IT.

But there is one thing I know for sure.

If you keep going… if you NEVER GIVE UP – YOU WILL MAKE IT!!!

You’ve GOT THIS! – http://www.iammagazine.com.au

Monday Motivation – LIVE YOUR LIFE!

“Life is an interesting journey, you never know where it will take you.
Peaks and valleys, twists and turns, you can get the surprise of your life.
Sometimes on the way to where you’re going you might think … this is the worst time of my life.
But you know what?
At the end of the road, if you can get where you wanted to be … you remember whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger and all the adversity was worth it.
On your way to the top you’ll do anything.
But how do you get your life back when you get there?
What you need to do is be thankful for the life you’ve got.
Stop looking at what you haven’t got and start being thankful for what you do have.”

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An  I AM tip #124 If you’re having trouble jumping out of bed in the morning to start the phenomenal life you envisioned in those last minutes before sleep the night before, set your Ipod alarm to play one of your favourite motivational beats.

Here are our TOP 6!
Hall of Fame – The Script

I Made IT – Kevin Rudolf

Live Your Life – T.I

Coming Home – Diddy

Can’t Hold US – Macklemore

Stronger – Kanye West