On this weeks Inspiring Journeys we have the gorgeous Rosie McCarthy, Rosie is a Holistic Health Coach at Rosie McCarthy, a mama to three gorgeous princesses and a step mama to another 2 beautiful children. I don’t know about you, but I am still wondering how does she manage to look so young, healthy and peaceful with all of that on her plate. [insert shocked emoticon]
You wouldn’t believe the challenges this mama has already faced in life just by looking at her photos. Rosie has a very beautiful and calming energy, and wait until you read about all of the wisdom that this mama has to offer. I have connected with so much of what Rosie has said and I have felt truly inspired by her words, her outlook in life and her overall beautiful soul.
It takes a very special person to embrace their step children in such a beautiful way, looking through Rosie’s website my heart was so warm seeing their gorgeous family together. Coming from a blended family myself, I know how challenging it can be and it has been truly special to connect and witness this beautiful family connection on Rosie’s sweet home space. (You should be very proud Rosie)!
I hope you enjoy reading Rosie’s interview as much as I have. I hope she brings a smile to your face and warmth to your heart (she certainly did that to me).
Be inspired by this 29 year old piscean from NSW Australia.
Describe yourself before your journey of transformation/awakening.
I was a very “normal mainstream” kind of girl. I believed that being successful meant, finishing school, getting a good job (having a degree made you extra awesome), finding a man, having a house, getting married, having kids and living happily ever after, because that is what happily ever after looks like, or so I thought! So that’s basically what I did, but I left school in year 11 and completed a trade as opposed to a degree.
I came across as a pretty “normal” kind of girl. Happy to those I met, never spoke to anyone about how the relationship I was in was destroying me, and I struggled to have a good relationship with my parents and siblings. I was medicated for depression from the age of 14 and took myself off it when I was 22 and pregnant with my first daughter. I would constantly go up and down with my moods despite being medicated. I never felt happy, I put on a really good front, always pretended everything was fine and that I was great. Inside, I was falling apart.
Although I thought I was healthy as I had always been on the thinner side, I ate take away on a weekly basis, veges and salad was just something you had to eat because that was the right thing to do, I was addicted to sugar, particularly bakery items, ate truckloads of gluten, was continually sick and on antibiotics, partied every weekend, smoked cigarettes and treated my body and soul as if it was nothing special.
What has been the most significant change in your life?
I would have to say two equally at the top, the food I eat and my mindset. I started with the food and then the mindset followed. But from my experience, I believe to have a life at optimal awesome levels, you need both to be your top priority.
If I had to say one though, mindset would be it! I believe it is the key to everything. To learning who you are and who you’re not and completely accepting yourself for just being you. It allows you to embrace your mistakes, your failures and turn them into lessons and in the long term, they can become some of the best things that ever happened to you because of the opportunity they give you to grow, change and become a better person.
I won’t ask you what advice you would like to have given your younger self because I know your younger self wouldn’t have listened. But what you wish you knew back then?
That I was enough, that I am worth it and that loving yourself is not being “up yourself”.
That the high you can get from personal development and growing as an individual and realising your potential is a high that no drug or food or any physical product can even get close too! And that, that high can last for days and weeks if you surround yourself with people who are aligned with you.
I wish I knew that by just being me, the right people and circumstances would come into my life, and that true happiness lies within just being yourself.
What has been your most important life lesson?
Failure is the key to success! Unless you fall down you don’t know that there is another way to do things, possibly a better way.
Failure is not failure, it is essential for growth, for change, for developing new ideas, better ideas, better ways of doing things.
To fail in the short term is to succeed in the long term, if, you choose to use it to your benefit
How has this journey impacted on your life as a mother? How have your kids benefited from your transformation?
I am more present as a mother now, than I ever have been before in my girls life. As I struggled with PND twice, I spent days just zoned out, struggling to get out of my pj’s let alone actually get through the day. I am so glad they are not going to grow up watching the old me and thinking that the way I was, was normal.
They have seen me go from unable to function some days to now caring enough about myself that each day I get up, get dressed and try to become a better version of myself than I was the day before. They see me working hard, dedicating myself to providing our family with healthy nourishing food, watching me build a business that helps and inspires others.
I hope that by seeing me go through all this and continuing to grow and better myself, by making mistakes and then learning from them, by setting that example, they too will believe in, prioritising, believing in and love themselves. I want them to believe in themselves and their dreams and know that with some dedication and hard work, they can achieve them. I want them to look at me and say if my mum can do it, then so can I. That is what I work towards every day.
If you were to give an advice to someone who is feeling lost, hopeless and struggling in life right now, what would it be?
An amazing wonderful life is on the other side of the fear that is stopping you from moving forward and growing.
As long as you do the same things every day and associate yourself with the same people, your life is going to stay exactly where it is.
If you want it to change, you have to take action. Read a book, find people who make you feel good and hang out with them.
If people make you feel flat or negative, if you walk away from hanging out with someone and don’t feel uplifted, happy and full of belief that you are amazing and that you deserve to live the most amazing life possible, walk away and stay away from them!
Because there are some amazing people out there that will lift you up, believe in you, and give you the strength to keep going on the day’s that you find it hard!
Surrounding yourself with positive people who align with your values and beliefs is the best thing you can do for yourself.
Three words to describe yourself now?
Happy, Strong, Growing
Can’t wait to connect with Rosie and learn more about her world and work? Here are some links for you…
Rosie McCarthy is a Holistic Health Coach, Mother of Three – Step Mother of Two who is on a mission to Inspire families to value and prioritise their health now, so they can share moments and memories together today, tomorrow and for many years to come.
Inspiring Journeys is an empowering interviews series with women who have overcome life’s adversities and turned their lives around, finding themselves along the way.
I have started this interview series because I believe that we all have the power to turn our lives around and find a new route, a route that is guided by our heart.
The universe has funny ways of shaking things up and making us wake up to what is really important in life and what we are here to do, embracing our challenges and growing from our experiences is a wonderful gift.
I have invited some beautiful and inspiring women to be a part of these series and I am so happy to share their journey, wisdom and heartfelt messages with you.
My wish for you is that you find hope, inspiration and courage to follow your heart and use your struggles as your own opportunity for growth and transformation.