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Friday, February 09 2018

I have had the pleasure of connecting with some incredible ostomates over the years, even had the chance to interview and chat with them for my magazine, which is always a great privilege. Some have even become great friends too.


My Interview with Krystal on Ostomyconnection.com

Last year I was honoured when Krystal Miller, who is an Aussie ostomate/advocate/IBD warrior and blogger more famously and belovedly known as Bag Lady Mama online, allowed me to interview her for my magazine. She was the cover ostomate for issue 2 and allowed me to get down and deep with my readers, and had a no filter no question off limits type interview.

Ostomyconnection.com reached out after the issue went live and asked us if we wouldn't mind if the interview was republished and edited to suit the readership and the site.

So last month I opened up my inbox to see the latest interview went live on their site. I was so excited to see how many were sharing the article around social media and how many loved the interview.

As a writer, or maybe it is just me, I tend to doubt myself A LOT - I mean constantly - so I always worry that people won't like what I have written or that it wouldn't be read/enjoyed.

I saw within a couple of days there'd been something like 888 shares, this gave me this huge smile and sense of "maybe I am doing something right after all" but to know so many liked it really made me so proud. I think I used the term 'proud as punch' on twitter, but I honestly am.

Of course I know my interview wouldn't have been what it was if it weren't for my wonderful interviewee, Krystal.

If you want to read the interview on OstomyConnection the link is here.

If you want to read the original interview or to read issue 2 of the ostomistic life magazine the link is here.

You can also find Krystal aka Bag Lady Mama online via:
Instagram @bagladymama
Facebook @bagladymama
Twitter @bagladymama
Or her site/blog

5 years ago I took a chance on myself and started writing about life with an ostomy, and I am just so grateful to the opportunities and people I have met along the way.

P.S I have another interview/article on another Aussie ostomate, Laura Zapulla who blogs at stomalicious, talking about how she has inspired and shown ostomates that you can have bag will travel and that having an ostomy doesn't stop you from living the life you are able to. She recently moved abroad which is a lifelong dream. So I am excited to share that interview soon. Laura has shared articles for me in my magazine about travel with an ostomy too. 

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Monday, November 27 2017

Quotes and positive affirmations has a strong capability to empower, motivate and to instil positivity in your life and self or to help you find gratitude in your day too.

I love when I scroll through my feed and I see the posts from Smudge designs, well technically Pink Pom Pom as they've recently changed their names to. But every post makes me feel happy and helps me to feel all the feels.

Quotes can be used in SOOO many different ways too, you can frame them, you can pin them on your wall, you can add them all around your house. When I was studying, I loved hanging quotes around my desk and work area, to constantly remind me that I am strong, I am good and that I can do anything I set my mind and heart on.

Then there have been times when I loved having quotes around me: whether it were around my hospital room as I spent months in there and it was too clinical, it helped to liven the place up, then at home I used them as a reminder of my self worth.

What is great about these quotes is that you print at home, you can buy packs that are good bang for your buck or you could even buy to print as a gift!

To enter to win 1 x $25 voucher to smudge designs/pink pom pom printables

To enter:
1. Like/Follow Pink Pom Pom printables via instagram and facebook
2. Comment below telling me:
what is your favourite quote and what does it mean for you?
or do you have a favourite saying? if so, what is it and why?
3. *optional like or follow The Ostomistic Life via facebook or instagram too*

COMPETITION ENDS: 27th DECEMBER 2017 @ 11:59PM AEST (SYDNEY)

You must comment with a valid email (only I can see your email, it isn't publicly displayed) otherwise we can't contact you if you win.

If you have issues commenting, email your entry via the contact form on the site and when I am able to I will post your comment for you (note I am not always available at the computer to post your entry, please be patient, you'll receive a reply email when I see your email and are uploading your entry... so please be patient as I am dealing with my own health issues each day too).

Thank you Pink Pom Pom Printables (formally smudge design) for your support 

Best of luck and I look forward to reading your entries,


 

T&C's:
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Facebook.
- This is a game of skill, winner will be judged based on their answer by a panel of judges of The Ostomistic Life's Choosing
- No purchase is necessary to enter or win
- Open worldwide to residents over age of 18
- Once a winner is chosen, that person will be emailed via the email address they left, they will have 48 hours to reply with an acceptance.
- Once I receive a response, I will email you a code for you to use at the store, there is no physical product or gift card to be posted.
- Prize IS NOT transferable or redeemable for cash

 We also have a cute colons pack to give away too thanks to iheartguts!

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Monday, November 27 2017

I am feeling a mix of emotions right now, I am feeling so relieved that the magazine is finally ready to be published and shared with the world... but that part terrifies me!

I feel guilty for the delay, health issues happened, but I still worked hard when I could manage to get the issue out.

I also feel mega proud right now!

I hope you enjoy this issue, there is some great content in there and work for issue 3 is underway (summer/xmas/holidays issue) so if you have any content you want to contribute get in touch asap, or keep an eye on the facebook page too.

If you're a business and wanting to advertise - we offer affordable advertising options and also offer affordable graphic design too. I am also open to collaborations, just get in touch.

I am really hoping you love this issue, there are 2 giveaways too.

In this issue I launch my NEW Stoma Diary, this is an ebook that you can download for FREE  and print or edit via your computer or tablet. It is aimed at helping NEW ostomates navigate the first 6-8 weeks post op and as they approach surgery. I have had my own stoma nurse look over it and she excitedly shared it with her colleagues too.

So sit back with a cuppa and have a flip through.

I have tried to get more male relatable content out there but struggling to get the guys to contribute, anyone that knows me knows I am stubborn and persistent and I endeavour to have more male content in here, I am trying my best so please don't be disheartened.

Finally, If anyone is wanting to join the team on a voluntary position I would love some social media help and develop a content strategy etc, I recently posted about this on the magazine facebook page too.

Anyway, have a wonderful night and I will anxiously await your feedback.

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Sunday, November 26 2017

Hi and welcome to the first issue of the Ostomistic Life eZine prizes. Please find below some giveaways that might be of interest to you or if they are of interest to a friend please feel free to refer them to this page.

Prizes - up for grabs

#1. WIN a cuddly colon pack from iheartguts!
I don't have a colon anymore, but I sure wouldn't mind cuddling up to one of these cute plush ones. You are entering to win this awesome cuddly colons pack from iheartguts.


*EDIT:* Giveaway is open to people in Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada and UK only. So sorry

To enter:
1. Like/Follow iheartguts via instagram and facebook
2. Comment below telling me briefly 1 of the following :
what have you learned/gained from being an ostomate? 
or What is a piece of advice you'd give to yourself if you could go back to pre-surgery?
or what does being an ostomate or having an ostomate mean for you?
3. *optional like or follow The Ostomistic Life via facebook or instagram too*

COMPETITION ENDS: 27th DECEMBER 2017 @ 11:59PM AEST (SYDNEY)

You must comment with a valid email (only I can see your email, it isn't publicly displayed) otherwise we can't contact you if you win.

If you have issues commenting, email your entry via the contact form on the site and when I am able to I will post your comment for you (note I am not always available at the computer to post your entry, please be patient, you'll receive a reply email when I see your email and are uploading your entry... so please be patient as I am dealing with my own health issues each day too).

Thank you iheartguts for your support 

Best of luck and I look forward to reading your entries,

T&C's:
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Facebook.
- This is a game of skill, winner will be judged based on their answer by a panel of judges of The Ostomistic Life's Choosing
- No purchase is necessary to enter or win
- Open to residents in
Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada and UK applicants over age of 18
- Once a winner is chosen, that person will be emailed via the email address they left, they will have 48 hours to reply with a postal address.
- Once I receive the postal address I will forward it to iheartguts who will post the package to the winner.
- Prize IS NOT transferable or redeemable for cash

 We also have a $25 smudge creative voucher up for grabs too!

 

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Saturday, February 04 2017

The moment is here - The magazine was born!

Welcome to the first issue of the Ostomistic Life, a free quarterly eZine dedicated to helping young people with an ostomy to navigate their lives. It is founded by a young ostomate for young ostomates... but anyone can read it.

When I originally started my blog it was because I was struggling to find relatable content because representation in the media matters and since was a passion of mine to try and help other young people with a stoma to feel less alone. I learned graphic design and had a dream of one day starting an online magazine... and I have!

I had originally planned this to be created and launched at the end of 2015 but I started chemotherapy and wasn't able to dedicate the amount of energy, time and love that this baby needed... which brings us to now!

I hope you enjoy the first issue, it has been curated with incredible content from an array of contributors as well as some pages to win.

Thank you for sharing in this exciting moment and happy reading.

ISSUE 1 | The Ostomistic Life eZine

I know I only have the Australian Stoma support groups/sites listed, I underestimated how long it would take to collate the whole world. I am still working on this and will be added as each page is ready (apologies)

If you love it let me know.

Work on issue 2 has begun, click here to sign up to receive the next issue straight to your inbox. For articles I am looking for or if you have a topic you want to discuss please get in touch. Some ideas can be found via the pinned post below or on the facebook page

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Wednesday, February 01 2017

Hi and welcome to the first issue of the Ostomistic Life eZine prizes. Please find below some giveaways that might be of interest to you or if they are of interest to a friend please feel free to refer them to this page.

Prizes - up for grabs

#1. WIN 1 OF 2 $50 iTUNES CARDS
I know how hard it can be in hospital or being stuck at home because you're unwell, so I hope that winning $50 to spend on music, tv series, a movie, or even eBooks could help you pass the time. At this time this is only open to Australian residents over the age of 18 as these cards are only valid for use within Australia. Simply answer the question below in 50 words or less how YOU beat the hospital blues or pass the time when you're sick and unwell.


 

WIN 1 of 2 x $50 iTunes cards
​Best of luck

#2. WIN $25 VOUCHER TO SMUDGE DESIGNS
Smudge Designs create the perfect inspirational prints to help give you the boost you need to tackle your day or what is ahead. Their range of prints are perfect for the home, workplace, dorm or classroom, and with over 500 to choose from there isn't a short of supply of inspiration. You are entering to win a $25 voucher to be used on prints in their store.

They have a great value pack of prints too with 90% off RRP! Such a good deal.


 

WIN a $25 Voucher to Spend on Prints at Smudge Creative Design's Store

#3. WIN A MINDFULNESS CARD SET
With thanks to The Love Letter Collective, we have a mindfulness card set available to be won. Their mindfulness cards were created with the purpose of bringing you awareness, gratitude, inspiration, motivation and love. Choose one each day and take the time to reflect on what your card means to you in a positive way.

Each set is kept safe and snug in a handmade linen pouch wrapped in twine with a clear quartz crystal.

To enter simply comment on the Facebook post below answering: "What was the best piece of motivation/advice you've received and how did it help you going forward?"

Competition ends 11.59pm AEDST, a winner will be chosen March 1st based on their answer judged by a panel of our choosing. For more conditions see the facebook post.

 

 

MORE COMPETITIONS COMING SOON - SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER SO YOU DON'T MISS OUT ON FUTURE COMPETITIONS

 

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Friday, January 13 2017

 

It is a little over 2 weeks until the launch of the first of it's kind and a very needed eZine aimed at helping young people with an Ostomy, it is launching on 28th of January. 


COMING SOON - JANUARY 28TH, 2017

There is some pretty amazing content that has been generously contributed by Ostomates and proffesionals all around the world with topics that will help a young Ostomate to navigate life with an Ostomy, so I am pretty excited about this and I know I am not alone either.

I have been working with the incredible Vanessa from Becomingness who has contributed some delicious and ostomy friendly recipes (stay tuned for the launch issue to find out more).

But it got me thinking, as there is interest all around the world with the eZine, what if they measure out ingredients in a different manner?

So rather than the hassle of readers needing to convert different measurements and to prevent any confusion, I decided I would design an A6 conversion reference card for different measurements.

You can either download and print at home for FREE via clicking here 

or

if you would like a professionally printed A6 postcard on glossy cardstock for $2 WITH FREE postage* within Australia, simply click here to pay via paypal. *If you are overseas, please email me first with your country and address so I can provide a postage quote.


CLICK THE IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD

 

I hope you enjoy this quick reference card I designed, and don't forget to sign up for the eZine ahead of the launch to be the first to read it! There will also be some pretty cool prizes up for grabs too!

 

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