Integrity; a pretty quality

Integrity, such a powerful word, yet not many know the true meaning.

Integrity: {noun}

The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

‘Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did or not’. Oprah Winfrey


I have chosen to focus my intentions on acting with integrity.

Being who I say I am, doing what I say Ill do.

Integrity is having ethics; morals and being trustworthy. Doing exactly what you say you will, when you say you will and  living a life exactly as you say you do. Basically, practising what you preach.

If you follow me & my journey, I am a do-er, I make my mind up about something and just get it done (and figure the logistics out later, I have researched this ‘just do it’ trait and apparently its good for entrepreneurs, thankfully), Im a hopeless romantic (I choose to believe the words I hear & that everyone is truly ‘good’), and I also suffer depression/self sabotage (yes, my days are very interesting!).

‘Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity’. W. Clement Stone

I use alot of powerful quotes everyday, romantic poems & invest my time reading in physiology, because it intrigues me as I only want to be a better person, for myself and those around me (one day my own family), yet on several occasions I find myself acting with my emotions even though I have the best intentions, speaking words that shouldnt be said and over analysing/acting with fear, hurt & ego.

For these reasons I am choosing to actively focus on this quality that few really possess; Integrity.

I want to be a woman of my word. That does not mean Im perfect, or I ever will be, it simply means that I will actively try to focus my intention on being as good as I say I am. On actively acting with integrity, not fear, hurt, anger.


Thought: If you were as valuable as your word, how valuable would you be?

‘Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. ‘ Miguel Angel Ruiz

If you want to live a life with happiness; it is essential to act with integrity. To speak and live your truth. (Why I classified it a ‘ pretty’ quality).

Integrity means to honour your word. Can people trust you? Are you responsible? Reliable? Integrity as a quality means that you do the right thing and people find you trustworthy and reliable (important characteristics for any relationship/lovers or friends) . Integrity means that you are honest, about yourself, everything that you are, who you want to be,  and who you have been.

Be true to you…

What are your morals? What do you believe in (Respect, honesty, trust)?  To truly act with integrity you must know what your morals are.

Do you believe in treating people with respect yet are disrespectful to those around you?

Do you always say you will do something, that never seems to get done? Do you always commit yet never seem to follow through? (We are all guilty of this, especially via social media)



Integrity is about being true to yourself, to who you are, knowing what you belive in and acting it out everyday.

‘The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. ‘Zig Ziglar’

self sabotage


For some us, we are still on the journey to discovering our true selves…(there is no rush it can be a life long beautiful journey). If you are unsure about your morals and ethics take some time, on your own, and reflect, what do you believe in? Once you know what it is that you believe in, what you desire from life, the person you want to be, you can consciously act with integrity every day.

‘Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. ‘Ralph Waldo Emerson



The more I am focusing on acting with integrity, the stronger relationships I am building and the better  my life is becoming.  If I say I will do something, I will (reliability). If I’m unsure that I can, I will say so (honesty).

Be honest with those around you, its much better then over committing and being  a disappointment.

Love & light, Charlie x.

Everyday do something that makes you a better person, you are your only competition, just be better than yesterday 🙂





Monday Motivation…Noa Reis {Vie Activewear}

I have recently fallen in love.

With this years ‘must have’ fitness wear label …Vie Active 

Today I would like to introduce you to Noa Ries, the co-founder of one of Australia’s premium activewear brands.

“You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true.” Richard Bach



You are the co-founder of one of the hottest/sexiest fitness wear labels of the moment, what do you attribute this success to?

Firstly, thanks so much for the lovely compliment! It is so exciting to know that an idea that started as a vision and a concept for doing things differently is being responded to so well around the world. I think part of this is due to the fact that I used to be a personal trainer and I created the range with people who sweat for a living in mind.  Women who don’t want to compromise style for functionality.


When did you decide to you wanted to be involved in the health industry?

I’ve always been incredibly passionate about health and fitness.  I decided to become a personal trainer when my husband and I moved to Singapore in 2008 and its health & fitness have been embedded in my life ever since.


1391746_10152122922993619_673985858_nWhen did you decide to begin Vie active?

One afternoon I had an epiphany to create the range after realizing I was spending my LIFE in activewear and would often get to the end of the day feeling cold/clammy and really quite daggy! I set out on a mission to create truly technical activewear that would enable me to do an intense workout but would also be chic and stylish enough to wear all day long. Vie Active started with the finest quality Merino wool – an incredibly unique fabric and the ultimate performance fibre as it is naturally temperature regulating, anti-microbial, shape retaining, moisture wicking, odor resistant (I could really go on and on…..!). It’s not only super soft and breathable on your skin but it also allows you to be dry, stink-free, and just as comfortable after the most demanding run, yoga, or boot-camp session. From the beginning, we decided to push the envelope by integrating high definition prints into the Merino fabric to fuse fitness with fashion and function and as a result, our clothes truly do look and feel just as good on the studio as they do on the street.

“Faith is not desire. Faith is will. Desires are things that need to be satisfied, whereas will is a force. Will changes the space around us.” Paulo Coelho

How do you feel as an inspirational figure/mentor?

Honoured and flattered beyond words.

Has there been any challenges along your journey?

Many! Manufacturing is by far our biggest challenge and I think our lack of experience in the fashion industry has been both a positive and a negative for us. On the one hand, its enabled us to think outside the square and push the envelope in terms of product development to envisage something that didn’t exist before (truly technical and fashionable performance wear that can be worn all day long). On the other hand, it’s been a very intense process to create this product and work with our suppliers and manufacturers to get it right and to the highest quality.


How do you maintain balance between your Career and personal health?

I try to do something active every day. More for my mental sanity than anything else. I do a combination of barre workouts, HIIT classes and walking my two daughters in the pram. I try to nourish my body with food that is as clean as possible simply to provide me with the energy I need to get through the day as with a 10 week old, a 2.5 year old and a new business my life is very hectic and busy!

What do you believe are the keys to success in business?

Hard work, putting the customer first (always), doing something you love.

‘To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.’ Steve Prefontaine

What is your advice for anyone who has a dream?

Listen to your inner voice. Talk to other people you trust and develop your idea to the point that it’s a workable business concept. Don’t get paralysed by analysing, just go and do it!

What can we look forward to next from you?

Lots of new colours, and prints and some new styles plus lots more exciting health & fitness lifestyle content on our blog.

Top 3 healthy tips/advice?

  1. Be Active every day. Even if this means just going for a walk.
  2. Drink at least 2 litres of water each day
  3. Eat healthy fats and minimise sugar in your diet.

Share something no one knows…

I decided to train for and run a marathon after being told by a massage therapist that I didn’t have the “right body” for marathons. It hurt like hell (I couldn’t walk properly for 5 days) but guess what, I ran across the finish line!

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” Oprah Winfrey

I sincerely thank Noa for her time.



IG: vieactivewear

Love & light, Charlie x.

If you have a dream, make a goal and dedicate everything you have to make it come true. This is true success. Support others who are living their dream & share love. Create a community of inspiration, and you to will achieve the success you dream off.



Love the Skin Youre in – Seminar

Some of you may know, but I have over 10 years of experience in the beauty industry {this clarifies me as an expert}. As I have gone on to study health coaching and love to learn/research everything about psychology, it still amazes me how it all comes back to what we eat and the thoughts we think.

‘Glamour is about feeling good in your own skin’ Zoe Saldana

On Saturday 20th Sept I will be hosting ‘ Love the Skin youre in’ at Yoga 213 in Bondi (the home of Hip Hop yoga, you must try if you havent yet)


This is not your average…you should cleanse, tone, moisturize seminar. Lets go deeper, what actually happens in the cells, what is acne, what is redness, lines? Join me as I introduce you to the integumentary system, the largest organ in the body and learn that you really are what you eat.

Symptoms or conditions on/in your skin are only signs that something is not quite right internally. Learn how to understand your skin.

True Beauty comes from within.


From emotions to nutrient deficiencies, the signs are all there.

Do you know what you are eating? Do you know the effects that its having internally?

I will never say do this, or do that, I am about education, research and giving you the tools to find out what is right for you, after all we are all biochemically individual. #unique.

Stop looking (or buying) that MIRACLE cream. Let me tell you why.

“Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs.” Dr. Georgiana Donadio, founder of the National Institute of Whole Health


Some of the latest skin care trends include, blood plasma, fillers to plump, bee venom, sperm facials (this is true) and so many more… but I am here to tell you, it all starts internally. The food you eat, the emotions you feel and thoughts you think. Of course we all have a genetic predisposition, but let’s think about prevention rather than cure.

Going a little deeper than just the skin, lets talk about some of the chemicals, preservatives and pesticides we are eating daily. NOt to mention the effects of medication, sugar, alcohol nad stress.

Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical. — Sophia Loren



As part of the beautiful day, there will be a Yin yoga class to clam and destress your Central Nervous System, a light lunch, C Coconut Water and of course #charliesballs will be available.

Bookings are essential:

Follow IG: Yoga213 (amazing yoga inspo)

“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.” ~B.K.S. Iyengar

I hope to see you there!

Love & light, Charlie x.