Quick note: Blog will be down for a few days (may see some disruptions)

Hi everyone,

How are you all? This is just a quick note that my blog is in the process of being transferred to a self-hosted website and may be down for a few days. Please be aware of certain links not working or receiving an error message. This is only temporary, while the blog is being upgraded.

The site may look different once it’s complete. This is part of the blog expansion I had mentioned earlier (and will include more features).

Stay tuned, stay safe and thank you for reading. Take care,

Dimity

P.S. I’ll still be contactable at the other social media links (Facebook, Twitter and e-mail: naturegirl015admin@themagicwithinus.com ), while the site is being upgraded.

Happy New Year 2016

Hey everyone,

How are you? Did you have a magical Christmas and a great start to the new year? I did.

I want to thank you all for your support, love, feedback and e-mails. You are not alone anymore.

This is the year to implement the new changes to the blog as part of its branding and evolvement, including new opportunities and monthly competitions, product reviews (including books) and welcoming my guest bloggers. Enjoy the journey with me. Keep an eye out for updates about my book and how it’s progressing.

The first of the month will be the start of new competitions, giveaways and/or a book review (it will vary throughout the year).

Always keep smiling and enjoy your life. Stay strong.

Thank you,

Dimity

P.S. “With an open mind, and an open heart, anything is possible.”

New Year’s Resolutions – Review

Hi everyone,

How is your year coming along? As we’re nearing the end of October, I had been thinking about some of my resolutions. I won’t mention what some of my resolutions for this year were as they are constantly changing slightly.

One of my resolutions for this year was to be able to perform an aerial routine (Tissue/Silk, Spanish Web, etc) in the annual Sandfly Circus show. I am proud to say that I have achieved this, even if it wasn’t what I had originally wanted. Pickers can’t be choosers in this case. It does give me something more to aim for next year. I did learn some new tricks and skills this year at circus training on the aerial apparatus, and also learning/more involved in the behind-the-scenes stuff in a stage production.

What about you? Have you achieved any of your resolutions/goals for this year that you are willing to share?

Dimity

Guest Blog posts and collaboration opportunities

Hey everyone,

How are you all going? How is your weekend? Mine is going well here.

As mentioned earlier in a previous post, I’m currently in the process of expanding my blog will be revealing each expansion as part of the blog evolvement. The first part of the blog expansion is Guest Blog posts.

The Guest Blogger can be someone whom is involved in the Incontinence (Encopresis) journey. It can be a family member (a parent, loving sibling, carer) whom is willing to open up about his/her experiences, questions, suggestions and what life is like living with a loved one (kinda like an “outside looking in/day in the life”). The Guest Blogger can be an Encopresis survivor, opening up and sharing his/her experiences on the journey (“day in the life/this is what it was like for me and how it can help you”). Those that are currently an Encopresis warrior and want to share their story are also welcome too. Hopefully I can also have specialists and other professionals involved as well.

The Guest Blogger isn’t just open to those on the Incontinence (Encopresis) journey. I am opening my blog for other people as well, as time goes on.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in being a Guest Blogger then e-mail me: naturegirl015admin@themagicwithinus.com and go from there.

Another opportunity is collaboration. I’m open to collaborate with a business/charity/blogger, etc on projects. It could be a book, organise a phone call/meeting with a family, go on a tour and talk to the schools. My blog is open to providing information for events, shows, product reviews (*subject to a selection criteria) and more.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in collaborating on a project then e-mail me: naturegirl015admin@themagicwithinus.com and go from there.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a Guest Blogger post or a collaboration idea, don’t think that this is a one-off. I’m open to the same person/business having more guest posts later on and always open to working on more than one project with someone. If you have any ideas or suggestions about all this, please let me know.

Never let anything stop you from achieving your dreams. Work hard at it, every step forward is one more closer to where you want to be. Enjoy the weekend.

Dimity

Happy New Year 2015

Hey everyone,

How are you all? Happy New Year 2015!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for sharing your stories, emotions and questions last year. I look forward to reading them and hearing from you this year. What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Do you believe in them? I have a few projects and potential projects planned for this year, and will share them with you when the opportunity arises.

I apologise for this to be a short entry. Take care, enjoy 2015 and all the experiences & opportunities it will bring to you, your community and your family. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, e-mail me: naturegirl015admin@themagicwithinus.com and the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/helpencopresissurvivorseeellen

Feed The Little Children

Hi Everyone,

How are you all? I’m going well here, getting busy with different projects. Recently I’ve been volunteering at a local non-for-profit charity called “Feed the Little Children”. It is a volunteer run local charity where we cook nutritious meals and deliver them to the local children whom would go to bed hungry otherwise.

I absolutely love it, and seeing all their smiling faces. The parents that I talk to are also very appreciative and welcoming. I go out and help out with the deliveries of the meals (there are other volunteers that cook the meals). At the moment we’re delivering over 300 meals in a night. At the moment it’s only run on the weekend (Friday and Saturday), but ideally FEED THE LITTLE CHILDREN want to run all year round. A lot of the houses are in badly lit areas and it can get really dark at night. Helping to feed the children and help those in need in my community is a wonderful opportunity, and feels truly humbling and amazing inside. For those that are interested in more information, here is the link to their website: http://feedthelittlechildren.org.au

Tomorrow I’ll be feeding the children. Definitely something I love to do on the weekend. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Stay strong. Do YOU have anything planned for the weekend?

Always be kind to one another. With an open mind, and an open heart…anything is possible.

Dimity

An Encopresis Survivor’s guide to Social self confidence (Part 1)

Whenever it was recess/lunch time at school I spent the majority of time by myself, or I would talk to the teachers when they were doing their walk around on duty. “Why don’t you go hang out with your friends?” they would ask. “What friends?” was my constant reply. I could hang out with the bullies…plenty of them around. When the kids at school went to a party, school dance or ball..guess who wasn’t invited? Being treated as a loner for no other reason than “just because”, isn’t going to do anything good.

Having Encopresis with the uncontrollable soiling of underwear (and NO urge) is hard enough, having any chance of a social life is a long distant dream. When I see the “popular kids” or anyone with the huge self confidence or a social butterfly, I admit I’m envious. I cried a lot because of the bullying, being stabbed, work stolen and things thrown at me. Neither of these are related to having Encopresis, only I wasn’t self confident enough to not let it upset me.

The teenage years are where the affects of peer pressure and peer influence take hold. I was able to invite a few friends to my birthday, but rarely was I invited in return. Sometimes in the movies/TV shows there are scenes where the teenagers are hanging out with their friends (both guys and girls), dates and all the other fun stuff. When you have Encopresis (including myself), it isn’t a cliche but real. It can be so painful to watch other teenagers be happy and do “normal” things, but can only view it from the outside and no idea what it’s like to actually experience it for his/herself.

Once I left school after Graduation and no longer in contact of people from school life (especially the bullies), I am more able to gain my self confidence, and with it a sense of social confidence. Performing and books (writing, reading and the library) are always a part of me. I am my most happiest doing what I love, and no longer allow bullies to take control. I won’t be somewhere if the bullies are there. I always stayed true to myself, my family and my interests.

Being on stage, on set or writing and hanging out with like minded people means a lot to me. The more I know about myself and push my comfort zone, the more I can stand up for myself. I can walk down the street with a ┬áspring in my step and talk to people. To tell someone I know that I had Enco isn’t easy, but it really is freeing. Here is a quote from a recent e-mail that a fellow Encopresis survivor sent me:

“I told my few friends in class that I had a disorder called Encopresis and for the first time in my life I no more feel shallow for myself and that they took it lightly now I feel much better around them.
Initially I repented telling them but I found that its better to let them know than hiding inside and killing my social life, I even discovered that its considerably a better experience than being sympathised. I am really doing good at this now and I am always thankful for your dedicated efforts towards enco veterans. I may be healing in a real slow pace but I found it as a healthy development and I am sure that my leap of faith did not go in vain”.

Understandably not everyone is ready to open up to someone they trust about this condition (myself included at the time). Opening up about this to someone you trust (close friend, teacher, family) is hard initially but is something I suggest you do. If suffer from Encopresis while at school for example, a trusting friend that knows what is happening and on your team, can hint that you need to change and be there for moral support. The first step is always the hardest.

Keep posted to my blog for Part 2 of this post. Don’t forget to subscribe, write/e-mail to The Ellen DeGeneres Show and give the Facebook page a LIKE ( https://www.facebook.com/helpencopresissurvivorseeellen?ref=hl ), and let me know how you go.

Do you have any suggestions? Have you shared your story with anyone else and was it helpful in gaining confidence in yourself and social confidence? Take care,

Dimity