New Year. New Me.

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Every single day, I see on Facebook and Twitter a stream of people who are unhappy with their body, their health or their self-esteem.

And whilst you will very rarely ever see me write negativity like that¬†– I do get it. I get how miserable it can be to be overweight, or not in the jean size you would like to be. I get not wanting to go swimming with the children for fear of getting in a swim suit. Deleting family photos because you don’t like the way you look. I know. I have those days, too. Lots of them.

But soon, one bad day rolls into one week, into one summer and before you realise it. BAM! You have spent years feeling this way. Maybe not every day. But many.

This year, I decided that it was all going to change. I am not going to spend another minute wishing that something is different. And, for the most part – everything I was unhappy with was totally within my control to change.

Step 1. Lose weight and get fit.

Step 2. Get the perfect smile.

And I am going to achieve it all.

This video is a big deal for me. Normally I’m the one taking photos and videos – preferring to HIDE behind the camera. So be kind.

I’m getting braces!

Eeeeeek! I am so stinkin’ excited. I feel like a bottle of fizzy pop about to explode!


~ Natalie

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  1. Pepper

    January 30, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Awe, that is sooo awesome! Now I’m excited for you after watching your video, it was really good! You’ll have to take lots of pictures so you can see the difference as everything changes!

    • Natalie

      January 31, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Hi Pepper! Yes, I’m planning on blogging and vlogging the entire journey. I am so excited to see the changes :)

  2. Jennifer @TheRebelChick

    January 30, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    How exciting! My daughter is in treatment to correct her teeth right now and she is so happy, she is always smiling! Yay for you!!

  3. Cat Davis

    January 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Good luck to you! I hope you meet all of your goals and then some!

  4. Tonya

    January 30, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    My son had a horrible, horrible overbite. He was so embarrassed that he wouldn’t even smile. His braces changed his life. Now he has a beautiful smile and flashes it all the time.

    • Natalie

      January 31, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Tonya, that is incredible! What a fantastic story to share.

  5. Wendy

    January 30, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    So happy for you! I always wished I had braces when I was a teen, now, I’m paying for my TEENS braces! Like Pepper said, take lots of pics!

  6. Billie

    January 30, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    How exciting,to be taking steps to the goal you!

  7. Lisa

    January 30, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I’m working on #1

    • Natalie

      January 31, 2014 at 9:24 am

      I’m right there with you!

  8. cindy

    January 30, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    way to go! I had braces and did not wear my retainer and I SO regret it. it’s my dream to get them fixed for good one day :)

  9. Michelle

    January 31, 2014 at 12:46 am

    That’s so awesome, congrats! Way to go on taking the initiative to change what you don’t like – that’s always been the hardest part for me.

  10. trisha

    January 31, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Natalie, I got braces as an was the best decision I ever made.


    • Natalie

      January 31, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Trisha, you have a beautiful smile!

  11. robyn

    January 31, 2014 at 2:30 am

    How very cool for you! You go girl – great video!

  12. Sarah @Must Have Mom

    January 31, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Good for you! We often forget to focus a little on ourselves sometimes!

  13. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    January 31, 2014 at 6:40 am

    I’m in the same boat you are and my teeth look so similar to you. I can NOT decide whether to put braces back on or do veneers. I keep flip flopping!

    • Natalie

      January 31, 2014 at 9:27 am

      I decided against veneers as personally, I didn’t like the treatment process. I chose Damon braces as it was more of a corrective treatment to the dental structure and was right for me. Your orthodontist will be able to give you great advice to help you decide!

  14. Susan

    January 31, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Well good for you :) I look forward to your updates, to a beautiful smile.

  15. Lilybett

    February 1, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Congratulations on taking this giant leap towards your goals for the year. That’s great! Hope it all goes well this week.

  16. Camielle

    February 1, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    I’m not over weight but I still could relate to the things you said. As women we tend to be so harsh and judgemental on yourselves. Cheering you on as you enbark on this journey / progress.

    Found you via Sonia’s link up

  17. Sonia Life Love Hiccups

    February 1, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Go you good thing! i would love to get braces and I think it is awesome that you have decided to just go for it. I look forward to seeing both the gorgeous smile and your confidence soar hun. Thanks for linking up xx

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