Hi everyone!

I thought for my second blog post here I would tell you a little about what I am up to at the moment. If you have read my last post A life without PUG you will know that the last year has been a big process of evolving for me, coming to terms in my head the kind of person I want to be, and how PUG has been a part of that. It's not just been about my personal style, but also changing the way I think. Focusing on being a positive person, the kind of person people want to be around, doing things that make me happy and being an encouraging and supportive friend/partner. Not only this, but removing myself from negative friends and situations that are just draining to be a part of.  

This community has really helped me do that and seeing the way the PUG team works together, and the kind of uplifting positive examples they set for the community that has formed around them has really inspired me. Although I still have a long way to go with some personal difficulties I try to smile and make it to the next day. 

One thing that came from my personal reflection was how lucky I am, I'm pretty sure if everyone threw all their problems into a pile I would quite happily take mine back! So at the end of last year I resolved to give a little back, from complimenting the random stranger on her lovely dress in the street, to donating to a food drive so that those that wouldn't have much to celebrate at Christmas, at least had a meal. I'm not trying to change the world and go all beauty pageant world peace on you, but such a little thing can make peoples day or even week! 

This brings me to what I am up to now. Just before Christmas I decided to give myself a personal challenge and in the process give a little something back. I have signed up for a sponsored 15km run; The Herald Sun Run for the Kids. Some of you are probably thinking 'That's not very far!' and others 'How could she do that?!'. For me, it's far. I have always been relatively sporty, playing netball (I play goal shooter - not much running!) and going to the gym (I'm going to be honest and say not very often!) but I am most certainly NOT a runner. I hate running. I run like a big girl.

One month in to my training and I'm pretty proud of myself, I'm running about 3 times a week, with a bike ride thrown in too and I have found it's totally mind over matter. After a long day at work, coming home and cooking/washing/cleaning and still finding the energy to go for a run is hard but once those trainers are on, I feel great! Not only is it putting me in better shape, my head is clearer and after that, I know the money that I eventually make will go to a wonderful cause. For those of you that don't know, every year in Melbourne we have The Good Friday Appeal, with a huge fundraising effort going to The Royal Children's Hospital, the largest childrens hospital in Australia. You can read more about the appeal here.

I am lucky enough to not know of any children that require The Royal Children's Hospital at this current moment in time, but who knows if and when this might change. The care they give has my full support, and as much as I hope that a little person close to me never needs the care, there are many children out there that do. So I hope reading this has given you some inspiration, and you think about giving 10 minutes of your time or $10 of your money to make a difference. And if you fancy helping a fellow PUG fan out, you can donate here  :) 

The change in the way I think began at PUG, and it's onwards and upwards from here! My running gear is not quite as sexy and beautiful as my Pinup Couture or Deadly Dames ensembles but I love putting them on even more now!

Lots of love Nadia xx 

"Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful"

I am wearing the Micheline and the Picnic print Zooey, both in a size medium.

Ready to go!!        

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Comment by Tahitia Belle Fille on January 23, 2013 at 7:08am

Nadia you are a beautiful woman with an even more beautiful heart and spirit! I'm so happy that PUG has helped you get to this place that you're at in your life where you can challenge and push yourself in great ways like this, and for such a great cause too. 

Good luck with the training and be sure to post some pictures from the run if you can :)

P.S. Your victory rolls in the picture on the right are just AMAZING! I'm really hoping to learn to do them that well for Viva in March :)

Comment by Jessica Maria Montalvo on January 23, 2013 at 12:56pm

I would totally run with you!! I was running for an hour straight before my darn back went out on me back in late July, and I had to cancel my 5K plans. But, I'm slowly building it back up again so I can go back to it. I wish you the best with your goal!!!

I feel lucky too, for being a part of this community. I think it's, seriously, the only positive environment that I have ever experienced in my life!! Self-discovery is amazing when you can be surrounded by positivity.  And I agree, it's only going to get better from here.

You look so beautiful in your Zooey and Micheline!! 

Comment by Nadia Brooker on January 24, 2013 at 2:59pm

Thanks Tahitia, that's so sweet of you to say. I certainly will post photos if I can - maybe collapsed post race! Good Luck with the victory rolls, I'm so jealous of you going to Viva :)

Jessica - Thanks for the lovely compliment! Such a shame about your back, I hope you get back to full running capacity soon! I have terrible back ache from being so tall, but I think that it is helping, fingers crossed. 

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