Ever since I started my personal fitness journey in May 2015, it turned into more than just toning up, growing a six-pack (I still can’t see one of those by the way) or chiseling a bikini body. Little did I know that starting a Bikini Body Guide (BBG for short) masterfully put together by an Australian fitness guru Kayla Itsines, would spark a refreshing yet challenging journey of spiritual self discovery. In this blog post I’ll provide a little glimpse into my personal story and share some of my favourite personal development books and resources that I’ve uncovered so far – I truly believe they are real treasures which will help you tap into a new world of limitless beliefs and possibilities.



So, where did it all start? I created my Instagram account on a whim back in May 2015 after finally purchasing Kayla’s Bikini Body Guide as a way of documenting my fitness journey, staying accountable for what I was doing (and the food I was consuming) and sharing my personal struggles and victories with like-minded ‘BBG sisters’. On my journey I met some incredibly inspiring women from different parts of the globe who were united by the same passion – become fit and learn to love, respect and appreciate their unique bodies. I’ve made friendships with some fiercely inspiring and supportive ladies, some of whom have become my real life friends and my biggest supporters – for this I’m forever grateful to the universe.


It’s through this fitness journey that I discovered my real passion for healthy cooking, recipe development and food photography. Sadly for my partner of over 7 years though, it was the beginning of the ‘occasional cold dinners phenomenon’, which made him patiently wait for me to put that damn camera down, so he could tuck into his no-longer-hot dinner…


As I learnt to look after my body through exercise and nourishing it with wholesome food, I also started awakening my spiritual self from a big snooze. I truly believe that each one of us has a unique purpose to fulfil on this planet and although I’m at the very beginning of finding mine, it already feels liberating and refreshing to be finally doing something I’m really passionate about.


I’ve put the sources for my favourite self-development books, apps, websites and podcasts in the links below. If you’d like to share any of your favourites with me, I’d love to hear from you.


Have a great day and don’t forget to remind yourself how uniquely awesome you are.


Healthfully yours,


Tania x



My favourite personal development resources:



Books (also available as audio books from Audible app):

  1. The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
  2. Hero by Rhonda Byrne
  3. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
  4. The Power by Rhonda Byrne
  5. Abundance Now by Lisa Nichols
  6. You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
  7. Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen


Guided meditation:

  1. Chel Hamilton
  2. Spotify. MediDating: Meditations for Fearless Romance by Gabrielle Bernstein
  3. Headspace app


YouTube channels:

  1. Lisa Nichols
  2. Gabrielle Bernstein
  3. Jen Sincero
  4. Jack Canfield


  1. OMG!!! I’m a huge fan The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, and I’m so excited to see that you are also a fan! I need to read the others of her books from this series, I’ve heard that The Magic is also great…
    As for the meditation, I really didn’t get on with Headspace and ‘Andy’s’ voice was just annoying me, so I have un-installed it 🙂 but I would love to give meditation another go, so may try the other options you have listed!

    1. That’s what I call great minds Anna! I would wholeheartedly say that The Secret was the book that started my personal growth. I gulped it all in one go (didn’t realise how thirsty I was for personal development!)
      Oh sorry to hear you didn’t get on with Headspace. I would recommend recent meditation podcasts from Gabby Bernstein – she has a lot of free resources on Spotify and Podcasts app on the iPhone.
      I hope you’re enjoying your French adventures Anna. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day xx

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