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Over the last year and a half I have noticed some really interesting shifts in me, perhaps it comes with entering my late 20s or perhaps it’s because I am feeling that there seems to be a huge shift towards conscious and mindful living in society. Either way I have been impacted significantly.

What I notice is that on this journey I’m taking, I have become much more introspective, pensive and thoughtful. My mind is quieter, I have slowed down and have become more of an observer. My life has felt much richer as a result, things have felt more challenging and I have hurt more in the last few years than I ever remember hurting but through that darkness there has been such a growth, so much strength and I feel much more serene and happier.

Whilst this has been a very personal journey, I also have been pondering about the idea of making sure that we are really sharing with each other the steps we are taking and the light that we are finding on our individual journeys. We can help to inspire each other and share the things that we have learnt. The more we can teach each other the more knowledge and experience we all gain.

So I want to try that with you lovely readers of The Coversation. In the comments sections below this article, let’s all write about the important lessons we have learnt so that we can all help to carry each other as we face the peaks and valleys of life. After all we are in this together.

My lessons:

Becoming more aware of the Ego.
This was a huge one for me. At first, just because this is my ‘way’, I thought of the Ego as a bad part of myself and that the goal should be to eradicate it. This is almost impossible and the more I tried to fight the Ego as something I was ashamed of, the more it would dominate. So I let go of that idea and decided that I wanted to become conscious of when I would make decisions, draw opinions, make judgements or have emotional reactions from a place of Ego. At first the majority of thoughts and emotions I was having was based in the Ego, which wasn’t surprising. I’d make silent judgements and outward decisions that were to serve my Ego and it became apparent that I was just filling a void that would soon empty again. I was starting to get closer to understanding how the Ego worked and how it ultimately made me feel.

Since starting this journey of being more aware I notice that I am at a place where the Ego is much less present in my everyday comings and goings. I feel so much happier, I am a much more loving partner and friend and life got a lot easier and more simple. That void seems to have disappeared and I feel like I am making really beautiful choices in my life. Happy thoughts, Happy heart, Happy life.

Go Within or go without.

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I am thrilled to have been asked to be the guest editor for The Conversation. Last year during a particularly trying time in my life I discovered “The Conversation” television series. It was truly a Godsend. Every week I would watch the show with my girlfriend (whilst eating some awesome dessert) and then after we would spend hours talking about this unique, thought provoking and inspiring program and the issues it raised. I instantly felt connected to Amanda- her openness and bravery, her wisdom and just the beautiful spirit that she is.

I was lucky enough to be put in contact with her through a mutual friend and we immediately became like soul sisters, in fact, Amanda was an amazing source of guidance and support when I launched my own wellness and conscious living website YourZenLife with my friend, fellow Aussie actress Phoebe Tonkin.

I am so excited to be collaborating with Amanda and this month I will be focusing my….Read rest of article at The Conversation

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With her rose coloured lips and Sophia Loren eyes it’s obvious to see why Hollywood is having a love affair with Phoebe Tonkin.
Having played a mermaid, a witch and a now most recently a werewolf, Tonkin has well and truly explored her supernatural side and has built a strong legion of die hard fans. Next on her plate is the pilot for the spin off series to The Vampire Diaries – The Originals, at this stage a top-secret and a project that Tokin is eager to sink her teeth into.
Between filming, Tonkin spends her free time working on YourZenLife, a blossoming side project with best friend and fellow Australian beauty Teresa Palmer. A health and wellbeing site encouraging readers to share goals, tips, recipes and fitness advice; interests very close to lithe, actress’ heart. When you look as good as Miss Tonkin, my advice is to click on and get the recipe for her cool-aid.

Phoebe Tonkin



Sitting on the couch eating a slice of vegan pizza watching New Girl (too honest?)

spent 6 weeks volunteering at an Orphanage in Cambodia when I was 18, it was the most impulsive decision I’ve ever made. I booked the trip two weeks before I left and it was the most incredible, life changing experience in my life to date. I went alone and lived in a house of 12, only 4 who spoke English. I came back to Sydney a new person with a whole new outlook on my life.

I loved playing Faye on Secret Circle. Up until then I had always played quite naïve and innocent characters, and Faye was so deliciously evil and manipulative. It was as if Blair Waldorf and Sebastian from Cruel Intentions had a baby, and her name was Faye Chamberlain.

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It’s Teresa’s 27th Birthday and we here are wishing her the greatest day with her friends and family.
to see all the comments and art people have made for her please visit our plumpl page


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THE NEW NORMAL — Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) new outlook has everyone concerned, leading Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) to agree that going back to the normal routine of high school would be the best thing for her. Caroline (Candice Accola) is pleasantly surprised when Elena decides to rejoin the cheerleading squad, but her pleasure turns to shock when Elena’s behavior proves dangerous. Not giving up on their search for the cure, Damon and Rebekah (Claire Holt) work together until his unwanted advice catches her off-guard. Klaus (Joseph Morgan) tries to use Hayley (guest star Phoebe Tonkin) to get the information he’s after and makes an intriguing discovery in the process. Meanwhile, a bored Elena throws a wild party and gets into an ugly fight.

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We caught up with Aussie actress, sometime model and health blogger and all-round cool girl, at the launch of adidas Energy Boost global launch in New York to find out about her move Stateside to star inThe Vampire Diaries spin-off, how she stays in tiptop shape, plus she spills some of her health secrets…

Grazia: You have a health and wellbeing blog Your Zen Life that you share with Teresa Palmer. What’s the best health tip you ever received?
Phoebe: I always find I’m at my happiest when I’m just looking after myself and not putting too much stress on exercising or being too strict with my eating. When you’re thinking about health and weight and exercise too much, it takes over. It’s how you feel on the inside. When I’m happy and looking after myself, I want to nurture my body and exercise to feel good as opposed to punishing myself and going to the gym!

G: What’s your fitness regime, especially when it comes to prepping for the red carpet?
P: I actually have just started doing Tracy Anderson, and it’s addictive. I do the classes in Los Angeles, cause I moved house and it’s really nearby, and I like doing that. It’s like Pilates, mixed with a bit of cardio, dance and loud, loud music. I love doing things that are kind of fun, jumping around and things that don’t really feel like exercise. I also like to play tennis on the weekends with friends and going for big walks. In LA they call it hikes, but there’s not much hiking involved, it’s just like walking up a small hill.

G: What are your favourite health haunts in LA?
P: There’s a really great juice place called Kimberly Snyder’s Glow Bio, and she has a book called The Beauty Detox Solution, which I’d read before she opened up this smoothie and juice place. I go there a couple of times a week to get a good juice or a smoothie and then there’s another restaurant called Pace in the canyons, which is all organic farm-fresh food, that I like as well.

G: You must travel a lot. Any tips for keeping in shape while away from home?
P: I like to bring a skipping rope, so that if I have 10 minutes spare in the morning, or even later in the afternoon, I can just go down to the gym, stretch, do 10 minutes of skipping and call it a day — and it’s light enough to put in your hand luggage.

G: What’s coming up next for you, acting-wise?
P: I’m about to go to New Orleans and Atlanta to film a pilot called The Originals, which is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries.


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Yesterday we attended the unveiling of the new adidas running innovation at a large do in New York. The shoe incorporates Boost foam, making for one of the most comfortable shoe on the planet. As any exercise freak will attest, this is the most important factor when deciding on a pair of sneakers. adidas have worked to create this revolutionary cushioning technology, meaning you literally bounce when walking. It’s all about energy levels at the end of the day, and we are happy with anything that’s going to encourage us to hit the pavement! adidas also enlisted the help of several Olympic medal winning friends Haile Gebrselassie and Yohan Blake to talk about their energy levels and getting the most out of their performance. As soon as we tried on the shoe, we were sold.

Local lady and actress Phoebe Tonkin was also at the event, along with fellow actress Rosario Dawson, sporting a great adidas logo tee and the sneakers. The thing we find most interesting is the fusion of sport and fashion currently happening around the world. As we sat and listed to these professional, award winning athletes talk about their sport, we wondered what they would think about fashionistas sporting these technologically advanced shoes for the sake of their outfit? Regardless if they like it or not, sport is trending in the fickle world of fashion. Thanks to the likes of Susie Bubble, sneakers are the footwear choice du jour, especially seen at NYFW. And we’re not talking fashion sneakers, we mean real sporty looking running shoes.

We had a chat to fashion plate Tonkin to hear her thoughts on the situation.

So you are in New York for the adidas Boost event, where do you live normally?
I live in LA and Atlanta at the moment. I am doing a show called Vampire Diaries and I am filming a pilot in New Orleans called The Originals.

Sportswear is such a trend at the moment, why do you think it’s made such a huge comeback?
I think everyone’s realised that you can look cool and still be comfortable. Brands like adidas have such a link to the 80s, when it was so cool to wear sportswear as everyday wear. Everyone is just revisiting that trend.

What do you think the real athletes would feel about this? Is it trivialising their careers?
I think they’d embrace it! If everyone’s wearing adidas, it’s like a little community with everyone sharing their passion for the brand.

People like Susie Bubble have championed this look. Will you be rocking yours for fashion week?
I am so excited to wear these for the rest of the day! They look cool and are comfortable, what more can you ask?

At $150 a pop they are a pretty reasonable fashion statement too. Check out the video below to get you into the Boost frame of mind. And now, it’s time to hit the street!


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Phoebe Tonkin is one of those rare Australians who is better known abroad than at home. She has risen to prominence in the United States as a supernatural teen queen on the CW network, first playing a sexy witch in the short lived but compellingly camp The Secret Circle before moving on to the role of orphaned werewolf Hayley in The Vampire Diaries.

The Vampire Diaries is notorious for its obsessive fanbase, and for killing off guest stars, but Tonkin seems to have resonated with the audience, since she’s just picked up a spin-off pilot, The Originals.

In addition to her acting chops, Tonkin has the sort of social media presence that is for many a career in itself. Tonkin has 90,000 Instagram followers, and 100,000 more than that on Twitter, and she runs a popular blog YourZenLife with friend and fellow Australian actress Theresa Palmer.

An ebullient guide to health and wellbeing YourZenLife is yoga and organics sans condescension, and it strikes a chord with Tonkin’s teenage fans. The blog espouses the virtues of vegetables and positive thinking, with an appealing earnestness.

We caught up with Tonkin at the launch of Adidas’ Energy Boost yesterday in New York to find out about life on the intersection of new and old media.

Can you tell us about what it’s like to combine acting with your social media presence?

Sure thing. It’s interesting because the show that I’m on has a very young demographic, so knowing that I have a chance to have a voice with them is quite exciting. In my personal life I’m very passionate about health and wellness and the chance to give a bit of advice, especially to young girls, is great. It’s not so much giving them someone to ‘look up to’ because I don’t really think of myself in that way, but I do think it’s important to try and be positive. I want them to see other people doing good, by themselves and for their bodies, so they don’t feel like they have to do anything silly to achieve their goals.


Do you have much direct contact with your fans?

That’s what Twitter is really good for. You can literally directly reply to people. Gone are the days of writing, or writing back to, fan mail. Now Twitter is the easiest way to contact someone.


What’s one particular thing you’ve heard from a fan that’s really stood out for you?

I mean, it’s always nice when Theresa and I get emails on our OurZenLife email account. Even if they’re not necessarily fans of our work. I’ll get people who contact us to tell us they’re in high school, and that all their friends have seen us. Just people being able to explain “This is what I do and care about, and see, other people do it too.” That we’re allowing people to not feel like the odd ones out because they’re not eating fast food and drinking. Theresa and I were saying that we’d like to make it cool to have a green juice in school.


How did you and Teresa come to realize you should work on this together?

Well she’s the sweetest thing in the world, and we got to know each other through mutual friends and we realised that we were both passionate about living this particular way and finding that balance in life. We were always on other people’s blogs, and always sharing information and we wanted an outlet to share our own information, and take other people’s ideas and tips that we really liked and give them a platform too.


Can you tell me about a time when something on-set has leaked into the blog?

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