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Recently, I was asked “what does radiance mean to you?” It’s no small question is it? It’s not a one word answer or something I can define with another.

“Radiance” is a combination of so many elements. So when asked this question, I stopped. And, as I did, it was like a time lapse of all the moments in my life that have built me into the woman I am today played before my eyes.

When I think of “radiance” I see…

The tiny person I once was, who lived, played and loved without a care in the world. With blonde hair running down her back, jumping through the waves at the beach and playing hide and seek in the bush. Curling into her mothers arms by night watching her massage cream into her hands with intention and warmth.

A child with fascination embracing a culture so foreign to what I had ever known, learning the people, their language and history through broken conversation from the locals who lived there.

A shy teenager, troubled and insecure, dealing with life’s challenges by trying to create a means of control. A darkness that taunted my mind and took the pleasure of life away from me for a long time. Before turning a corner and beginning to understand that my ways may well take the joys of life in the future away from me for good.

A young adult, ready to explore the world, with a stubborn fearlessness that couldn’t be tamed and a thirst for understanding the world and myself on my own two feet. Eagerly moving abroad and immersing myself in cultures unknown, only to make them my home and the memories created there carried with me for life.

An adult attempting to step into a career that didn’t feel right and forever overshadowed by the expectation to follow a path that wasn’t for me. So without letting the fear of doubt overwhelm me, moving onto a path that would lead me to my dreams.

A mother and nurturer for a beautiful boy who inspires and teaches me everyday to be bigger than yesterday, more playful than the moment before and to never ever forget that love comes first.

A woman. A radiant woman who is strong, happy and confident. A woman whom at stages in life I never believed I would be. But with each day I chose to show up, placing one foot in front of the other in the hope that I would someday make it there.

Because radiance isn’t one thing, it’s a combination of all that I am and how I wish to stand on this earth. It’s living and breathing the ups and downs that have brought me to where I am today. That’s radiance…just for me.

+ I work in partnership with Jurlique Australia New Zealand and Jurlique Global. This is image is part of their Experience Radiance 2017 campaign. Words and thoughts are my own.

Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline Alwill is a qualified, practicing nutritionist, personal trainer, whole foods cook and most importantly mother to Jet. She is committed to improving the health, wellbeing and happiness of all individuals.

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