About The Beautiful Existence
The Beautiful Existence is a health and lifestyle blog, for people who continually strive to improve, progress and grow across all aspects of life.
A healthy and happy life is not only about eating well, but also about living your best possible life, whatever this may mean to you. This includes, but is not limited to, good mental health, positive thinking, staying motivated and enjoying fulfilling and enriching careers and relationships.
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself
– George Bernard Shaw
Hi! My name is Sophie. A Melbourne based self proclaimed nerd, gym junkie and lover of all things creative, tasty and well designed!
In 2010 I moved to Melbourne and found what I thought was my dream job in beauty buying. I worked with some great people and got some great perks too, but the long hours and stressful environment definitely didn’t do my health any favours. Being seated at a desk pretty much all day didn’t help either, and fuelling my work hours with sugar and tasty foods I slowly started to gain more and more weight, until I started seeing photos of myself that I hated and I realised that it was time for a change.
My health was getting worse and worse, and I was always told the same generic response by doctors “it’s just a virus, it’s going around this time of year”. After struggling through lots of sickness I finally saw a natural health practitioner who helped kickstart my health and fitness journey. Focusing on my diet I lost 10kg, and then finally found a love of weight training too.
Most things in life aren’t a linear journey upwards, and this was the case for me too. While I was definitely a lot better, I ended up being diagnosed with two autoimmune disorders: narcolepsy and ankylosing spondylitis. My lifestyle change help me to manage these fairly well, however there was one final factor that wasn’t helping – job related stress.
I finally decided in 2017 to quit my current career, and without a plan see where my journey would take me. I ended up freelancing for a few years doing what I loved the most: website design, social media management, graphic design and working on this blog too.
In 2020 I launched this as a proper web design studio: Kitsune Creative Co. My health is still very much a journey for me, but I’m so glad I have more control and I also gave myself the gift of living a lifestyle which helps me manage this – and that I absolutely love too!
The meaning of life is not to simply exist, to survive,
but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer!
– Arnold Schwarzenegger