@kyupproject - Mel Thomas🇦🇺

Ambassador 🇦🇺 domestic violence prevention, self worth & self defence, martial artist, presenter, mum⚡️Cosmopolitan Woman Of the Year Game Changer
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Us girls have to raise each other up! I’m a huge fan of Kate and I absolutely love it when she comes to the club. Why? because of the person she is. Let me explain, it’s not possible to just lob up to class on a Monday or a Saturday and be a black belt. All the attributes that people look up to - commitment, perseverance, self worth, accountability-  all the reasons you send your kids to martial arts classes for - because you want to see those values demonstrated. Those values are hard earned lessons. Kate is one of those people I want my daughters to learn from. Whether it’s in the office, at school or at the dojang I honestly believe this standard holds true and @katebeneke you are my favourite #blackbelt
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Us girls have to raise each other up! I’m a huge fan of Kate and I absolutely love it when she comes to the club. Why? because of the person she is. Let me explain, it’s not possible to just lob up to class on a Monday or a Saturday and be a black be

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I’ve lost track of how many years we’ve been friends. You always laugh at my jokes. You’re a beautiful person with a kind heart. #stayer #smiles #friends
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I’ve lost track of how many years we’ve been friends. You always laugh at my jokes. You’re a beautiful person with a kind heart. #stayer #smiles #friends

I hadn’t shared this interview with Jules Sebastian until now. I’m just like you, I have crushing moments of self doubt.

You can’t imagine how self conscious I felt going on after Sophie Monk! I felt vulnerable and like my clothes were all wrong. I was taking too long to answer the questions and all I could see was stage fright. 
I’m sharing now because I see it differently. 
All that matters is an amazing high profile woman like Jules Sebastian opened up her platform to shine a light on kids living with domestic violence. I’m pretty darn proud of Jules for doing that and I’m grateful for the experience. 
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I hadn’t shared this interview with Jules Sebastian until now. I’m just like you, I have crushing moments of self doubt. You can’t imagine how self conscious I felt going on after Sophie Monk! I felt vulnerable and like my clothes were all wrong. I

I came across this vid with @leahpigram just now. Such a sweety! We are in Broome and it’s late at night. The wind is whipping our hair all over the place and there was a chill in the air. I bet you can’t tell what I said?
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I came across this vid with @leahpigram just now. Such a sweety! We are in Broome and it’s late at night. The wind is whipping our hair all over the place and there was a chill in the air. I bet you can’t tell what I said?

I know awesome when I see it. Gotta love a t that backs it up  #awesomegirls
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I know awesome when I see it. Gotta love a t that backs it up #awesomegirls

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My eyes are wide open. As I look at the happy faces in these pics I can’t help but recall some of the sad little faces too. Kids so hungry they can’t focus. Kids stressed out by complex adult issues they shouldn’t have to cope with. Our kids. Our back yard. Kids you would be proud to have met too. 
In the paper today I read, one in 17 of all deaths of First Nations people is a suicide, while half of all deaths of Indigenous kids aged 17 and younger is a suicide. First Nations children account for almost 90 per cent of the suicides of children aged 14 and younger. The nation should weep. Empowering Indigenous Australians in the decisions that affect their destiny is critical to addressing the entrenched disadvantage they endure – the deplorable health, employment and incarceration statistics that are reflected in the shocking suicide numbers. 
Gerry Georgatos for the SMH writes, as somebody with years immersed in suicide prevention who is not desktop-bound, here is what I want everyone to know:  suicide is not complex. It is multi-factorial and multi-layered with an arc of issues, some which intertwine, but it is not complex. There is an underwriting narrative – poverty. More than two-thirds of the Australian suicide toll is intersected by poverty and accumulation of life stressors.

Here’s what I think. We can do more. We should do more. I’m taking some time to write about what I learned on my trip to the Kimberly. I want to bring the stories of these kids to life for you. It’s the very least I can do.
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My eyes are wide open. As I look at the happy faces in these pics I can’t help but recall some of the sad little faces too. Kids so hungry they can’t focus. Kids stressed out by complex adult issues they shouldn’t have to cope with. Our kids. Our bac

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Had the BEST day training with @instructor.daz ...it’s no secret I love #Hapkido but it was loads of fun spicing things up with a few little fiery #kravmaga techniques. Daz you’re an inspiration and I love your commitment to empowering women with your self defence classes and if you’re in WA and looking for a great class get along to @roardefenceacademy . I have been spoiled with gifts and I don’t know how, but we even managed to shoot a quick video. A productive day indeed. excited to share the vid with everyone when it’s finished. More excited to get back to WA and visit all the super humans I have met.
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Had the BEST day training with @instructor.daz ...it’s no secret I love #hapkido but it was loads of fun spicing things up with a few little fiery #kravmaga techniques. Daz you’re an inspiration and I love your commitment to empowering women with you

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When we join forces to drive change good things happen. The nurse and the martial artist LIVE on ABC Kimberly talking about tackling the big issues that impact our communities  #teamgamechnagers I am loosing my voice but croaked my way through with a lot of help from my 2 amigos @kyupproject @sandra_guzzi @undarrka
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When we join forces to drive change good things happen. The nurse and the martial artist LIVE on ABC Kimberly talking about tackling the big issues that impact our communities #teamgamechnagers I am loosing my voice but croaked my way through with a

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Never let it be said I don’t know how to make  a spectacular entrance in Bidyadanga! On arrival today I tripped over a footy, fell flat on my ass in front of all the kids and then I swallowed a fly! Feel like it’s still stuck in my throat. 
It’s hard to describe the magic of working with these kids. Even harder to put into words how much we have to learn from our first peoples. I was schooled by the girls in Bidyadanga time! their patience and pride in sharing their culture with me was an honour. The girls broke through their fears and when they thought they couldn’t, they did. Thank you @smaifitness for these amazing board and @sandra_guzzi for going above and beyond to make this trip happen. #worthit
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Never let it be said I don’t know how to make a spectacular entrance in Bidyadanga! On arrival today I tripped over a footy, fell flat on my ass in front of all the kids and then I swallowed a fly! Feel like it’s still stuck in my throat. It’s hard

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Day 2. Minyirr, a sacred and spiritual area in Minyirr Buru. Learning about song cycles and the beginning of human history. Simply in awe of this landscape and stories of the people. Fascinated by the little things, the red dust called pindan, the flies ( they don’t fly away!) the cyclone proof houses and the trees and plants. Day only half over... my mind racing with ideas for the kids tomorrow. One more sleep to Bidgyadanga ️
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Day 2. Minyirr, a sacred and spiritual area in Minyirr Buru. Learning about song cycles and the beginning of human history. Simply in awe of this landscape and stories of the people. Fascinated by the little things, the red dust called pindan, the fl

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So I couldn’t ask for a better start to #kyupproject adventure in Broome with @sandra_guzzi  Meeting with local artist Sammy and viewing her beautiful work - do yourself and go check out her work  @nimunburr_creations @redcrossau
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So I couldn’t ask for a better start to #kyupproject adventure in Broome with @sandra_guzzi Meeting with local artist Sammy and viewing her beautiful work - do yourself and go check out her work @nimunburr_creations @redcrossau

We laughed. We cried. We craughed (laughed and cried at the same time) and we kicked ass! A huge thank you @communitynorthernbeaches for hosting the @kyupproject Mother’s and Daughters Self Worth and Self Defence workshop. Full house, full hearts ️ thank you to our volunteers and generous sponsors @smaifitness and Lizunova Fine Jewels  https://www.lizunova.com/products/strong-bracelet and glam squad @adristyling @lisarushskinclinic @sassandbide
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We laughed. We cried. We craughed (laughed and cried at the same time) and we kicked ass! A huge thank you @communitynorthernbeaches for hosting the @kyupproject Mother’s and Daughters Self Worth and Self Defence workshop. Full house, full hearts ️ t

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We lost a good one! Former Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke passes at age 89. 
Bec and I met Bob once and had a few drinks with Hawkey and his daughters at the wake of his ex wife Hazel Hawke. Bob’s daughter gifted my daughter a piece of Hazels cross stitch work. It’s unsurprising the media is full of stories of Hawkey’s contribution and kind heart. He was a prolific letter writer and answered countless letters from children personally. Responsible for Medicare and the setting of national curriculum standards for schools; upgrading of the Technical and Further Education (TAFE) sector; and the establishment of national training and qualification standards.mostly I remember Bob for his working class larrikin nature. He was a smart cookie and man of the people. My favourite Prime Minister. #valebob
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We lost a good one! Former Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke passes at age 89. Bec and I met Bob once and had a few drinks with Hawkey and his daughters at the wake of his ex wife Hazel Hawke. Bob’s daughter gifted my daughter a piece of Hazels c

Leading Women event with special guest @gretelkilleen - a rare opportunity to spend a day hanging with @Adri styling surrounded by strong, capable and intelligent women and made possible by 2 of the kindest, genuine and strongest men I know. Thank you @craig_arnold__  @johneussenofficial for talking the talk and walking the walk! #womenempowerment 
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Leading Women event with special guest @gretelkilleen - a rare opportunity to spend a day hanging with @adri styling surrounded by strong, capable and intelligent women and made possible by 2 of the kindest, genuine and strongest men I know. Thank yo

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Early start and a little #soccermum action. Followed by a long lunch and hang time on the lounge with my Netflix and my babies. Perfect Mother’s Day 2019
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Early start and a little #soccermum action. Followed by a long lunch and hang time on the lounge with my Netflix and my babies. Perfect Mother’s Day 2019

Great Boxing session last night with local boxer Geoff Pickering. Awesome drills and skills in a fun and challenging package. #boxing #hapkido #martialarts #smai #australianhapkidoassociation  #australianhapkido #hapkidomartialarts #northernbeacheshapkido @northernbeacheshapkido
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Great Boxing session last night with local boxer Geoff Pickering. Awesome drills and skills in a fun and challenging package. #boxing #hapkido #martialarts #smai #australianhapkidoassociation #australianhapkido #hapkidomartialarts #northernbeachesha

Hello Friday. Lets get this show on the road! ️ 🤛
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Hello Friday. Lets get this show on the road! ️ 🤛