Mary Mann Mary is co-founder of Breathe Inspiration Journal. She writes regularly for the website across a range of topics and is particularly interested in self-healing through connecting with nature. Mary holds a Bachelor of Media and a Master of Publishing and Editing. She spent some time as a newspaper journalist in northern New South Wales before moving to Melbourne, where she works in architecture/design magazine publishing. Growing up in the Byron Bay hinterland left Mary with a love for bare feet and sunshine. She has a soft spot for animals – especially ugly ones – and has been a vegetarian since she was eleven years old. She practices yoga and meditation, and can’t bear to be away from the coast for too long. Mary hopes that Breathe Inspiration Journal will encourage people to get to know themselves a little better, in just the way that her work on Breathe enables her to explore more of herself. She knows that through self-exploration we can find meaning and purpose, and be inspired to live more mindfully and compassionately.
  • How to get to sleep A lot of my conversations lately – with friends, colleagues and strangers – have found their way to the topic of sleep (or lack of it). It seems almost everyone I talk to is having trouble finding their way to dreamland. I’ve had times in my life when I have struggled to sleep. Years ago, […] No responses February 8, 2016
  • 20 ways to get unstuck We all get a little stuck sometimes. We might be living a “successful” life and meeting all its demands, but at the same time feel that something is not quite right. It’s easy to get so caught up in the past-pace of life that we forget why we are working so hard, what we really […] No responses November 6, 2015
  • Finding stillness and strength in prayer How taking the time to pray, even if you’re not religious, can help you slow down and find clarity, gratitude and wellbeing Recently I’ve been making an effort to improve my thought patterns and just generally focus on my mental and emotional wellbeing. And while things like yoga classes, reading, journaling and going to the gym […] No responses November 6, 2015
  • Empowering our girls, no princesses required “Of course beautiful girls and women can be strong and powerful, but let’s celebrate them for the strength and power rather than pinpointing their beauty as their most admirable trait.” – Samantha Turnbull   Author Samantha Turnbull chats with Breathe about her “anti-princess” quest, her experiences with sexism, play choices for children and her book series. […] One response October 10, 2015
  • Grief, gratitude and life’s meaning When I was a child, I would often write letters to friends and family telling them how much I loved them and describing all the things I was grateful for. I’d start with, “If you’re reading this, it’s probably because I’ve died, but I wanted you to know how much I appreciate you…” I never […] No responses September 20, 2015
  • 7 ways to get more out of your weekend It can often seem like we spend our entire working week longing for our days off, counting down to an idealised time when we will “feel super happy and relaxed, have so much fun, be mega productive and feel more alive!” Only to get to Sunday evening and realise the weekend is over and we […] No responses September 19, 2015
  • 6 ways to soothe a restless mind Is your mind constantly racing? Do you find it hard to focus while awake, or difficult to switch off and get to sleep at night? Maybe you feel anxious and confused after spending time with certain people? We can all find ourselves overwhelmed by messy thinking. These six tips will help you find quiet and […] 2 responses September 14, 2015
  • Overcoming the pain of being bullied Struggling with bullying, depression and self-harm, university student Riannon Murray focused her energies on helping others in a bid to heal herself. You’re sitting in class and balls of paper are being thrown at your head. The “cool” boy behind you leans forward, sniffs loudly and proclaims that you smell like fried chicken. After school […] No responses September 13, 2015
  • 10 ways to harness the healing power of water I’m standing in the kitchen and there’s a lump in my throat. I can barely breathe. I’ve just got home from work and suddenly everything I’m being challenged by at this point in my life seems too much. All the times I told myself “everything will work out,” all the held-in tears, the deep breaths […] No responses September 13, 2015
  • A mother’s journey through grief After losing her two-month-old baby to an extremely rare genetic disorder, Megan McQuilty felt surrounded by darkness. But amidst the pain, she has discovered a freedom to express herself, and wants to let other bereaved parents know there is no right or wrong way to grieve. When Megan McQuilty told her daughter that her baby […] No responses September 13, 2015