You see that’s exactly how I felt for most of my life.  As a model, I travelled the world for 18 years searching for happiness and what I have come to realise is that I was looking for it in all the wrong places.

I used to think that my happiness would come from my next big job, relationship or indeed party I attended but what I soon discovered was that I was always looking outside of myself when what I really needed was inside me all along.

For many years I had spiritual teachers telling me to look within and I generally became frustrated because I had no idea what they meant.

Having spent my life running, when I became a mum, I simply couldn’t run anymore as someone else depended on me and I had to face my problems. I suffered from postnatal depression and during my journey back to full health,  I discovered that my years of escaping from life through any means possible was simply not going to work anymore.

When I reached this point, I also had nothing left materialistically so I began to look within and I have never looked back.

Something truly incredible happened to me one day when I was sitting on my old childhood bed back in my Mum’s house. I was a scared, broke and a single mum and even though I didn’t know which way to go,  I experienced a shift like never before.

In today’s world we all succumb to valuing material wealth. As I sat there though I had a sudden realisation that while I had never had less I had actually never had more.”

I felt genuinely content and happy for the first time, like a big weight had been lifted off my shoulders, which I realised made me rich – rich beyond my wildest dreams.

I was determined to figure out how to hang onto that feeling forever.

BECOMPLETE

is about joining the dots with our health and wellbeing and truly understanding that we need to stop treating different aspects of ourselves separately. Our mind, body and spirit are connected and they all affect each other.  If one is out of balance, the others are too.

We all need to find our own level of balance and harmony that works for us as we are all individuals with different needs.

BE COMPLETE is about having the confidence to follow your dreams and believe in yourself. Small changes make a big difference and it’s never too late to follow your dreams no matter what anyone tells you.

Most importantly BE COMPLETE is about giving yourself the permission to love yourself and practice self care. Because if I have learnt one thing on this journey, it’s that self care is not selfish.  It’s the most selfless thing you can do.

After years of heartache and pain, today I feel strong, healthy and happy and at last at 37 I’m finally really comfortable in my own skin.

I love life and every day excites me. I feel truly blessed to watch my son grow and be surrounded by people I love. I’m working towards my dreams and really enjoying each step of the way. I’ve pushed through fears and you can too. I’m not saying it’s easy but I am saying it’s worth it.

Every day I’m inspired by others and this website aims to inspire, motivate and encourage you to be the best possible you that you can be.

So join me on this adventure called life. get in touch as I’d love to hear from you and please feel free to comment and share.
You will find articles on parenting, health, nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, meditation, beauty and much more. I’ll also be asking some of my contributors to share their inspirational stories because each one of us is truly inspirational in our own way.

PROFESSIONAL BIO

Alison Canavan is one of Ireland’s most successful international models and in recent years has become one of Ireland’s foremost parenting, health and wellbeing specialists. Alison’s writing career started with her Mothering Diary in Ireland’s VIP Magazine for over 4 years and she now writes a parenting column for The Daily Mail and a travel column for The Mail on Sunday. She regularly contributes to various TV and radio shows on parenting issues as well as beauty, health and wellbeing.

She has travelled the country with her own 0 To Toddler shows. She is as an ambassador
for Honda, through which she has hosted “An evening with Alison Canavan and Friends” around the country for the past few years covering topics like beauty, fashion, parenting, nutrition and much more.

Alison’s interest in nutrition began in 2009 when she started studying Fitness Nutrition Coaching under NESTA (National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association), in the United States. She has just graduated with distinction in Nutrition and Health Coaching from Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health (IINH), where she is continuing her studies in Nutritional Science and Therapeutics.

She also holds a diploma in PR, Marketing and Sales management from DBS and has studied business in The National College of Ireland NCI.

Alison has become a much sought after motivational speaker and regularly does talks on health and wellbeing, as well as motivational talks for Mums. She recently lectured in Trinity College on the module of Motherhood and Mental Health. She delivers talks on stress in the workplace to CEO’s and business leaders across the country and in June 2014 she chaired and spoke at the first ever Barnardos Parental Mental Health Conference in Ireland at Croke Park.

Alison is a popular MC for launches and events. She regularly judges Ladies’ Days across Ireland. She is available for brand ambassadorships and continues to model both at home and internationally.

HISTORY:

Alison was catapulted onto the international stage at the tender age of 15 when she represented Ireland in the Supermodel of the World competition in Las Vegas and had the privilege of presenting ‘Entertainment TV’ for the event. This has spawned a near 22 year career in the fashion industry, which has taken her to the main fashion capitals of London, Paris, Milan and New York and as far around the world as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. After spending 7 years in London she moved to New York where she was based for 8 years working all over the US. Her career diversified into TV, Film, and voice-over work and most recently into writing. There, she worked with renowned voice and dialect coach to the stars, Sam Chwat as well as many other great teachers.

Alison’s CV includes the prestigious Lux Soap Packaging Worldwide Campaign, Organics Hair TV Commercial, L’Oreal US campaign and commercials for Maxwell House, Bank of Portugal, Braun, Cadbury Aero, Paramount Pictures to name but a few. She has also done photo shoots for many designers and catalogues worldwide and featured on a variety of magazine covers She has appeared in numerous music videos including Boyzone and Wet, Wet, Wet. Alison has graced the runways worldwide for such renowned clients as Hermes, La Croix, Rochas, Paul Costelloe, John Rocha, Nicole Fahri, Hussein Chaylan, Hugo Boss, Episode, Marks and Spencer, BHS, Harrods, Selfridges, The Clothes Show, Igedo, Dorothy Perkins, Top Shop, and L.K. Bennett, among others. She has also made featured appearances at the British Fashion Awards and the British High Street Fashion Awards.
Her abilities in front of camera, along with her people skills has led to appearances in productions/movies such as ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, ‘Ugly Betty’, ‘Let Me Out’(US) and ‘The Matrix’. Alison has been interviewed live on many programmes such as the Late Late Show (Ireland), Off The Rails (Ireland), The Afternoon Programme (Ireland), Entertainment TV (U.S), Good Morning America (U.S) and Clothes Show (UK).

Alison is a passionate humanitarian and spent time in Calcutta with Goal founder John O’Shea in 2006. Her current charitable focus sees her donating her time and services to charities for children including Barnardos and Make A Wish. She is also the current Ambassador for Walk in My Shoes alongside Adam Clayton and Brent Pope, which is a national awareness and fundraising campaign empowering people across Ireland with mental health difficulties.

Alison returned home to Ireland 2010. During her pregnancy she was the Face of Mothercare, featured in several Pregnancy publications and presented a series of pregnancy diaries on TV3’s Ireland AM. She was recently interviewed again on the Late Late show with Ryan Tubridy and has appeared on The Health of the Nation on RTE as well as many others. Her main focus is education and information drawing on the difficulties she herself has experienced over the past few years. Her message is one of positivity and hope. She believes that with passion and determination anything is possible. For more information please Contact Me