Thank-you baby Leo. Your short life left an indelible mark.

 

My friend, Paul Murray and his wife Sian, farewelled their baby, Leo, today.

Paul and Sian are not those lets-hang-out-every-weekend kind of friends, but I've shared a fantastic working relationship with him and one that has extended to joining the pair at Paul's annual 'birthday bowls' arvo; we have a laugh and catch up on the phone and on his talk show desk; and I am usually in awe of his knowledge of just about everything. So you get the picture. He's a genuine pal.

I met Paul in my working world (he's the ridiculously clever bearded guy with a career on Sydney radio and a nightly talk show on Sky News) and I've always been humbled and ever appreciative of the genuine support he gives to everyone around him. Myself included.

Paul and Sian lost their much longed for baby a few weeks ago due to birth complications that I needn't go into. Suffice to say, their last few weeks has been a nightmare of which, I can only imagine, there doesn't seem to be a happy end.

But what I just saw today, at the 'celebration' of Leo's short life - on this sparkling blue day and on warm beach on Sydney's north - was a mix of sympathy, of compassion, unspeakable grief and incredible love.

The Murray's, their family and their friends came together to mark Leo's life, Paul telling us every nuance of their son's being while he and Sian stood in front of an exquisite picture of their son. It was sad. It was powerful. It was love. It was also beautiful.

While so much 'stuff' goes on in everyone's lives, and we make big deals out of not much, this midday tribute to Leo was truly humbling. And, yet again, was something that puts all other menial crap into perspective.

Even though Leo's time on earth was short, and making any sense of why he died is hard, I'm sure everyone there went home and reflected on what really matters. If one of the reasons Leo was put on this earth, even for a finite amount of time, was to snap any of us out of self-importance or complacency, then he has done it and left an indelible mark.

Thank-you exquisite Leo. And let me say, you have really awesome parents too . . . .  #GoYankees . . .

 

(By the way, Paul and Sian said the family has had so much help from the organisations below . . . many who just survive and exist on donations, so if you can, please help them out . . . .

Heartfelt : www.heartfelt.org.au

Humpty Dumpty Foundation :  www.humpty.com.au

NETS  - Newborn & paediatric Emergency Transport Service : www.nets.org.au

PRaMM - Perinatal Research and Maternal Medicine : www.pramm.org.au/pr/site/Home.aspx     )


Action queen Michelle Bridges & BIG W turn fitness into (affordable) fashion . . .

 

Was just having this conversation with some pals yesterday. Sure, we want to start exercising, in some kind of earnest way, but have no idea what to wear without looking like complete and fitness dorks.

Enter the marvellous Michelle Bridges and her super-duper new collection of fitness 'stuff' . . . So popular, it's walking (and running, boom-boom) out the door of Big W stores. And it's only just landed on the racks.

Here is what the collection is all about . . .

'Celebrity personal trainer Michelle Bridges has combined her passion for fitness and years of experience to create a range of fitness apparel, footwear and exercise equipment for BIG W named ONEactive by Michelle Bridges.

“ONEactive was designed with everyONE in mind – whether you’re already in shape or just starting on your fitness journey, if you want to walk, do weights, or dance”, said Michelle.

The ONEactive by Michelle Bridges range features workout apparel that is designed to flatter with pops of vibrant turquoise and coral against black, white and grey. Choose from chic colour contrast details, on-trend cut outs, high performance racer backs and supportive contouring panels.

Michelle said, “One of my favourite tips for kick starting your fitness is to put your workout gear on first thing in the morning - you’ll move quicker. You’ll be more inclined to be more active throughout the day”.

“That’s why the range is designed to be good-looking enough to wear on the school run or the café as well as perform while you work out. And of course, it was important that everything was high quality, but still affordable”, she said.

Each piece is built to perform. From moisture wicking, quick-dry fabrics rich in elastane for mobility and holding their shape, right down to the “seamless” feel flatlock seam detail that creates smooth lines for maximum comfort. It was designed specifically to flatter women of different body shapes, with styles in sizes 8-16 and 18-26, and priced between $15.95 and $35. Footwear in coordinating colours is available from just $30.

“Because circuit training is one of the best ways to get in shape the range can make up a simple circuit at home. Having it right there means it’s ready to go when you are – no excuses - and each piece comes with a DVD of me showing you how to use it for maximum results,” said Michelle.

For store locations phone 1300 244 999 or visit www.bigw.com.au '

 


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