I am so incredibly grateful to be sharing not one but TWO soul sisters today – actual sisters – Ashleigh (right) and Kaitlyn Davidson. These two beautiful girls are not only World Fitness and Fashion Show (WBFF) contenders, bikini models and health and fitness advocates, but they live and breathe the idea that optimum wellbeing is aligning mind, body and soul.
These sisters are so inspiring, and both have incredible stories to share – Ashleigh is passionate about helping shift workers maintain a healthy lifestyle through her role as an emergency services worker, and Kaitlyn is openly sharing her recovery from anorexia on social and mainstream media.
A soul sister to me is….
A: Someone who supports, uplifts, encourages and pushes you to be the best you can be. They are there for you when life is great but also there to pick you up when you are down and never turn their back on you. A soul sister doesn’t judge and is someone who makes you a better person for knowing them. They are someone who believes in the power of positivity and believes in empowering other women, not competing with them.
K: Your backbone. Someone who supports you through thick and thin. They have a positive influence and motivate you because they only want what’s best for you. It’s about being empowered by each other and having a like-minded outlook on life where you both want nothing more than to see the other achieve their goals and aspirations.
My favourite things to do with my soul sisters are…
A: I love doing activities that treat the body, mind and soul. It may be getting out in nature for a walk, doing a yoga class, training together or something different like a fitness expo. When I’m with my soul sisters, especially my actual sister Kaitlyn, even doing everyday activities are fun.
K: Generally anything. My soul sister is definitely my real sister Ashleigh and it doesn’t matter if we are training together, relaxing at the beach or doing house work together. Time with her is so valuable to me because time is the one thing that you can’t get back so I am thankful for the moments we spend together.
How do you maintain quality friendships with so much on?
A: I am a strong believer in having good time management skills in order to get the most out of like so I like to make future plans with friends that involve activities that make us feel good! It gives me something to look forward too and feeds the soul. It’s awesome when you find other like-minded friends who want to empower each other and live life to the fullest.
K: It comes down to priorities. Everyone is busy so I make sure that I prioritise time to spend with those people I cherish. I think it’s really important to maintain quality friendships so I make sure that I am present when spending time together. I am a big believer for not being on my phone when with people, I think this is important to be in the moment and shows that you respect the time they are giving.
What are your favourite traits that your soul sisters have?
A: My number one soul sister, my actual sister, empowers me, understands how I’m feeling and is generally concerned about my well-being. A soul sister is someone you can open up to without judgement and is there to listen, provide advice and support you no matter what.
K: Someone who is kind, understanding, supportive and fun. Everyone has their own goals and life is busy, so when you find a person/people that respect each other’s lives and make the time for one another it goes a long way and those friendships are so valuable to me.
What makes your soul light up?
A: Hanging out with other beautiful girls who empower, positively impact and when you leave them you feel like your soul has been reignited. Being able to help, motivate and inspire others is also an amazing feeling, when I have girls telling me I have inspired them to live a healthier life I feel so joyous. I love setting challenges for myself and accomplishing them, there is no greater satisfaction than reaching your goals! I love how social media has created a platform where I can meet like minded people such as Instagram (@ashleighelise) as well as in real life weather that’s through work or fitness related events that are run through ASN Castle Hill, who I am an ambassador for. I recently met some beautiful people undertaking the ASN 10 Week Body Challenge and it was inspiring hearing why they want to make a change and helping them take those first steps to a positive life for themselves and those around them.
K: Being able to give back. Weather that be to a stranger, family or closest friend, being able to put a smile on someone’s face or know that you have helped them in some way definitely makes my soul light up.
What causes are you supporting at the moment?
A: I am very passionate about helping shift workers maintain a healthy lifestyle. I see so many who want to make healthy and positive changes but just don’t seem to have the tools to be able to. Having a stressful it can be easy to let it get to you and make poor lifestyle choices as a result. I love being able to positively impact peoples lives by showing them how to time manage properly in order to be able to live a positive life.
K: I have recently had the opportunity to give back through sharing my journey of recovery from anorexia. Being able to help others through my experience has been the most fulfilling and rewarding experience to date. I openly share my journey through my Instagram page (@kaitlynmaree_x) and will continue to take any opportunity that arises that can help others. I am currently working with The Butterfly Foundation assisting with their national campaign which I am really passionate about and helping to raise awareness of a topic that isn’t spoken about enough.
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