Jess & Dave
Thanks for stopping by and taking some time to find out who we are. We like to lead an open life and share with you all what happens in our day to day life and it means the world to us that you are here right now.
I was quite fortunate growing up having a lot of opportunities to be healthy and active. Health and fitness has always been a huge part of my life. I was an active kid growing up and was part of many team sports which has shown me the importance of being part of a supportive and encouraging team.
I left home at 18 and started off my professional career at uni with a Bachelor of Accounting/Business. I worked at an Accounting Firm here in Bendigo for 5 years as an Auditor. It was clear to me, this wasn't where my passion lied and it was my MS diagnosis in 2015 that highlighted this for me.
I took an opportunity to change my career path, to work for an amazing Graphic Design company which freed up so much more time for me to follow my passion. Work on something for me, something that really sparked a lot of joy in my life!
I studied with Changing Habits to be a Functional Nutrition Coach and then complimented this with further studies to be a Health & Wellness Coach where we focus on supporting others to create healthy habit and behaviour changes in their lives, just like I've done in mine. Helping others achieve amazing things in their life is exactly what I am meant to be doing and absolutely love!
My story goes far beyond this (Multiple Sclerosis, Infertility, Miscarriages) but for every challenge I have faced (with Dave) I have grown so much stronger and resilient for it! If you would like to learn more, check out our Blogs or reach out and open up that conversation.
My ultimate goal is to truly Thrive and be happy within myself and love the choices I make and the way they make me feel. Life is meant to be fun and feel good!
I am the lucky guy who married the most amazing women in the world! To this day, I still consider that to be my greatest achievement.
For most of my life, I've had a strong interest in health and fitness. It has shaped my life, my hobbies and my career.
In my more recent days, since hitting my 30's, I have naturally started to prioritise and focus on my health and wellbeing as a whole. Moving away from just exercise and diet to more of a well rounded approach where every aspect of my life is considered to be just as important as the next.
Focussing on my own health and wellbeing has improved my life immensely and has taken me down some pretty cool paths.
Starting my professional life out as a Personal Trainer in busy suburbs of Melbourne, I learnt a lot about working towards goals, changing behaviours and how different approaches to change can result in completely different outcomes. I enjoyed it and still love training myself and others to this day.
While continuing with Personal Training, I ventured back to regional Victoria to continue my studies as a Health & Physical Education Teacher with a minor in Social Work. While studying, I jumped straight into a social work gig, working with at risk youth. This was where I developed my passion for truely listening and helping other people overcome their struggles and grow from their experiences.
Since finishing my degree 7 years ago, I have been working as a Primary School PE teacher and have continued my studies in Health & Wellness Coaching with Wellness Coaching Australia. And you guessed it, as we have learnt and grown, so has Thriving Lifestyles.
We are proud of what we do! Sharing our lives and our experiences and helping others create their own, the way they want it to be.
Our health, fitness and wellbeing is there to be enjoyed. We are on a journey to keep finding things that makes us feel good and helps us live a healthy, active lifestyle.
Thriving Lifestyles represents a movement of healthy living that aspires to help you create your own healthy lifestyle that works for you, on your terms, your way!
We help you to make small changes that shape your lifestyle the way you want it to be. Celebrating the process of thriving, rather than the fast attained and quickly lost results that many of us strive for.
Thriving Lifestyles has a core focus on improving the life that we already have. To work with what we've been given and turn it into something that we can be proud of and excited to get up out of bed for!
We help you discover what a healthy lifestyle means to you, and support you to achieve it.
We believe that everyone's answers are already within them, we help women that are struggling to find those answers to figure them out themselves and get the results they deserve! No one should feel tired, crappy, frustrated, lethargic, stressed, unmotivated or unhappy every day, yet many do! Which is why we are creating this movement, and why we want you to jump on board too.
Thriving Lifestyles is not a challenge or a 'short term solution'. It's a movement of healthy living that's founded on what works for you!
Let's create your healthy lifestyle!