The Heart of An Olympian

Every four years we sit our selves down in our VIP seats known as our couch and we watch the stories of great triumph and terrible defeat that take place known as he Olympics. Those montages moves us to tears and cause us to cheer with for athletes who have endured hardships, overcome struggle and trained their whole life just for a chance at the gold. With fists’ clenched we sit on edge as the track races are off, sit in awe of the graceful gymnast routines and yell as the swimmers swim with all their might, reaching for the coveted prize. As I watched several interviews leading up and heard stories of past successes, it dawned on me that there was a commonality amongst these athletes, an Olympic spirit. It got me thinking that we all have dreams and goals in our lives, and though we may never compete in the world’s top prize, we too can posses the same spirit that causes these athletes to thrive!

What is your spirit like? What are the thoughts that replay in your mind daily? Are they that of a champion or are they of defeat and discouragement? The Olympics have a set of values that they instill and promote amongst those who compete. I found these to be quite inspiring and certainly if applied in one’s daily life, could make an incredible difference.

The first value reads “Respect; fair play; knowing one’s own limits; and taking care of one’s health and the environment”. Having an Olympic spirit is about being healthy in everything sphere of life; mindset, relationships, physically and even spiritually. You have to know your limits but you can never discover them unless you are applying yourself, expanding yourself. We watch in amazement as these athletes display such accomplishment, yet it doesn’t come easy. It is only with hard work, investment, focus, discipline and sacrifice that dreams are achieved.

Next there is Excellence – ‘how to give the best of oneself, on the field of play or in life’; taking part; and progressing according to one’s own objectives. Carl Lewis said recently in an interview with Oprah that he was always competing with perfection. Talk about a high standard, yet it was what he chose as his measure. It is easy to compete against another but this is like grasping at the wind; you will never outdo everyone in everything. Set goals that you can push yourself towards and don’t settle for sloppy seconds. Having the frame of mind that you and your family is worthy of the best; whatever that may look like. This is a great place start. If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.

Finally friendship – ‘how, through sport, to understand each other despite any differences’. A true champion must be that of a friend. So often it would seem that in order to get ahead, climb the corporate ladder or achieve your goals that you must walk over others, use them as a stepping stone or leave them in the dust. However, the Olympics teach us a true winner is one who values friendship; celebrate the wins of others, rejoicing with those rejoice and weeping with those who weep. In addition to celebrate diversity and regardless of gender, religion or race that in the end, we are all human. Brothers and sisters sharing a planet, spurring each other on to be their best. You may never win a gold medal, never cross a finish line or ever stand on a podium. Yet each day you live, you run a race with an audience cheering you on. You might not ever be an Olympian but you can always choose to have the heart of one.



GetRealLive with To Write Love on Her Arms. Listen on demand here.

GetRealLive  was honoured to host special guest Jamie Tworkowski, CEO of To Write Love on Her Arms. To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.  TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

Tonight as Jamie spoke, the chat room filled up with people who shared their own battles with depression and self harm. The ‘Thank you’s’ poured in as many would say that TWLOHA ‘saved their life’. The conversation was open and real as people continued to reveal their own personal struggles looking for hope and support.

I was reminded of a scene in the movie ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ where the young boy was dealing with self inflicting. For many this was an introduction to this struggle, but sadly for many young people this was all to familiar and relatable. Jamie shared the origins of  TWLOHA  and retells the story of Renee, an inspirational girl behind this amazing movement. It’s a story not to be paraphrased so jump here to read ; it will certainly inspire you!

Studies indicate that two out of three people struggle with depression and never seek help and  untreated depression is the known as the leading cause of suicide. In America alone, it’s estimated that 19 million people live with depression, and suicide is the third-leading cause of death among those 15-24 years old. TWLOHA arms has been a major voice on this topic and has spread the message of hope using creative T-shirts and accessories designed for guys and girls. Proceeds from these items are a main source of support for the organization.

Later in the show we had Dr. George Pratt join the conversation and break this all down for us. He provided more understanding behind this and even offered solutions. In his book, ‘Code to Joy‘, Dr. Pratt unveils steps in how people can fight depression and work towards a life of happiness.

This show is a must listen for everyone! It will open your eyes and bring light to a conversation that has only just begun.

If you listened to the show and want to share how you have been impacted we would love to hear from you!! You can email us at GetRealLive is all about connecting, educating and entertaining and is committed to sharing the stories that matter.

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Summer Holidays- Remember to Pack Your Brain


Summer is here and people are in full summer holiday mode. Enter the sunshine and time off work and let the fun begin. Let’s face it! Summer is awesome. It’s the season of BBQ’s, lazy afternoons, road trips, camping expeditions and more. All year people work hard living in the routine of 9-5, planning dinner meals and getting to bed on regimented schedules. It is understandable why everyone looks forward to these well-deserved breaks celebrating with late nights, long sleep ins and lots of sitting around by the pools.

However, make sure when you are packing for your vacation that you don’t forget to pack your brain! It is so easy to become to distracted and lose focus during the holidays. We forget about all those great decisions we have been making throughout the year such as healthy eating habits and exercise regimes. The excuse of, “Its summer and I am on holidays’ seems to trump everything. We submit to the powers of another ice cream, that cheeseburger and those tasty potato chips! The campfire sing along starts and out comes the sugary drinks, salty snacks and more. All in the name of summer.

Now no one wants to be a Debby Downer and it’s understood that life has got to be enjoyed. However, all the progress one has achieved and worked hard for hopefully is not lost and destroyed by the blinding sun. Enjoying the holidays and living the summer up must happen, but don’t check your brain at the door. Pack it with you and make smart choices while you vacation. You body will thank you when you get home.

Here are some quick tips to consider;

  1. Keep your goals in mind– Don’t forget all the hard work you have put in up until this point. Going to much the other way will mean even bigger sacrifices once the fall arrives.
  2. Stay focused– Staring at the sun can be blinding. Keep your goals in front of you and don’t be distracted by the light.
  3. Reward yourself in moderation– Enjoy all those fun summer treats but make sure they are surrounded by healthy choices as well.
  4. Have healthy snacks on hand– People often reach for what is available. Think ahead and have healthy munchies for beach time or sitting around the campfire.

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Off The Grain- How Kerri Kenny healed her body


They say you are what you eat. For Kerri Kenny it was a childhood full of weight gain, migraines, hypoglycaemic, allergies and high cortisol. With much research, Kerri actively pursued how she could heal her own body naturally using the empower of nutrition. With much study and education, Kerri learned the secret to overcoming her aliments by changing what she would eat and discovered how to live a life transformed, simply by eating the right foods and removing the wrong ones.

Kerri joined GetRealLive to discuss her personal journey and what she has learned in the years since. Off the Grain is the website where Kerry posts information, recipes and information regarding a life free of grains and processed sugars. On her website Kerri shares,  ‘I hope for this site to be a great resource centre for everyone interested in healthy eating, grain-free cooking, sugar-free baking and overall real-food eating. I know first hand the struggle to find these interesting ingredients needed to sustain such a diet – though I hate calling it a diet – I’d rather call it a lifestyle.’

You can listen to the our chat with Kerri below on demand or download from iTunes. Keep up with GetRealLive on Facebook and Twitter and listen LIVE weekdays at 9:30am Mtn/ 8:30 Pac. Join the conversation because Life is Boring without you!

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GetRealLive and SHE

June 28 brought the Ladies out for a fun night out at SHE Apparel. The Ladies all shopped as they enjoyed Champagne, Sushi, desserts and more. Recently GetRealLive did a feature episode called, “Whats going on under there’ as we searched for underwear that would make a difference. This led us to SHE where Susan was personally fitted for a Bra by one of SHE’s expert Bra Smiths. It turns out that Susan was wearing the wrong Bra and not only was it making her look bigger than she was but also not providing enough support causing back strain and stress on her shoulders. Since her conversion Susan is walking with new confidence looking and feeling great.

Susan didn’t want to keep this secret to herself so GetRealLive teamed up with SHE and extended an invite for other woman to experience this and there was no better way to discover that new Bra than to throw a party!! The ladies brought their girls and one by one were personally fitted and were transformed by this experience.

GetRealLive wants to thank SHE, The Trop Bar and Grill, Moksha Yoga and Joy Drop for contributing to the night and thank all those who attended.

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Chef Andre Stops By to Help Us With Father’s Day Menus

Today on GetRealLive we had our favorite Chef, Andre Carthen drop in and help us figure out a great Father’s Day Menu. This helped me out a lot because my hubby, who is a total foodie, decided that since the Japanese Restaurant of his choice isn’t open this Sunday…. he would like to eat at home. When he said this I instantly thought, “I have to talk to Andre’. How was I ever going to please my hubby’s extraordinary palate with some of the ‘norms’ that I have been creating. I needed to pull out the gold and dazzle him with some new and exciting treats that would stimulate any seasoned and knowledgeable foodie.

So, with Andre in the mix I have a few options that I know will please my hubby. Also, these are things the kids can get involved in, which is really fun. Below are a few suggestions for Father’s Day and other events. To hear more, click on the media player and listen to today’s show:

Mini Cheese Cakes * Pulled Pork Sliders * Roasted Red Pepper Soup * Mini Chipoltle Cupcakes

These are just some of the ideas that Andre shared with us. Additionally, because my hubby loves shell fish we will have a crab and lobster fiesta happening throughout the day. I asked Andre for some new and exciting sides for our shellfish and he suggested a curried coleslaw with sun raisins. Ooooohhhhh Good!

Needless to say, the panic I was experiencing when my hubby first suggested Father’s Day lunch at home has now subsided. A conversation with Andre on GetRealLive always makes a difference. I am now armed and ready to create a Father’s Day to remember but first I’m hosting a ‘Mumma Needs Wine Night’ this Thursday. This night is all about us Mum’s celebrating the end of the school year, who knows maybe we will sit around a firepit and burn brown paper lunch bags in celebration (just kidding but not a bad idea). Then on Friday night I have 13 – 11 year old boys at my house for a Paintball/Sleepover Birthday for my son. What next? Oh yes, the following weekend we have my 7 year old’s Art Birthday Party………

All I can say today is THANK THE LORD ALMIGHTY for my Friend and Go to Man when it comes to Food and Entertaining, CHEF ANDRE CARTHEN.

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Red Thai Curry

Okay, for all of you who follow us regularly and who LOVE our ‘tried & true’ GetRealLive Recipes, this one will NOT disappoint.

Barry Crocker Jr. and his lovely family are some of our closest friends and whenever we are together one thing is for sure…. we will EAT! We love getting together and it’s always a food explosion, whether it be Philip’s famous Seafood Nights complete with freshly shucked oysters, Crab and Lobster and usually a bucket o’ clams, Barry’s delicious Chicken Burgers (I promise I will get that recipe from him….) or our GetRealLive fav Bill Grangers Caramel Chicken food when we are together NEVER disappoints. This coupled with years of family memories, kids growing up, challenges in life, the highs and the lows and then, of course, everything in between. With all of this, we consider the Crocker family one of our nearest and dearest and a safe place for all of us.

So, without much more I want to share this video with you, Barry has not only shared the recipe but he’s taken the time to share it via video for our family, friends, readers, listeners and followers to enjoy. I promise that once you have this, you won’t regret it and you (like myself) will crave it. Also, your kids will enjoy it and the moment the scent begins to travel through your home, your kitchen will have a gravitational pull that simply can’t be denied. It’s perfect to serve guests as well and you will dazzle them with your culinary brilliance. Additionally, it keeps well so leftovers are perfect.

Enjoy friends and thanks Barry for doing this and believing in GetRealLive. For those of you in LA if you want to see more of Barry, check out Hope Church Santa Monica where he and Suzie his wife Pastor a vibrant and very relevant Church. His three gorgeous children are there as well and over the years, they have been some of the most beautiful influences in my children’s lives. Explaining that to you really sums up the story of GetRealLive ~ we are all about building extraordinary families, developing relationships and strengthening the communities we live in. Trust me LA friends, if we were there, we’d be at Hope Church Santa Monica.

Caramel Chicken – Bill Granger

After many requests I have decided to post this recipe. I can’t take any credit for finding it, however, indulging in it and enjoying every bite, I can!!! This recipe was found by on of my closest friends who is a known domestic Goddess,  Samantha Cosatto. The origins of this recipe are from one of GetRealLive favourite chefs, the one and only….  Bill Granger. We have a few favorites at GetRealLive and Jamie Oliver and Bill Granger are two of our tops!

The recipe Caramel Chicken and it is simply delish. Your family and friends will love this and as a reminder, we want to let you know that all of our recipes are tried, true and tested by GetRealLive families and friends.

Caramel Chicken by Bill Granger
8 Chicken thigh fillets, skinless chopped in half
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 red onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves, sliced
freshly ground black pepper
60ml (1/4 cup) dark soy sauce
115g (1/2 cup) brown sugar
60ml (1/4 cup) fish sauce

Place the chicken and oil in a large bowl and toss to combine. Heat a large frying pan over a high heat until hot. Add the chicken, in two batches, and cook for 2 minutes on one side until lightly brown, turn and cook for another minute. Remove from the pan. Reduce the heat to medium and add a little extra oil if needed. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Return the chicken to the pan, sprinkle liberally with black pepper, add the soy sauce and stir to combine. Cover the pan, reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase the heat to high, add the sugar and stir to combine. Cook uncovered for 3 to 4 minutes, for until the sauce is rich, dark and syrupy. Add the fish sauce and stir to combine. Place in a serving dish and serve with steamed rice and green vegetables.

Serve with steamed rice and green vegies.

Green Vegies:

You can either steam these or lightly stir fry in a tablespoon of oil and garlic – either way tastes great. Be adventurous with your veggies there is more to life than green beans, frozen peas and iceberg lettuce.

To make life easy for you and to take the headache out of meal planning we have included a shopping list for this meal (we will do this for all of our meal recipes). All you need to do is simply cut, paste, print and away you go to the shops armed with everything you need for a healthy, substantial meal that will make you look like a total legend at home.

Grocery List:
8 Chicken thighs
1 red onion
1 bulb of garlic
Dark soy sauce (if you’ve run out)
Fish sauce (this is a great ingredient to have on hand – it’s becoming more and more popular so don’t hesitate to buy. It keeps in the fridge for sometime).
Broccoli (Chinese or normal – Chinese is the long skinny one)
Snow peas
Baby Bok Choy

Enjoy and remember to share this with friends…everything tastes better when it’s shared.