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What Do You Do To Be Beautiful Inside And Out For V-Day?

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang on behalf of the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation

Okay. I have a confession to make. It’s somewhat mortifying, actually and Dad if you’re reading this (he does) you’d better stop now. You’re not going to like it.

It’s going to get girly.

You see, I am kind of a girly girl, for a sporty one at least. I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing more fear-inducing than knowing that a summery beach-type event is coming up (or a special night out like Valentine’s Day tonight) and that you have extra hairs sprouting where they really shouldn’t be.

Nor does anything compel me to diligently squirrel away spare funds like the urgent need to have my dirty brown re-growth re-blond-ed (it’s a word okay!).

Yup, I’ve done it all.

Teeth whitening? Tried it. Spray tans? Hate ’em, but an occasional necessity. Brazilian blowout? On the list of things to try before I die. Boob job? I’m thinking about it.

Occasional massage to balance out all the gym work? Der. Of course.

oh the shame!

But. (And I kind of want to squeeze my eyes shut with shame as I tell you this, but it would make it hard to write). So ugh, here goes –

I am 32 years old and I have had only 2 Pap tests in my life. The last one was about 4 years ago. And I had abnormal cells and had to be re-tested, yet somehow I have managed to forget about this up until a few days ago. 

Oh the shame.

Shame that is not especially helped by the fact that as I write this I have a hair appointment in 4 hours, and yesterday I had my waxing done. Hey – it’s Valentine’s day next week and I’m going to be on holidays. Talk about your double whammy for ‘must look amazing’.

And maybe it’s just me, but when I think about getting ready for a big event I’m as shallow as the next person. Hair, skin, nails, clothes, check. The basics, right? I’m sure with the big day of luuurve coming up you’ve thought about at least one such girly tidy up plan, even if you too have one of those men who claims not to ‘believe’ in Valentine’s Day.*

Actually, as I write this, my assistant Mal has just admitted to me she’s only ever had one Pap test herself. So it’s not just me; which makes me a feel a little better but still not exactly proud of myself.

But here’s something that stopped me in my tracks a little, and motivated this post –

According to the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation, each week about four Australian women lose their lives to cervical cancer. Four mothers, sisters, daughters, friends.

Four women who no doubt made time in their lives for important things like getting their hair done from time to time, having coffee with friends, making sure they looked their best for special events; perhaps on Valentine’s Day 2011. Over 200 women who won’t be here to worry about how they look this Valentine’s Day.

And the really scary part? Over 80% of women diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer have not had Pap tests. And they probably felt fine, as well. Cervical disease or cancer generally takes years to develop, and there are no early symptoms.

let’s get real

We talk about being Woman Incredible and I think I do a pretty good job on this blog and Facebook page of covering what that entails. Fat loss, nutrition, training, heck tons of motivation and mindset stuff. That’s what Woman Incredible is all about; it’s about empowering you to love the life you live and to get the most out of every day.

Something that would be pretty darn tough to do if your days were more numbered than what you always thought they might be. So let’s get real, ’cause I’m willing to guess that although I might be (have been!) one of the laziest at this sort of stuff I’m certainly not the only one to delay or forget about a girly check up.

Actually, recent figures from the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare show that 2.6 million Aussie women are putting off this crucial test, so I know I’m not the only one. Even aside from Mal 🙂

And here’s the thing. Things.

A 2012 Newspoll survey found that nearly half of us have some kind of ‘personal and intimate grooming’ lined up for Valentine’s Day (‘hangs head in shame again’) despite the fact that 40% of us are not having regular Pap tests every two years which we all know we should be doing.

Don’t we?

Here’s something you may not know. (I didn’t). Since the introduction of the National Cervical Screening Program in 1991, the death rate from cervical cancer has almost halved. Testing works ladies! 

So why the heck are we putting it off? I don’t think even I can say it’s the ickiness factor, not with what we all know goes on in a waxing room! And we’re willing to do that at the mere hint of a day at the beach, or a special night out! But clearly we’re still not motivated enough to do what it takes to protect our health; perhaps even our lives.

In preparing for this post I had the opportunity to ask Dr Ginni Mansberg, who is the resident doctor on the Seven Network’s … for her thoughts on why we just can’t seem to get around to facing the Pap (even the word is nose-scrunch worthy!)

Here’s what Dr Ginni had to say, and I love this as I really think she’s nailed what we are all thinking and dreading!

“OK here’s a confession; doctors don’t always make the pap test the good time fun in the sun experience it should be! In fact lots of my patients have horrible flash backs thinking about a painful pap ten years ago! Apologies to every woman who’s ever had a sub optimal experience…. But please coooommmmmeeee baaaccckkkk! Give us another try! These days we have (warmish) plastic speculums and less need for those ouchy brushes being stuck inside the cervix because the testing is better.

The other thing is most women are way too busy. Between work and kids and our generally busy lives, who has time to get a leg wax let alone a pap smear? I get it, but it’s kind of not negotiable! This is about your health and -without wanting to be a drama queen- it can be a matter of life and death.

Plus we don’t diarise it. We get the friendly reminder letter and it gets lost and that’s kind of that. Making it a regular Valentine’s Day special will at least make you remember every February to think about your pap.”

Speaking of which …

Valentine’s Day. Love, romance, tradition … and girly stuff.

Funnily enough, when we do have a Pap test, we seem to take it as seriously as preparing for a romantic night out – in fact, nearly all (97%) of women plan some type of “personal grooming‟ in preparation for their Pap test:

  • 28% organise some form of „downstairs grooming‟ – from a trim or bikini line „tidy up‟ to even a „Brazilian‟
  • 47% will wax, shave or laser their legs
  • 29% make sure they have a morning appointment with their doctor
  • 37% select certain underwear for the occasion
  • 32% plan their wardrobe for the day by wearing certain clothing

Ha, I don’t know if I’d go so far as planning my wardrobe.

But jokes aside, these stats kind of beg the question –

If we spend so much time thinking about how we look on the outside, and even treat our Pap tests similarly to how we treat Valentine’s Day or other special occasions as far as the need for personal grooming when we do have said tests, why on earth is it that we don’t schedule the darn things as often as we know we need to?

here’s what I think

I like the way that Dr Ginni Mansberg, resident doctor on Seven Network‟s Sunrise and Morning Show, puts it. Dr Ginni says this –

“It‟s time for Australian women to treat this precious part of their body with the same level of TLC they lavish on the rest of their body parts; face, skin, hair, fingers and toes! 

Admittedly it’s not as pleasant as a pedicure, a facial, or a body wrap, but a Pap test is as much about looking after yourself as a visit to your beauty therapist or local spa! But most importantly, Pap tests can be life-saving. They are the best way to find the early stages of cervical disease which could one day turn into cancer if left undetected or untreated.”

So let’s get (even more) real. I know that I don’t want to be one of the 80% who are diagnosed with cervical cancer after having not had their checks done. And nor do I any longer want to be one of those girls who claims not to be uber-girly but yet still prioritises bikini or other waxing, hair styling and other personal grooming in the lead up to V-day.

I don’t know about you, but I think this time around Valentine’s Day could be a great day for a tidy up both inside and out. I hope you agree.

This blog post was sponsored by Nuffnang on behalf of the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation.

Don’t forget –

Life is Now. Press Play.

Kat x

P.S.

Rebel.
Upstart.
Fuck the system; screw the rules.
Won’t do what they told me.
Too much.
Unreasonable.
Ridiculous.
Unprofessional.
Crazy!

Should I go on? I could, but I think you get the picture.

You’re the one who is not only not like the other PEOPLE, you’re also not like the other entrepreneurs.

They, they actually think they’re different; non-conformists?! Don’t make me laugh. You and I both see it as it is:

They just wanna be told how to build a pretty little website and a pretty little social media page or three and a pretty little online product or course and get their pretty little headshots and do a pretty little pre-scripted dance all over the internet so that other equally pretty fucking bland and boring and same same-y peoples pay them money,

And they can all sit in a pretty little womans circle together patting each other linking elbows and stroking each others hair and singing Kumbaya as the sun sets over another day of sinking ever deeper into the unremarkableness that is their lives.

They are the ones who are not only willing to jump through hoops, they also want to build more hoops for other people; they want to perpetuate the hoop jumping life and their whole sales pitch is basically some version of “I will help you to have a better and shinier hoop, come see!”

lolol

BUT REALLY.

Meanwhile, you –

You’ve tried the hoop-jumping life, maybe more than what you care to admit. And, whilst you’ve nothing against sitting around with other ladeez and stroking each others hair, you and your girls; the real ones?

You don’t exactly fit in in the typical woman’s circle.

You don’t feel at home with the pretty-preneurs, not even on the internet let alone in real life.

You don’t actually GIVE a fuck about having all your shit perfect,

Polished,

And just so –

And the idea of having sales and marketing and content processes which you have to systematically pre-plan and then work through and endlessly join dots with?

Makes you want to hurl.

Sure –

You’ve bought in at times to do the idea that maybe you DO gotta do it as they say.

An automated webinar, perhaps?? Facebook ads which carefully and smartly tell the world who you are and how you can help? A sales plan proven and tested by the greats. The gradual sinking slow decline of your soul, your joy, your dreams, and even your pussy as everything within you that once knew she could HAVE IT ALL AND DO LIFE HER WAY SLOWLY DRIES,

WITHERS TO NOTHING,

AND DIES?

Sure –

Why not

And look.

It’s not that any of these things are bad or wrong. Maybe right now you’ve got to a certain point by playing by the rules … kind of. Following what ‘logic’ suggests you do. Breaking free here and there with wild little jaunts into over the top madness, noticing how THAT lights you up and also how people respond to it … but ultimately continuing to go back to trying to find the right fucking system to get you to where you want to go,

Because this thing of trying to just be you interspersed with trying to get it all right and make it work, well –

It’s God damn tiring –

But also, in the end, if we’re going to be black and white about it, it hasn’t got you to where you want to be!!

You KNOW you should be making SO much more money.

NOW.

With consistency, and yeah, while of course of COURSE you’re down for doing the work, you also feel like it SHOULD be a lot easier, more flow

And you know that you know that you know that you’ve still not let out the most unrestrained and fully expressed side of you!

– The you they can’t look away from
– The you they are MAGNETIZED by
– The you who automatically commands a huge freakin’ following, and sales to match it

You know who I’m talking about –

THE MILLIONAIRE REBEL YOU!

Starting January 18th!

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The revolutionary fucking leader who tears SHREDS off of normal every damn day before the rest of the world has barely sipped its coffee!

Who is FULLY unleashed in what she says, how she shows up, how she does business, how she does life.

Who does not give a fuck about following rules! Or sales systems! Or strategies! Who can and will do what works for HER, and if it happens to resemble other ways people build an audience and make a fuckload of money online, cool, and if not, so what! That is not the point! The point is –

She knows what works for her.
She backs herself unapologetically.
She DOES it.

And she gets the damn results. The BIG results. The CONSISTENT results. The FUCK yes results, not just with money but with the VIBERY of it all.

Imagine …

Waking up every day and KNOWING you have crushed the day before it already begun because THAT IS WHO YOU ARE AND HOW YOU ROLL!

* Your shit sells (at any and all price point)
* Your creativity and inner ideas machine flows endlessly (you always know what to put out into the world and that when you speak people PAUSE EVERYTHING AND LISTEN, whether it is with free content and shenaniganery or with your paid stuff)
* You don’t even have to think about low end or high end or how to take people through a value ladder or some such bullshit, the value ladder is YOU CONTINUING TO BE YOU, and the more that you DO you the more people just take themselves through whatever it is you’re offering!
* It is easy, natural, fun, and OBVIOUS how to build your automated income, funnels, the ‘cash machine’ side of your business.
* In fact the whole damn thing feels fun and easy and like you’re just being you (the full on you, the too much you, the rebel you, the fuck all of ’em THIS IS WHAT I STAND FOR AND NOW I’M GONNA TELL YOU you!),
* and at the same time you have the DEEPLY grounded and certain knowledge that the way you’re doing it, hot mess and chaos vibes and all, is WORKING. PS – the reason you feel certain of this is because your bank balance and soulmate audience and their feedback reflects it, not bc your spirit guides told you it’s coming

All of this is ALREADY available to you.

It is who you are and what you were born for.

You did not come here for normal!

You are one of the truly crazy ones, who has something inside of her that will leave the world BREATHLESS –
and allow her to make millions and impact millions –

BUT NOT IF SHE CONTINUES TO DO BUSINESS AND LIFE BY TRYING TO SOMEHOW BE A NON-CONFORMIST WHO CONTINUALLY CAVES AND CONFORMS.

For this to work,

REALLY work, like next next NEXT level $ and life flow work,
you’re going to need to FULLY turn your back on the idea that your breakthrough is waiting on the other side of you adjusting, filtering, compromising, playing the game the way the other entrepreneurs are playing it, or worrying about what the fuck your social media looks like!

What you’re going to need to do is simple:

FLICK THE DAMN REBEL MILLIONAIRE SWITCH BABY.

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All in on madness.
All in on crazy.
All in on chaos.
All in on the TRUE epic awesome ridiculousness and too much-ness of YOU.

REBEL MILLIONAIRE

Starting January 18th!

For those who were born to run the damn thing,

To turn the world on its head and dance on top of it,

And who are ready to do just that.

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