• Elle

Chatting with Loni

*We aim to aspire to inspire as we chat to others, picking their brains, exploring their passions. All posts are raw & unedited because f**k none of us are perfect & it is time to celebrate that - I'm here for the honest & real, you?


A bit about me:

I am a Pilates Instructor, I'm a pilates fiend! I live it, I love it, I breathe it and I don't see my life without it, so I quit my well paying desk job to take the leap and aimed to land heavy and well set into the realm of pilates.

I'm a sister to an older sibling, I grew up in a comfortable setting in a small suburb of Sydney called Lugarno, a stones throw away from Georges River. I grew up as a tomboy, safari trucks, hot wheel cars and classic car shows were my Jam, alongside BMX extreme sports, moto GP and more. I still have this memory of lining up outside an old building with my dad all to get a signature on a poster from Mick Doohan an idol in my eyes for consecutively winning 5 x world championships riding a 500cc motorcycle.

I dreamt of being a race car driver.... I still wish I had never let that dream fizzle

But my dad told me none of his daughters would be involved with such a dangerous sport/career even though he himself is a supercargo and motogp fanatic.

Anyway, I had job after job in an office from receptionist to secretary to personal assist all within the car industry... I realised I was sick of being a PA for such disconnected and toxic people where appreciation wasn't ever given (I could get into some deep stories but I'll save that for another time... maybe).

I moved to Byron Bay almost 6 years ago to rid my life of toxicity, to take the road less travelled, to adventure more, to be around nature, to find what it was that I really wanted to do. Again I stepped back into working a desk job and started in a good position with less than 6 months to transition into a new exiting role where I got to travel. I will forever be thankful for that job, it taught me so much and the resilience and growth I gained from there I still find imperative to this very day.

So here I am, a Pilates Instructor in Byron Bay working in beautiful studios with incredible colleagues and friends & moving every 'body' that walks through the door.

There is no discrimination, body shaming, nor judgement, what makes me so happy is to see others happy, for them to succeed and for them to feel good in their own skin.

I love human beings, and alot of times we are unheard, misunderstood or battling with our own stories, for what it's worth, this is a glimpse of my story, of me, and I thank you personally for being so intrigued with my life journey.

Moments of growth, challenge and strength?

My most memorable moments of growth was in fact when I fell ill (it's hard to pin point exactly when that very moment of "living my best life" to "will my life ever be the same again". It was one of the scariest moments of my life and ongoing too. Would I lose my husband because he had to work double shifts to support me whilst inner city living was our life. We lived in Darlinghurst at the time I found out I had mold toxicity, that this point my body was exhausted, giving up the fight and slowly shutting down. I had tested positive to 12 micotoxins from living and breathing in mold (ob how I wish what I knew now).

But isn't that always the saying when we learn something that has become potentially life changing... and so the health crisis continues. Whilst I was diagnosed with this, I was continuing to struggle with my everyday life. It went from training 6 days a week, working 6 days a week to living like a potato on the couch with sunglasses on, wrapped in blankets with the sheets tucked tight and a very worn out hubby waiting for me to shout out for a hand. With a very lengthy and ongoing quest for help I was pre-diagnosed with MS (multiple sclrerosis), just for the record I didn't have MS, doctors don't always know what they've learnt through education...anyway turns out I had 2 of the 3 bacterias that form Lymes Disease, an unrecognised or unregistered disease in Australia which means I've had a lot of "there's no su here thing" or it doesn't exist" etc etc not to mention the bills for treating and working with such disease was debilitating in itself. Let's just say I had to spend years and thousands upon thousands to get better. Long story short. I've learnt that no matter where you are at, even when your at the lowest point in your life so far, there will always be an up if you find it, allow it and work hard for it. This is something I always think about, I can do it, I can say yes and I can work bloody hard because I have had to work from the bottom of my health line to get back to feeling human again.