Founder of The Butterfly Temple Trudy Johnston knows a thing or two about just what it takes to feel beautiful.
When I was four years old, my mother left my younger brother, sister and I with a neighbour. And never came back. By the time I was 11, my family had lost everything which catapulted my father into a serious illness.
I was a single mum aged 21, unqualified, receiving government benefits and not much support. Or confidence, for that matter.
Fast forward 20 years, I had university lectureships and a university scholarship under my belt, and a well-respected arts PR and marketing business (www.vimandzest.com.au). I worked for the Sydney2000 Olympics and top arts organisations.
But I was yet to undertake the most challenging decade of my life with a family member. We’re lucky to be here. Others didn’t make it through.
A few years ago, I forgave my mother for abandoning me. We both found peace.
Then I learnt to stop abandoning myself. It was not easy. Painful, alone, step by step. Often my best (and sometimes only) companion was my yoga mat.
Just over a year later, the man of my dreams danced his way into my life and my beautiful granddaughter soon followed.
I’ve created this global campaign for True Beauty because I know that there is a place of innocence behind every suffering smile; a place of beauty and peace. And a wonderful life to create.
A BIG BUTTERFLY THANK YOU
Out of the cocoon and flying - big thank you to my amazing daughter Akira and granddaughter Maitreya, my family, Athena Tarina Heartfull, Razel Wolf, Kristin Viken, Jules Ober, Toni Childs, Linda Overstrom, Sarah Hunt, Amanda Blennerhassett, Prue Blennerhassett, Cass Curran, Phoebe Lines, Lisa Fitzpatrick, Leigh O’Malley, Ankya Klay, Kate Nutt, Helen Paige, Kirstie Fisher, Colin Heaney, Kevin Fitzgerald, Roberto Rojas-Morales, Roxana Minnona and many others. Huge thanks to my wonderful partner Brad Heydon.