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I’m so excited to say that Michael and I are now engaged! I simply adore Michael – I think he is the most beautiful person in the world.

What I think is particularly beautiful is that he’s had the ring for four years! He actually bought it when I was in hospital and they weren’t sure if I was going to make it. Michael said to his Dad, “If she survives, I’ll marry her”. He bought the ring then and he’s had it ever since. So sweet!

You know, it’s interesting, because as soon things got tough, people were quick to give Michael permission to leave me. People on the street have even stopped Michael to ask him why he’s still with me!

Right after the fire, the doctors talked to Michael about me and about what would lie ahead. They said “Look, this is going to be a long road, she’s not going to look the same and she’s not going to be the same girl you fell in love with”. But Michael stuck by me. He put his entire life on hold for years – to be with me and support me through my recovery, day after day, week after week, month after month. What an incredible man!

I am so grateful to him, and I’m so blessed that he is in my life, but when people tell me over and over that I’m so lucky to have him, I don’t necessarily agree…

Hear me out. I don’t think it’s got anything to do with luck. I think that we are both pretty amazing people, and that we’re a good reflection of each other. I think we’ve worked through a lot to achieve a relationship worth celebrating.

I talked about this in more depth with Mia Freedman recently. You can listen to our candid chat here.

It’s my belief that people have a tendency to project their insecurities on others. Maybe you’ve started eating more healthily, or working out more to achieve a health or fitness goal, and your co-workers have told you negative stories about people who have tried to lose weight, or put you down for the times you have tried before. Maybe you’ve decided to run a marathon and your friend tells you it would be crazy to try, or that long distance running is bad for you. Maybe you’re in a new relationship and someone tells you that ‘men/women can’t be trusted’ etc.

I’m sure you know what I mean and I’m sure you can think of a few similar kinds of projections too.

My message to you? When that happens, don’t let the insecurities of others have an impact on how you value yourself and your worth.

Don’t let the insecurities of others have an impact on how you value yourself and your worth – Tweet it!

The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts … make sure the way you think about yourself is top shelf!

Turia xx

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