Bella Westaway

What’s your role in the WWOT team? 

I look after all things brand and content. This includes editing, blogging, content campaigns, podcasting and PR, as well as handling brand communication, internal and external communication, social and digital across all brands. 

What is your favourite thing about the WWOT community?

I love hiking, and I love women, so a community of women hikers is absolutely my dream. Wild Women On Top is a life-changing social enterprise which has supported so many women to find health and happiness, and that just lights me up. Plus, having the opportunity to work in a 'work hard, play hard' environment is rare and such a privilege. 

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Greece (again). After that, Machu Picchu tops the list! 

Where will we find you on a Sunday morning?

Either snuggled in bed with coffee, out on a hike with friends or at a yoga class. Then brunch, of course. 

What’s the wildest adventure you’ve ever been on?

Hiking to Everest Base Camp, Nepal or summitting Mt Kinabalu, Borneo in a typhoon tie for the wildest. But the most awesome and fun adventure I've been on was hiking up Mt Olympus in Greece and exploring Crete with some wild goddesses. 

What motto or mantra do you live by?

Life is too important to be taken seriously. 

Previous posts

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Have you ever felt you couldn’t possibly leave your kids or partner for an adventure with friends? Felt it would be too selfish? Too indulgent? That nobody would survive without you? Or have you done it and felt guilty? From a daughter who was "left", this one's for you...
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A few years ago, I was diagnosed with depression. I'm a lot better now, but I still have bad days. When this happens, and I wake up in the morning with nothing but dread and panic, I’ve got some go-to techniques to help me get back on my feet. Most are things I learned in recovery, through therapy, research, reading and recommendations from family and friends. Some are just things I did and found really helpful. I hope they can help you, too.
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Over the past 10 years, we’ve become better at talking about mental health issues. Many of us wear our hearts on our sleeves, literally. Anxious has become an adjective, an Instagram bio. It’s not uncommon to see wrists decorated with semicolon tattoos, a symbol supporting suicide prevention. But these conditions remain invisible. As much as we want to liken them to a broken arm or bout of flu, they can’t be diagnosed with x-rays or blood tests. Likewise, they can’t be healed without tremendous effort from the one who is hurting, something that can feel impossible with a condition like depression. It’s this that can make these issues feel so hopeless. But when we have hope, we have healing.
If you ‘Google’ Bucket List hikes, you’ll get a list of some of the world’s most famous walking trails. From the Inca Trail to Everest Base Camp, the Appalachian Trail to Mt Kilimanjaro, they’re iconic. But what about those off-the-beaten-track kind of adventures that often go under the radar? They’re usually quieter, more remote, and often more beautiful than their overly touristy counterparts. We asked the Wild Women team to share their favourite adventure, to bring you 20 experiences you absolutely need to add to your bucket list.
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When you’re first starting out, hiking can be a little daunting... scary even. We want you to feel supported as you take that leap of faith - armed with the tips and tricks the experts think you should know. So we’ve rounded up the best hiking tips from all our Wild Women Coaches and Head Office team. Some are funny, some are serious, all are important to learn.
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Sometimes I’m happy to suffer through a bit of not-so-glam to experience something epic, like the remote wilderness of Iceland or Everest Base Camp. But if I can enjoy an incredible, mind-blowing adventure, have a physical challenge AND wash my hair when it’s over… well, sign me up.
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For many people, me included, a fear of snakes, and spiders and leeches (oh my!) is enough to keep them out of the wilderness. But it shouldn’t be that way. Because with the right information, you can avoid or manage most creepy crawlies – and the Wild Women team are here to show you the way.
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Forget the soggy, sad boiled cauliflower your Mum used to make - this recipe takes cauli to a whole new place. This delicious, summery salad is perfect for Sunday lunch or a mid-week dinner. Enjoy!
Iceland Cold Water
I’ve given myself a challenge. It’s cliched, but empowering. I’m getting out of my comfort zone. I’m tacking my hatred of cold water head on in five weeks when I hike across Iceland. And not just hike. Hike through glacial streams. I’m also going diving (diving!) in ice-melt water. Ouch. Why? Well, it all started with a broken shower.
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Teenage girls live in a world where reality is warped by Instagram filters and Photoshop, where friends look like models and models feel like friends. They exist in a society that values ‘likes’ and ‘comments’, ‘follows’ and ‘shares’, one where beauty is defined by brands that profit from your insecurity. So what does all this have to do with hiking? Everything. Because hiking can dismantle it all.
Lisa beautiful
Lisa Marshall is the Director of Wild Women On Top and Event Director of the popular Sydney and Melbourne Coastreks. Lisa coaches teams of women to take on challenging treks in the wild, and inspires them to eat real food, train hard, and contribute to a community of supportive, inspiring, fun loving friends.
Heather Swan
Heather Swan is a world record holding wingsuit pilot and one of Australia's best know adventurers. She holds a number of World and Australian records in extreme sport, including one for a wingsuit flight from a 6672 metre mountain in the Himalayas. We caught up with her to talk adventures, inspiration, and her first ever BASEjump.
Cheryl
Aussie Adventure Queen, Cheryl Bart (AO), is a woman on top of the world.
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Got an injury? Don't know whether to keep it moving, stay still, stretch it, ice it, or just go back to bed forever? You're in the right place. We chatted to Kate Roberts from Physiocise and got the lowdown on pesky pain.
Meet foodie guru and nutrition queen Dr Joanna McMillan. She talks prioritising health, how to find a balance, the biggest food mistakes we can make and gives us a cheeky look at her day on a plate.
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We get it. Working out can be really hard. Here are our top 5 tips to keep motivated to work out daily and feel fabulous!
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This reciple is simple and produces outstanding results. A rich, chocolatey flavour with no chemical additives or preservatives. Perfect for baking or nibbles.
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These cookies are delicious, nutty and nourishing. Perfect with a cuppa in a spectacular adventure location!
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This is a delicious, nutrient dense snack for wilderness adventures - and it's easy to make!
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Happy Fit Xmas you Wild Ones….You have been super energetic this year with more training, more adventures and more fun than ever before.

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