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Life is busy. I found myself several weeks ago in a bit of a black hole, overwhelmed by doing life. We have 7mouths2feed and even that task seemed too hard. When I lack inspiration to cook it is a sign that I am too busy and a little stressed. When I go to the cupboard and find several bottles of the same cleaning product I know that this too is a tell tale sign of being on the cusp of a foggy brain and mild panic.

I was not thinking. I was moving through each day without purpose and goals. I did not have energy to really love and serve my family, manage my to do list, take that walk that I really needed, clear my head and be mindful, reflect or pray.

Then out of nowhere, or so it seemed I got some feedback. Some positive, kind words came my way and whoa! It pulled me out of the hole and into the land of the living.

It reminded me how integral feedback is to our ability to function each day. At work we need words of encouragement to keep on task and to keep going. As a mother and wife I crave someone noticing that we are all fed, watered and loved. But the reality is that most of us get nothing. An occasional comment, but no really motivating, sustaining, helpful feedback.

Feedback needs to be timely. Feedback needs to relevant. Feedback needs to be practical and authentic. So for me the last few days has been a reminder to seek feedback, if it is not coming my way. And be the one looking for opportunities to encourage with kind words. Be it an email, a text message, an exchange on social media, a telephone call or a visit in person – each act to feed back to the person is so valuable. A gift of feedback.


Welcome to my Bared Footwear. I have a major crush on these fabulous booties. About ten years ago we lived in London and we didn’t have a car. So we walked – everywhere. At the end of that year my feet, knees and shins felt kaput. Really. So that point in time marked my journey with podiatrists.

And since then I have met some gorgeous people who know ever so much about healthy, happy feet. Making a change to my posture, back and knee positions via a simple orthotic for my feet has been a God send. But more recently it has been discovering quality footwear, designed and developed by a local Melbourne podiatrist, that has had me smiling.

Comfortable shoes that don’t cry Grandma or walking boot! Oh my. The biomechanics footbed that accompanies each shoe offers the ultimate in comfort. And in those heels or summer shoes, no one needs to know.

Anna Baird says:

Bared’s design ethos is about creating modern, classic styles that are wearable, timeless and trans┬áseasonal.

As a podiatrist, I could never find stylish shoes to recommend to my clients. My background has helped me to understand the necessary features of a great supportive shoe and to develop a range of unique shoes that will optimise your gait without anyone ever knowing that you’re in “sensible shoes”
If anyone ever asks you what Bared Footwear is tell them that they are great looking shoes that are good for you!
Take a peek for yourself. You kind find them on their website or publishing on social media. They offer great service and work incredibly hard to get the fit right, even when you order online.