No one knows positivity quite like Eddie Tyquin. A lover of all things bright and colourful, both in her wardrobe and life in general, Eddie sees the world through rainbow-coloured glasses – but this hasn’t always been the case.
“As a teenager, I really struggled with self-acceptance,” says Eddie. “I so badly wished that someone could just teach me how to embrace who I was and give me the tools to navigate those tough high school years.”
Looking back, it was the difficult lessons she learned as a teenager that inspired Eddie to found her own blog, Looking for Ladybird, in 2017. Knowing that suicide is the leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 25, Eddie felt it was her duty to offer young people a realistic look at what it truly means to be happy.
“I had become frustrated with happiness blogs that weren’t honest about the highs and lows that come with self-acceptance, and I started sharing the life changes and challenges I was experiencing,” says Eddie. “Before long, I realised I needed to do more to get my message out there.”
Eddie has seen first-hand the unique challenges facing young people, both in the classroom – she holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and primary education and has worked as a teacher – and as a youth mentor.
“The need for a program like this one has never been more urgent,” says Eddie.
Eddie’s inaugural youth mental health program, ‘Being and Loving You,’ is set to be delivered as a two-day workshop, directed at boys and girls aged Year 7 to Year 12. The workshop will cover everything from self-confidence and compassion to tips for creating healthy habits and goal setting, all while discussing positive relationships and helping young people understand the teen brain from the inside out.
“The goal is to provide tweens and teens with the tools that will help them lead a happy, healthy and self-confident life, and fill a gap that students just aren’t getting through traditional school,” says Eddie.
“I only wish I’d had a program like this when I was younger.”
Keen to get your kids involved? Eddie’s very first workshop for tweens and teens will take place on September 18 and 19 from 9am until 3pm. You can get tickets for just $100, but for a limited time only – this introductory price will go up!
And adults, if you’re wishing you could get involved, why not book in for Eddie’s 18+ Brain Party Workshop on Saturday August 21?! It will run from 9am until 3pm at Hotel Miami, and is just $50 (again, this introductory price will go up!).
Both events will be held at Hotel Miami (1/49 Lemana Lane, Miami QLD) and morning tea and lunch will be provided.