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Posted on December 30, 2019 by Revitalize Lifestyle

The importance of reflection before we move into the next decade!

I’m inspired by and grateful for what I’ve discovered, experienced and learnt throughout the past year and the amazing ways in which it has changed my life on every level. 

 I feel it’s important to take the time to reflect on 2019 but also the past decade as we head into the 2020’s so we can grow, improve, learn and experience an even better decade ahead.

Take the time to celebrate our successes and reflect on memorable events and moments and also taking heed of our mistakes or misjudgements, learning from these failures and becoming a strong, more resilient, courageous and wiser person.  It allows us to grow as human beings.

 There is a quick reflection questionnaire in the link bio for those that would like to start fresh in 2020.

 Releasing what is no longer serving you, finding your vision for the year ahead, thinking about the amazing people that surround you or the ones you would like to meet and get to know. Do more of the things that make your heart sing and less of the things that don’t.  Find time for stillness as well as movement.

 Grab your journal and take a few moments to reflect on 2019.

  1. What was the most important goal I achieved this year?
  2. What was an unexpected obstacle?
  3. What made me most proud?
  4. What are 3 things I will stop doing in the next 12 months?
  5. What are 3 things I will start doing in the next 12 months?
  6. What are 3 things I will continue doing in the next 12 months?
  7. What were my biggest wins / successes from the past year?
  8. What was the best adventure I had?
  9. What moments do you remember that were really fun?
  10. What was the nicest thing someone did for me this year?
  11. What was the nicest thing I did for someone else this year?
  12. What 5 people did I enjoy spending time with?
  13. Which new skills did I learn or develop?
  14. What or who am I most thankful for?
  15. Where did I make my biggest contribution?
  16. What did 2019 teach me?
  17. How did I surprise myself?
  18. What’s the best compliment that I received?
  19. What is my best memory of the year?
  20. What are 3 words I would use to describe this year?
  21. On a scale of 1 to 10, where would I rate this year?

In the next blog we will look at how we approach the year ahead to achieve our aspirations, goals, visions and ideas.

May your 2020 be everything you envisage it to be.  Be safe, be kind, be open to new things, feel and spread the love!

 Blessings, good health and happiness,

Jo Surkitt

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Want to feel more energized and less overwhelmed this festive season?

Posted on December 06, 2019 by Revitalize Lifestyle
How to feel less overwhelmed and be mindful of our self-care this festive season.
We are in December and the festive season has definitely kicked into full swing!
My top tips to reduce the overwhelm of the festive season:
1. Make practical lists of what needs to be achieved and completed. Tick them off once they are done✔️
2. Don’t say YES to every Christmas party or gathering. Choose the ones that you really want to go to and ones you can fit in comfortably without racing around. Often we find we are hurrying between 2-3 events on the same day and feel we didn’t spend quality time at any of them.
3. Stay hydrated, keep a water bottle handy. Regular water intake will help with your clarity, focus and energy levels (also great for your memory).
4. Choose your food and beverages wisely. The festive food and drinks are delicious but you may choose to eat less or not to eat that special cake at every function. I will be sharing some healthy mocktails in the coming days.
5. Attempt to get a few early nights to bed.
6. If you write Christmas cards, write a couple a night so it doesn’t end up being a chore.
7. Keep up with your exercise and movement. Your body, gut and mind will thank you. The busier we get often the less exercise we do, our gut and metabolism gets sluggish from all the extra treats and our minds are busy. Exercise will help you physically, mentally and emotionally. Dancing is a good festive exercise.
8. Listen to Christmas songs. They always lift your spirit and they are fun to listen too. My favs are: Happy Christmas (John Lennon), Last Christmas (Wham), Feed the World (Band aid), All I want for Christmas is You (Mariah Carey) and I love all the 1940’s & 50’s ones with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and of course the traditional ones are fun with the kids!
9. Watch a fun Christmas movie. I always get a laugh and often a tear from: Love Actually, Elf, National Lampoons, Polar Express and last year our family enjoyed The Christmas Chronicles.
10. Take a few mindful moments for meditation or quiet contemplation.
11. Take some time to think about who and what you are grateful for. What simple ways can you show your gratitude to those you love or have helped you.
12. Find ways you can Pay it Forward with kindness gestures over the festive season. Our kids love this. They decide on different kindness acts they will do and sometimes it’s just a spur of the moment thing.
13. Enjoy precious time with your loved ones, ‘being PRESENT’ with them is so much better than giving presents.  Or if you are gift giving, shop local when possible, make a present or give an experience as a gift.
Happy festive season everyone!  Stay safe!

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State of Wellness Summit - Thank You!!

Posted on December 06, 2019 by Revitalize Lifestyle


Victoria’s inaugural State Of Wellness Women’s Summit, supported by Bendigo Bank and the Canny Group, was held in Geelong on Thursday, October 10th 2019. Coinciding with World Mental Health Awareness Day last Thursday, it was an auspicious day for Geelong to host Victoria’s first State of Wellness Women’s Summit at GMHBA Stadium. Fourteen expert speakers spoke to a full house of women, who travelled from all over the state to learn more about all aspects of health, wellbeing and sustainable living. 


The Summit aimed to empower women to create sustainable positive change in their lives, bringing together the best of our region’s wellness experts to inspire, encourage and guide women to live a healthy, happy and successful life. Women of all ages heard from a curated range of keynote speakers, and engaged in activities, a wellness expo and enjoyed nutritious food throughout the one-day event.



It was a wonderful day for like-minded people to come together and learn, exploring ways to enhance their wellbeing on all levels and finding ways to live with joy, harmony and fun. The honourable MP Christine Couzens opened the event and spoke honestly about issues facing women in today’s society.


Torquay’s Jo Surkitt, from Revitalize Lifestyle, designed the State Of Wellness event to raise awareness and provide education to engage, support and enable women to make good choices around their physical and mental health, family, work and overall wellbeing.


According to Beyond Blue, around 1 in 6 women in Australia will experience depression and 1 in 3 women will experience anxiety during their lifetime, Jo Surkitt felt an event focussing on Women’s Wellness was needed and by the fact it was sold out she was right.   Jo was overwhelmed with all the wonderful and positive feedback from the event.  “I was delighted with the outcome of event, so many women spoke to me throughout the day telling me that the day had changed their perspective on life and how much the event meant to them.” Jo said



The Summit covered wide ranging topics from hormones to nutrition, gut health to mental and emotional health, career to personal goals, fitness, overcoming illness, trauma and life challenges, rewiring the brain to creating healthy habits with guidance provided by passionate, flexible and resilient industry experts concluding with a transformational sound healing session.


The keynote speaker, Olympic Taekwondo Gold Medallist, Lauren Burns, was a highlight with her background as an elite sports person, naturopath, nutritionist and a mum, talking about the ups and downs, highs and lows of balancing life.


Amongst the guest speakers included Roxie Bennett (MC), Positive Change Creator Jo Surkitt, Motivational Speaker Jane Kinnear, Naturopath Rebecca Winkler and Deakin's Food & Mood Centre's team, joined by other industry leading wellness specialists.



Beth who attended the event said ‘What a wonderful, aspiring and uplifting event, Broad range of knowledgeable speakers to show us many choices to make our lives better, it was brilliant’


Kim said “An absolute credit to Jo Surkitt for bringing such a professional and inspiring event to Geelong. Having attended a number of Women’s summits in the past, the calibre of this summit was outstanding” 


“Best day I can’t wait for the next one, great for women’s empowerment, lots of great takeaways.” commented Lisa Malone


“Inspiring, special day, definitely great to be here! Amazing women, delicious food, can’t wait for the next one” said Sarah


“Thank you for giving me a new lift on life” Rachel said


The Summit also offered a wonderful array of 20 local businesses showcasing their products and services in the Positive Change expo, with participants walking away with a wealth of knowledge.


Overall, the aim was to arm women with strategies to be their best, and plan a future that integrates clarity with peace, success, good health and joy, by learning skills to live a healthy and sustainable way of life.   This will be a biennial event for the Geelong region. 


Don’t miss the next State of Wellness Women’s Summit in 2021.

For full details: www.stateofwellness.com.au

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State of Wellness Women's Summit - Empowering Women to create Positive Change

Posted on August 10, 2019 by Revitalize Lifestyle

The topic of wellness has been making the rounds as of late, and for good reason. With stress-related diseases on the rise along with other preventable chronic illnesses, incorporating a good wellness program is not only good for your employees but also good for business.  Business Events Geelong sits down with Revitalize Lifestyle’s Jo Surkitt to chat wellness and the launch of her wellness summit.

Why is workplace wellness important?

Having worked in corporate wellness for 20 years I have seen the enormous benefit health and wellness programs have had on the employees.  The key benefits I have seen are staff are more focused, inspired and motivated, they are able to manage their stress well, human resources notice a big decline in sick leave, injury and stress leave, staff are more productive, employee engagement improves, the emotional intelligence of both the managers and staff is stronger, leading to better resilience and self-regulation and less absenteeism and overall people are happier to come to work as they feel supported.  It’s a win/win for everyone in the organisation.’

The topic of wellness has become very trendy lately, why do you think that is?

According to the Global Wellness Institute,  the global wellness market grew to 4.2  trillion in 2017 from 3.36 trillion in 2013.  People are now more conscious about not only their physical health they are researching and engaging in activities that improve their emotional and mental health as well.  Workplaces and individuals are also noticing how food and stress can affect how they feel, act and behave.  Having more access to a large range of products and services has helped enhance the awareness and accessibility of choosing a healthier way to live which is fantastic ’

People are experiencing positive effects from eating healthy foods, exercising, practising meditation, being out in nature and engaging in self-care activities such as massage, seeing a naturopath, going to the gym, cycling or trying out new hobbies.  They realize we need time out from our busy, hectic schedules to recalibrate, heal and rejuvenate so we don’t get burnt out.

Tell us a little bit about the State of Wellness summit you’re launching

The summit has been established for women to learn new tools and strategies to create new sustainable habits in their busy lives that will allow them to live a joyful, balanced and healthy life.  Women will learn from experts in all areas of health, wellbeing and conscious living and also have the opportunity to meet likeminded people.  It’s like a Girl’s Day Out’ where they will leave with an abundance of ideas, strategies and products that will help them transform any part of their life.

Any parting words of advice?

Women will be inspired, educated and motivated to live their life to their full potential, at whatever stage of life they are at.

The State of Wellness and what can you expect to learn

Victoria’s inaugural State Of Wellness Women’s Summit will be held at GMHBA Stadium on Thursday, October 10th 2019.

The Summit aims to empower women to create sustainable positive change in their lives, bringing together the best of our region’s wellness and sustainable living experts to inspire, encourage and guide women to live a healthy, happy and successful life.

Women of all ages in all workplaces will hear from a curated range of keynote speakers, and engage in activities, a Positive Change expo and enjoy nutritious food throughout the one-day event.

This interactive day will cover a range of Workplace health and wellness topics that will inspire and motivate including:

  • Work-life balance
  • Combat Stress
  • Managing hormones
  • Food, healthy eating and nutrition
  • Career and personal goals
  • Increasing resilience
  • Enhancing creativity
  • Overcoming illness, trauma and life challenges
  • Enhancing your Emotional Intelligence


State Of Wellness Women’s Summit

Thursday 10th October, 2019, at GMHBA Stadium


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How to boost your immunity and reduce Sinus, Colds and Flu this Winter

Posted on July 15, 2019 by Revitalize Lifestyle

Here are some simple tools to help boost your immunity and reduce and clear congestion, not only during the winter months but great for the whole year.

The quick video includes a range of the following:

  • Shaking technique: 1-2 minutes in the morning
  • Drink warm lemon water, fresh lemon, ginger, turmeric and a shot of Fire Tonic in the morning
  • Gentle facial massage and tapping on the sinuses
  • Emotional side of Sinus and Congestion: Is the sinus infection coming from an emotional space. Sinuses are related to frustration, anger, resentment, irritation, repressing emotions, sorrow, unsure how to solve difficult problems, overanalysing, struggle to stand up for yourself, feeling worn out, pulled in many directions.
  • Ear Candling 1-2 times a year
  • Reflexology: Feet, hands and ears, worked remarkably for my Sinus in conjunction with Ear Candling
  • Lymphatic massage
Foods and how they affect our sinuses:
Reduce the Mucus Forming Foods

      1. Dairy
      2. Red Meat
      3. Wheat Products
      4. Gluten
      5. Eggs
      6. Bananas
      7. Cabbage
      8. Potatoes
      9. Corn and corn products
      10. Soy products
      11. Processed sugar products
      12. Coffee
      13. Tea
      14. Soft drinks
      15. Alcoholic beverages
    • Foods That Reduce Mucus so eat more of

      1. Salmon
      2. Tuna
      3. Sardines
      4. Flounder
      5. Pumpkin
      6. Pumpkin seeds
      7. Grapefruit
      8. Pineapple
      9. Watercress
      10. Celery
      11. Pickles
      12. Onion
      13. Garlic
      14. Honey or agar
      15. Ginger
      16. Lemon
      17. Cayenne pepper
      18. Chamomile
      19. Olive oil
      20. Broth
      21. Decaf tea


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