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Being BRAVE means being REAL!

Hello again,


So I did some thinking. Although I love sharing informative posts with you all, I thought, what if I switched things up a bit. I’ve introduced my dream, my practice and one of my passions to you, but what if I took some time to just introduce myself to you. The actual beating heart behind Brave Development.


I’m Chantelle, but most of my family and friends call me Tella or Chans. Yes, I may be an Occupational Therapist but I’m also a wife to a handsome husband; as well as a mother to probably the cutest and busiest little blond-haired-blue-eyed boy, not-so-little Great Dane and two feisty little Yorkshire Terriers. Life as we know it, is never dull. It’s a beautiful chaos. My house may never be as clean, organised or quiet as I would like it to be, but it is full, full of life, full of love and full of laughter (well, most of the time). We have our ‘breakdown’ moments, as I suppose most households do. I thrive on making to-do lists but very seldom complete them in my prescribed time limit and I tend to misplace things, ALLOT (my poor husband). I absolutely love people, animals, coffee (Vintage Coffee especially), pizza and original glazed Krispy Kream Doughnuts. #foodislife




Becoming a mother has taught me to stop my pursuits for perfection and to embrace the joys of living in the moment. To stop comparing, accept where I am at in life and to just run with it. To let my hair down every now and again. My hope is that as you read today’s post, you’d be inspired to do the same. Don’t get me wrong, I have yet to master this ‘what-seems-to-be’ impossible task, but let me be bold enough to encourage you, to come on this journey with me. What if today, we just took a brief moment amidst the disarray of life, cringed, laughed and moved on. What if we took ourselves a little less seriously and strived for fun rather than perfection.


I guess, what I’m trying to do here is to show you that sometimes being brave means being real and to show you that there are actual people behind Brave Development. I truly believe that there is a certain freedom in being raw and real. Starting this Blog has never been with the sole purpose of giving information but also to provide parents, health care professionals, teachers, the list goes on, with a sense of community or belonging. In a world of pretence, the hope is to provide a little authenticity.

That’s it from me, but before I go… Quick! Tell yourself how amazing you are and how good you’re doing. Stop being so hard on yourself and remember to practice some self-love. See you soon.



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