My September Goals & How You Can Achieve Yours

My September Goals & How You Can Achieve Yours

I already feel different this month. I feel excited for what's to come. I launched my new fitness, wellness & nutrition program yesterday, which was one of my goals this year and I'm so glad you guys are loving it! The feedback has brought me to tears. I am so passionate about creating programs and content that will encourage you, motivate you but most of all help you find your balance. The fitness industry can be very toxic and sometimes push an "all or nothing" approach, which is not sustainable or healthy. 

With that, grab a coffee and a snack and let's chat about our goals this month. I absolutely love setting goals and intentions at the start of the month. They don't have to be crazy big goals and most of the time they are small goals that I want to work towards. I thought I would share some of my goals and perhaps you can write down a few things you want to achieve this month. I like to section my goals into 3 categories: God/Faith | Family & Marriage | Career...but choose the categories that align with you and your values.

 

God/Faith

Goal 1: Continue writing my book. I have spoken about this a few times, but I am writing a book. It's been in the works for a while and I don't have a strict time frame because I want to enjoy the process rather than put pressure on myself to have it done by a certain date and be stressed out by it. 

Goal 2: To be constantly including God and constantly praying. Sometimes I'll get to the end of the day and realise I only prayed that morning. 9 times out of 10, it's a day I feel stressed or moody. Praying throughout the day and leaning on God brings a peace that I can't even explain. It's like a blanket of peace that covers me and keeps me joyful. Best of all, it's free and accessible for everyone. He is always there waiting for us to lean in, we just need to make the move and begin to pray and lean into Him.

  

Family

Goal 1: Date mornings as well as date nights! Truthfully, our date nights have been a little wishy washy at the moment. Sometimes Luca will wake up before he's supposed to and then one of us tends to him and one of us is trying to finish the housework or cook dinner and date night gets a little...lost. We want to start doing a 'date morning' where we schedule an hour or two where we are baby-free and work-free/phone-free to go for a walk or a sauna or a gym session together or go out to breakfast. Whatever we feel like that week. But the goal here is to leave the house! I know it is a luxury to be able to do this. Brenton and I both work for ourselves and I know this isn't everyones situation, but perhaps you could try an early morning walk before work or a weekend date morning? I also understand that to be able to be baby-free (and have such a hands-on mother in law and sister in law) is a huge privilege. I understand some people have no help at all. You are doing an amazing job. I'll do a blog post on keeping marriage alive amongst sleep deprivation and a new season of parenthood soon. It was a highly requested topic and I LOVE that you guys care about your marriage and want to work on it. So beautiful! 

 Goal 2: Pack our house and move into our new place and get some new pieces for the new house. Very exciting times! There will be a home series will be coming, of course. I want to show you guys some budget friendly home hacks. I've found some amazing dupes while shopping for our new place. It's a little bigger that our current place so we need a few new pieces. 

 

Career

I only have one goal this month and that is to dedicate particular days to particular aspects and areas of my work. I do lots of different things for 'work'. I have my business, State of Wellness (fitness bands, recipe ebooks, fitness programs, customer service, blog, etc) and the I have my Instagram (creating content for you guys, working with brands, etc) plus, I'm a full-time mama (the biggest and best job of them all). Essentially, I structure and plan my week so that each day there is a clear designated aspect of my work. For example, Monday can be a 'content day' where I batch shoot content for brands, shoot content for my feed, etc. Tuesday can be a writing day, where I will write my blog posts and book. Wednesday can be editing content day and so on. If you're at uni, this method could be really helpful for you too. When I was at uni, this worked really well for me! I would spend 1 day per week focusing on one subject/unit per week, or sometimes I would do AM 1 subject/unit and PM another subject/unit.

 

So, let's set some goals for you this month.

The biggest thing to remember is that it's not actually the goal, it's the reason behind the goal. For example, someone might want to save money. Why is that their goal? It's not so they can have X amount in the bank, it's because this money will allow them to buy a house or an experience that they are after. If you want to be a morning person, ask yourself "why is that"? Is it because you want to be able to have more time in the day? Is it because you want to get fitter and healthier and getting up early allows you workout and make a nourishing breakfast? Find your reason why you have set these goals and hold onto them. You will not always be motivated, so you have to learn to be disciplined. In the hard times, remember your 'why'. So goals are great, but you need to know the reason behind the goal. Ed Mylett put it perfectly when he said that someone who is self confident is someone who keeps promises to themselves. Keeping promises to yourself means you have a great reputation with yourself and you know that you can trust yourself and your word. If you consistently do what you promise yourself, you will gain self confidence.

You have probably heard about SMART goals. I actually really love the idea of this. The acronym stands for:
S - Specific. You need to be specific. "Save money" is not specific. If your goal is to "save money" and you save 5 cents, you technically have hit your goal. You need to say a specific dollar amount.

M - Measurable. You need to be able to measure this goal. How do you know you have achieved it? In the example above, it would be a numeric number.
A - Achievable/attainable. Can you achieve it? Be realistic! Saying you want to squat 90kg in 2 weeks when you've never strength trained before is not realistic. Make sure your goals are challenging but realistic.

R - Relevant. How much does this mean to you? How is it relevant to you? Does it align with your values? Why is this goal important to you?
T - Time-bound. When do you want to achieve this goal by?

So, put pen to paper and reflect on the following questions
1. What are 3 goals that I want to set for the month of September? (could be faith related, family related, mental, physical, financial, career etc)?

2. What is my word of the month? My word this month is 'intentional'. I want to be more intentional with my time, more intentional when listening to people and in conversation and more intentional with the content I produce (I want to help you guys and this amazing community).

xx

September 02, 2022
Easy & simple productivity hacks you can start today: how to make the most out of your time

Easy & simple productivity hacks you can start today: how to make the most out of your time

Since becoming a mum, I have started to value my time so much more. I can't fluff around at the gym anymore, I can't waste time scrolling. When Luca sleeps is when I work, clean the house, workout and etc etc. So I have really had to find ways to maximise the windows of free time that I have. Whether you are a uni student, in school, a busy mum or simply feel like there's not enough time in the day - here are some easy ways to become more productive with your time.

 

+ Write out your day the night before

I write my to-do list the night before. This way, I can go to bed knowing exactly what I have to get done and can wake up with no surprises, feeling like I am already ahead. This gives you a clear structure of what you have to do and when you have to do it. What I like to do and what you might like to do is write this list in order of priorities, with the most important tasks to be done first.

 

 

+ Pre-write your workout before getting to the gym or follow a plan

This is huge! Prior to having Luca, I would go to the gym and spend ages deciding what exercise I was going to do next, how many sets, how many reps etc. Now, I go in with my entire workout written out. I'm currently following my new fitness plan which will be released this year and it so sooo helpful just opening my Books app on my phone and knowing the exact workout I'm doing. If you're not big on writing your own workouts, I would recommend following a fitness plan/guide. Whether thats my Tone and Cut plan or my Level Up program or really any other program! If you know you're not great at programming, following a plan is perfect.

 

 

+ Set timers 

I have recently started a new practice which is setting timers when I have a lot of different tasks to do. For example, if I have emails to get through, I will set a timer for 20 minutes and start working through them. I leave the timer on my phone open next to me so I can see how much time I have left. After the 20 minutes is up, I will move onto something else. It is great because you know you only have a small window so it really motivates you to smash it out. Let me know if you try this, it has helped my productivity exponentially! 

 

 

+ Divide your day into two halves

I have recently started doing this and have been loving it. I have a lot of different facets and dimensions to my work so splitting my work day into two separate halves means I can focus and hone in on certain tasks. I have my attention on my project I am working on (fitness program & book) for one half of the day and attention on brand deals, content creation, emails etc in the other half of the day. If you are studying, I did this when I was at uni too! I would split my day into first half: two different units/subjects and the second half: the other two units/subjects I was studying. It worked well because I really was able to take my Statistics hat off, then put my Developmental Psychology hat on. It gave me clear direction.

 

 

+ Know what your time wasters are

What are the biggest culprits for you? What do you waste the most time doing? Is it procrastination? Social media? Have a think about your personal time wasters and be aware of what they are. Having downtime is great and so refreshing for us - we need to rest! However, if you are trying to be productive with the time you have, perhaps try saving your Netflix for the afternoon or setting a timer where you only scroll for 5 minutes then get back to work. 

 

 

+ Schedule breaks

Have you ever opened a social media app and then closed the app, realising you just wasted 30 mins? Same. A scheduled break is where you give yourself permission to stop and waste time. Set a timer for 10 mins and don't feel guilty! Scroll, call a friend, do whatever you need to. It helps break up your work and gives you a little bit of rest before diving back into work.

 

+ Utilise the 'do not disturb' feature on your phone

Guys. I have only just started this and I don't know why I didn't start sooner. Do not disturb is the best feature ever. Years ago, I turned off all my social media notifications and that was one of the best things I ever did! I found it so distracting seeing my notifications pop up. If there's anything urgent, your friends will call you. Everything on social media can wait. 

 

 

+ Know your peak productivity window and utilise it

Okay I saved one of the most important for last! I know that I am an AM person. I work best between 6am and 12pm. When I was at uni, during exam season I would wake up at 5 and workout and then study from 6:30am until 9:30am before my classes. This is when I was the highest functioning, my brain is the sharpest and I am the most alert, awake, focused and have the highest attention span in the mornings. When the afternoon hits, I feel tired and less motivated. I try to do all of my hard tasks in the morning and the easier mindless tasks in the afternoon. So know what your productive window is and use it to your advantage. 

June 14, 2022
Daily wellness habits and practices for a happier you (that you can start right now!)

Daily wellness habits and practices for a happier you (that you can start right now!)

Yesterday morning on my IG stories I spoke about how I read my Bible and take the time to workout each morning to be the best version of myself possible: the best mum, the best wife and the best friend that I can be. Another thing I mentioned is I love really romanticising my life - from my morning coffee to my night time routine, I like to do little things like having a nice coffee glass in the morning. It helps me to be grateful for everything - even the little things. With that, let's get into my first point:

 + Start romanticising your daily practices, habits and routines.

I love waking up, putting on my fluffy slippers and robe and then heading to the bathroom to wash my face, ice roll my face and put on serum. After that, I head to the kitchen and make a coffee in my favourite glass before sitting down to read, pray and journal. The whole process takes 5 minutes, but it sets my morning up to feel special and elevated. Obviously if Luca wakes before I do, it's straight into his routine and I move onto my routine after. 

+ Find a morning routine that actually works for you.

Speaking of morning routines, find one that works for you! Don't put pressure on yourself to have a "perfect" morning routine, but do allow yourself time in the morning to do some things that fill your cup so you can pour into others throughout the day. I really love having a slow and intentional start to my morning and find waking up early allows me to do that.  

Gratitude and being mindful.

I start my morning with thankfulness, prayer, reading the Bible and doing some journalling. It's so important to recognise the blessings that we have. The fact that you can read this sentence is a huge blessing. You hear it all the time "write 3 things you are grateful for" but this is because it truly does set yourself up to be grateful! Without getting too science-y/psychology on you, we can rewire our brain's neural pathways based on what we think/practice often. So practising gratitude actually does change the way we view the world, as cliche as it is.

+ Do a social media check.

Look at who you follow and who follows you. Don't be afraid to unfollow, restrict or - do I be bold enough to say - block people. Years ago I decided to unfollow every profile that made me feel unhappy. Now, I choose to follow people who inspire me or educate me. As well as who you follow, you have the right to block people who bully you. I know some people think it's immature, but think about it: your profile is your space. If someone came into your home, put mud everywhere and trashed your house, would you still want them in your home? No. This is your space, but some people think it's okay to come in and talk negatively or bully you. Social media is a crazy world, and people think it's okay to say horrible things that would be super weird if someone came up and said that to you in real life lols. Anyway, you get me. Protect your space.

+ Be generous. 

It can be as simple as buying someone their morning coffee. Don't have the financial means to do that? Be generous with your time. We can all be more generous with others. It's such an honour to be able to give to people and you never know how much someone could be needing some help.

Take one day a week of social media.

I love this practise so much, I am thinking of doing two days a week off social media. I speak about it frequently because I believe everyone needs to experience at least one day a week away from all social media. Trust me, once you do it, you will know why I talk about it so often.

No screens in the morning until you have done your non-negotiable practices.

Another big one. I won't check social media or emails (or anything work related) until I have done my non negotiable things: prayer/Bible/journal, slowly enjoying my morning coffee, playing with Luca and movement - whether that's going to the gym or going on a walk. 

 + Daily movement. 

Speaking of movement, this is something I do every single day. Yes, I go to the gym 4-5 x per week and lift weights. However, on my rest days, I still walk with Luca in the pram. Sometimes for 10 minutes, sometimes an hour. I love putting a podcast on, calling friends and family and soaking up nature and fresh air. Movement makes me so happy!

 + Write a list of all the '5 min tasks' you've been putting off and start ticking them off.

We all have those things that would literally take 5 minutes to do but we put them off for days and weeks. Brain dump every task you need to (call that person, pay that bill, send that email, clean that drawer, organise that space) and then set a half hour timer on your phone and see how much you get done. When was the last time you cleaned out your wardrobe? 

 

What are some habits and practices you want to start? Put pen to paper and really write out what simple practices you can start implementing to really be appreciate all things in life: from the small things to the big things.

May 03, 2022
My New Years Goals for 2022

My New Years Goals for 2022

I've never been a big New Years Resolution kind of girl but I have always enjoyed setting goals and talking about the future. This week Brenton and I have really slowed down and I have enjoyed waking up early with him and walking with a coffee followed by an ocean swim. We have really reflected on this year and how insane/amazing/exciting/wild/crazy it was. We survived a 4 month lockdown, fell pregnant with our first baby, created products for our businesses and had to cancel our wedding - for a third time. We started talking about our goals and focuses for next year and broke them down into spiritual goals, family goals and business goals. So, in no order, here are my New Years goals for 2022. 

1. Have a good work/life balance and be more present

I know our life is about to change (you can read about how I plan on balancing mum life and running my business here). I want to continue date nights with Brenton and always communicate our needs. I want to be so intentional with time spent with baby boy. I want to take in every moment and always be present. This means putting boundaries in place with work, which I have already started to implement this year. I am so excited to meet our little man and truly want to be the best version of myself for him. I have already started things this year such as: taking a sabbath on Sunday (no social media or work from Saturday night until Monday morning), not using my phone until I have completed my morning routine and not using social media for longer than the period I have set. Next year, I want to start blocking out time every day to put my phone on 'Do Not Disturb' and really have that downtime with baby boy + Brenton with zero distractions.

     

    2. Go deeper with God 

    I always have the most peace, am the most joyful, the most content and the most loving when I am spending a lot of time with God. I truly can't explain the feeling, it really is something that you need to experience yourself. I want to spend more time in prayer and spend longer per day reading the Bible. I would love to try some devotionals/reading plans with some of my friends and continue to run a women's Bible study.

     

    3. Create things that will bring value to your life

    Whether it's physical products for the gym, fitness programs, challenges or wellness products, I want to create things that will actually help you achieve your wellness goals and keep you living a balanced lifestyle. I want State of Wellness to truly be a hub for all things wellness: fitness, lifestyle, nutrition and mindset. I really want you to be able to be living in a state of wellness all the time and create things that will add value and bring a positive change to your lifestyle. I love our community and can't wait to see what we can all achieve collectively in 2022!

     

    4. Document my postpartum journey + create a workout plan for my body comeback

    I really want to share my postpartum journey with you. I want to show you exactly what I did to get back into my fitness after having baby boy. I am excited for this journey into the unknown! I love setting challenges and seeing what my body and mind are capable of.

     

    Until 2022,

     

    B x

    December 30, 2021
    Habits to quit before 2022

    Habits to quit before 2022

    The fact that 2022 is just around the corner has inspired me to set some new goals and reflect on the year that's been. I got myself asking myself, "what do I want to leave in 2021?". 

    So, I thought I would chat about a few habits and behaviours that I think we should all leave in 2021. Beyond these, I encourage you to have a think about what you personally don't you want to bring into the New Year. So, there a few habits and behaviours that I think should be left in 2021...

     

    Limiting self belief + holding yourself back from achieving 

    • If you want to achieve something, you have to believe that you can achieve it
    • It's really important to ask yourself why you don't think you can achieve something. Is it because you feel like where you want to be is too hard? Maybe you're nervous to take the leap. See if you are holding yourself back or if you need to change some circumstances before you can take the leap. You need to do the work. No one is going to wake you up early if you want to start waking up at 5am or make you eat healthy or advance your career for you. You need to put in the effort and believe you can do it!

     

    Comparison

    • Stop comparing your journey to others journey (house, kids, marriage, financial position, relationship status, success) it steals your joy!
    • Have peace and rest in the plan that God has for you 
    • Your journey will never be the same as anyone else's, because it is your story

     

    Speaking negative words over yourself + others 

    • The pathways in our brain can change depending on what we speak and do over and over again. 
    • Speak positive words and these will be the strongest pathway (so your brain will automatically be jumping to the positive before the negative!)
    • Gratitude is important 

     

    Not spending a day away from social media

    • Take one whole day off social media
    • I challenge you - you won't know yourself after implementing this habit
    • The posts will still be there, you aren't missing anything
    • It changed my social media habits hugely and allowed me to implement healthy social media boundaries throughout the week
    • Try it! 

     

    Not taking care of yourself

    • Eating a consistently poor diet is not going to be helpful for you. Eating poorly makes me feel bad physically (I can tell in my skin, digestion) but also bad mentally (I feel foggy and lack motivation).
    • Everything in moderation! I always preach balance. There are foods that are good for the body but there are also foods that are good for the soul!

     

    Let me know what you want to leave in 2021 on my Instagram post here.

    December 07, 2021
    Join me for the 31 Days of Wellness Challenge

    Join me for the 31 Days of Wellness Challenge

    I still can't believe that it's nearly December, where did the time go? I literally still am writing '2020' at the top of my page when writing the date...surely this can't just be me?

    Click here to download your free 31 day wellness challenge. 

    The 31 Days of Wellness Challenge encompasses all things wellness including mental health, physical health, generosity and gratefulness. I hope this keeps you on track for a month of wellness. Myself and others from the S.O.W community will be doing it with you. 

    Merry Christmas lovelies, I hope you have the most amazing festive season ever.

    Love, B x

    November 30, 2021
    The 2021 State of Wellness Gift Guide

    The 2021 State of Wellness Gift Guide

    I made sure to post this during Black Friday/Cyber Week as I wanted you guys to be able to do some Christmas shopping while the sales are on! I say I will do this every year, yet every year I always lose track of it and never actually shop for Christmas presents during the week of crazy sales. This year is different! I have been so organised and written my list and am determined to get majority of my Christmas presents during the sales. 

    I created this to give you guys some ideas, especially when you just can't think of what to get someone (hello Secret Santa or gifts for the uncle you hardly see). There is a mix of some boujee items and more affordable items in there. So, without further ado, let's get into the State of Wellness 2021 gift guide this festive season....

     

     

    Merry Christmas, 

    B x

    November 24, 2021
    How to get out of a rut when you're feeling stuck

    How to get out of a rut when you're feeling stuck

    2020: The year we learnt the meaning of "lockdown" and "quarantine". Believe me, I know how it feels to be stuck in a rut. Where every day feels the same and you feel like you're just going through the motions on auto-pilot. There have been times when I have taken a step back and asked myself "wait, how did I end up here?".

    I felt like this in my first trimester of pregnancy. Not only did we go back into lockdown (our third lockdown - which ended up going for 4 solid months) but I also felt really off and had zero energy to train. This took me further into my rut, because once you throw yourself out of routine, it can be hard to get back into it. The thought of getting my motivation back seemed overwhelming!

    There have been other times where I have experienced feeling stuck while working a corporate job. I had just finished my psychology degree and secured a post-graduate job. However, a few years in, I felt like it just wasn't where I was supposed to be. On paper, it was the perfect career path. But I truly didn't feel like I was using any of my talents or creativity and that really got me down. I didn't feel myself and I knew something had to change.

    I want to offer some practical tips that you can implement that will help you. It's not an overnight thing, it will take work, but it's steps in the right direction. Let's go...

     

    Create a game plan.

    This is something that I had to do. I knew I didn't want to be in my corporate job forever. I knew my passion was wellness, health and fitness. I knew I wanted to help women to have more self-love and confidence and I knew I wanted to be self-employed and have work freedom and flexibility. I had to create a game plan for how I was logistically going to be able to achieve this. Set a goal and work backwards. Starting your own business can be overwhelming, but I worked on it as a side hustle and then eventually was comfortable to quit my corporate job all together and become fully self employed. It was a risk, but a risk that I am so glad I took. Seeing and hearing your testimonials makes it all worth it. I love seeing you guys thrive, hit goals and look after yourself both physically and mentally. I know this sounds a little blunt, but if you dislike your job, you have the power to change that. Tough, but it's true. No one is coming to push you. You can do anything you set your mind to. Create a game plan and believe in yourself. You've got this!

     

    Book things in your calendar that you can look forward to. 

    I'm not talking crazy expensive holidays. While it could be a holiday in your diary that keeps you motivated, you can also book in brunch with friends, walks, coffee dates or a girls night at home. I would be lost without my calendar and to-do list, you guys already know that. Having things to look forward to throughout the week helps keep me motivated. Some examples of things I am looking forward to in my calendar are: workouts with friends, date night with B, brunch date with the girls, baby-moon and church, to name a few.

       

    Invest in your health.

    You already know that I believe health is wealth. Paying for my gym membership keeps me accountable because I like to consider myself pretty savvy when it comes to saving and spending money. The fact that I know I am locked in to paying for my membership every week helps push me into going 5 x per week and making the most of it. If you need additional accountability, book in your classes or session with a friend.

    As well as working out, eating well will absolutely help you get out of your rut. Nourishing food helps us physically but also mentally. When you eat good food, you feel good. No, you don't have to eat organic food and spend money on crazy supplements. You can eat well without breaking the bank. I managed to eat well when I was a full-time uni student. Shop smart, plan your meals out and budget. If it is a priority for you, then you will prioritise it. Sounds silly, but it's true. I have had people tell me they can't afford to buy healthy food yet spend hundreds per week on eating out and alcohol. Invest in your health - you will thank yourself for it!

      

    Try something new.

    This could be a new workout class like boxing, a HIIT class or reformer pilates. I find mixing up my exercise routine and environment keeps things fresh, exciting and interesting! Plus, you will be sore in muscles that you didn't even know existed - trust me on this one.

    This could also mean mixing up your daily routine. For example, waking up half an hour earlier to journal or read, meeting a friend for coffee once a week on a Wednesday morning or going on an evening walk after dinner. Change is as good as a holiday, right?!

     

    Talk and write about how you are feeling and where you want to be.

    Vent, talk, cry, journal. Just express how you are feeling with friends, family or a professional. Just getting your thoughts out of your brain is the best feeling. It helps me when I feel stressed or overwhelmed. I love brain dumping. Whether that's to get organised for the week by writing everything I need to do for the whole week out on paper and then delegating or just chatting to B verbally about everything I have coming up. It all helps!

    Journalling is also amazing for this. Get to the root of why you are feeling like you're in a rut. Is it because you're over work? You're sick of your routine? Find the root problem and that way, you can find the solution.  

    November 19, 2021
    From Procrastination to Boss Woman: How to Get Out of a Funk

    From Procrastination to Boss Woman: How to Get Out of a Funk

    We all have those days where we literally just feel as though we woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Today was one of those for me. I felt uptight, frazzled and a little all over the shop. I even said to my husband "I just don't feel grounded". To which he responded, "that's weird, you had Jesus time this morning". Which leads me onto my first and most important step when feeling not myself. 

    Prayer

    Jesus time, prayer, reading my Bible, reading encouraging scripture. It just helps shift my perspective and reminds me that this life isn't forever and I need to have a Kingdom perspective and attitude not a worldly perspective and attitude.

     

    Take 5 

    Remove yourself from your work, your phone, your laptop and just take 5. Whether that's to go for a walk around your office, make a coffee, get outside or read for 5 minutes. Just take 5 minutes to remove yourself from the situation. Not only will you feel less highly strung, but you will come back with a fresh mind and perspective and be able to work more efficiently and productively. 

     

    Workout

    An instant mood booster. Whether it's a full on HIIT workout or a chilled walk, just moving your body in some way, shape or form truly makes the biggest difference. On days where you're in a funk it might feel like the last thing you want to do, but chase those post-workout endorphins - we never regret a workout!

     

    Playlist 

    Listen to playlist that hype you up. If you can't decide what you want, why not try throwback mix. Nothing like nostalgia to improve your mood!

     

    Put Yourself Together

    I'm not saying a full face of makeup or a ballgown, but take off your robe and PJ's and put yourself together a little. Even though I work from home 80% of the time, getting ready helps my productivity levels. It's telling yourself "we are in work mode, NOT procrastinate mode".

     

    Get Clean

    Okay, I'm adding to the above. This is huge. If I feel like I'm in a funk and my makeup is smudged, my hair is unwashed and I'm still in my activewear, there is nothing better than getting fresh. Freshly washed hair, a deep cleanse and your skincare routine never disappoints.  

     

    To-do List

    Oh man, I write a to-do list every. single. day. sometimes twice a day as it needs updating. I do the old-fashioned pen to paper. Honestly, I feel like it takes the mess and jumble in my head and forms it into organised chaos on paper. Plus, is there anything more satisfying than actually physically ticking off a to-do list? 

    June 15, 2021
    How To Make Friends as an Adult

    How To Make Friends as an Adult

    Honestly, making friends as an adult can sometimes be challenging and even downright HARD. I get it. In high school, you see the same people five times a week so you easily and naturally form friendships. But what about the people who have left school and are in their careers? And to a greater extent, what about those who work from home or are self-employed and unable to make friends in their career or workplace? Here are two practical ways to establish friendships outside of work, school and university.

     

    1. Put yourself out there in your daily routine
    I know this can be daunting, especially if you're not a super outgoing person. But truly, try chatting a little more to the people you see in your day-to-day. Ask your barista how their morning is going and chat to someone at your gym before your class starts. You will be surprised at how some friendships start. I met one of my closest friends because her husband used to make me and my husband's coffee every morning. Another friendship with one of my girl friends started when I bought something off her business and I picked it up from her. We got talking for at least half an hour and have been friends ever since! You'll be surprised just how many potential friends are around you when you start putting yourself out there in your day-to-day life. 

    2. Join a sports team, community group, book club or study group
    For me, church was an amazing way for me to connect with people and create friendships. If you are already in a church, I would highly recommend looking into your church's community groups/life groups/connect groups and joining one. You will be with people around the same life stage as you with the same values, morals and beliefs as you so it is a perfect time to make friends.

    June 09, 2021
    Stop Limiting Yourself.

    Stop Limiting Yourself.

    Let me tell you a little something about limitations. Prior to 1954, doctors said that it was physically impossible for someone to run a mile in under 4 minutes. They stated that a human heart would explode if someone was to push themselves hard enough to run a mile under 4 minutes. So this was a widely accepted limitation for people.


    In 1954, Roger Bannister actually ran a mile under 4 minutes in the 1954 Olympics. Within 2 years, 300 other people had done so. Not because humans just become faster and stronger, but because there was no longer a perceived limitation because it wasn’t impossible. Before planes and rockets were invented, we also thought it would be impossible to fly or land on the moon.

    What are your limitations? How many times have you held yourself back because you told yourself that you couldn’t do something? Challenge your thoughts. Those dreams you have, those goals you have. Stop limiting yourself. You can do anything!

     

    May 08, 2021