5 Positives For Going Back To Work

 

A lot people will be returning back to work today and let’s be honest unless you’re absolutely in love with your job it’s a dreaded day for most.  I can’t work miracles and get your boss to call you and to say have another day off but I can share five positives for returning to work.

 

  • We go back to a routine and routines are good for us.  Routines make us more productive, help our bodies to get into a regular sleeping pattern, we tend to spend less money and eat healthier how often do we put in weight during the holidays especially the Christmas period.

 

  • Why do we go to work? $$$$ without money we can’t go on holidays, go to the hairdresser, pay our mobile bill so we can go on social media or order Menulog while watching Netflix’s.

 

  • You have a job to go to and that’s something to be happy about.  Anyone who’s struggled with finding a job knows how hard and stressful it can be.

 

  • You’re accruing annual leave right now as you work so you’re that much closer to having enough leave to go back on holidays.

 

  • You’re not alone everyone, else in the office is feeling just as miserable as you are so hang in there.

 

So readers, how was your first day back or are you still on holidays?

New Year New Outlook For 2016

 

 

At the end of every year, I use to have a mini breakdown trying to think of what I had achieved that year. About ten years ago I got real serious about my New Years resolutions. I would come up with three things I wanted to achieve. I would commit myself to them during the year and achieve at least two of the things on my list.  My goals were never grand but I would choose things that were important to me, whether it be finishing a course, getting my license or saving money.

 

At the end of the year when I would reflect on what I had achieved, I knew I could always come up with at least two things to challenge me and having two goals ticked off was always a comfort to me.

 

I’ve had a few days now to think about my New Year Resolutions. This year, I want to focus more on life and the type of person I want to be, rather than ticking things off my list.

 

Here is my New Year’s Resolution List for 2016:

 

Stay Positive – Being positive is my coping mechanism.  Being positive always pulls me through.  It can be a struggle to stay positive all the time and that’s why it’s on my list.

 

Breathe More – Someone who is relaxed takes more breaths per minute than someone who is stressed.

 

Listen – I want to pay attention more to family and friends when they speak so they know they’ve been heard.  Everybody wants to feel heard.

 

Guilt Free – I feel bad or guilty a lot of the time.  Things that are out of my control and have nothing to do with me – it feels like extra baggage I really don’t need to be carrying.

Enjoy Life – Not getting stressed or upset over things that won’t matter next week.

 

Declutter – It’s really therapeutic to clean out what you don’t need.  It’s something I’m not good at which is why I need to work on it in 2016.

 

Be Grateful – I’ve recently started writing down before I go to bed each night what I’m grateful for and why.  It amazes me at how many things I can come up with in one day. My list is never the same.  There’s nothing better to think of before going to sleep than what you’re most grateful for.

 

Never Stop Believing – In myself.

 

The year is what we make of it so let’s make 2016 a good one.

 

So readers, tell me do you have New Year resolutions? What are your resolutions for 2016?

Exercising And Looking Good While Doing It

 

 

Let me start off by saying I’ve never been a big fan of exercising. I’ve tried different forms of exercising from kickboxing to Zumba, pole dancing to jogging but have never found anything I’ve stuck with longer than two years. There’s also the sweating factor and my hair getting dirty and that’s just an inconvenience.

I got a big surprise when I had a blood test to find my cholesterol was a bit too high. It wasn’t high enough to be of great concern about but my doctor recommended for me to cut out the bad food and to start exercising. I’m only 28, I didn’t think I would have to worry about health issues like cholesterol till I was at least 50. Since I don’t like exercise and am very lazy, I found it hard to come up with an exercise plan I was going to stick too. I procrastinated and did nothing for a few months till I went bridesmaid dress shopping. I was aware I had put on weight as I don’t weigh myself but my clothes had become tight to the point I could no longer wear some of them. It’s such an awful feeling when you want to wear something and it doesn’t fit. So there I am, sitting on the lounge in the change room that’s bigger than my bedroom. In one hand is a glass of champagne and in the other the ten dresses that couldn’t zip up. As horrible as it felt it was the kick in the butt I needed.

I had this tutor in year 12 who tried ever so hard to get me to study. He suggested I buy a new desk lamp or stationery something that would entice me to sit at my desk. So if you haven’t already guessed what I bought to motivate me to exercise I bought new gym clothes!

I discovered Elsa Active on Instagram and I fell in love with all the colourful patterned active wear. There is something about patterns and colours that just makes me happy.

 

 

CHANTELLE 14

 

 

Wearing the Ambra Short Sleeve Top in medium by Abi and Joseph. It comes in a range of colours. The material is gorgeous and so comfortable to wear.

The Dreamcatcher 7/8 tights are full length on me because I’m so short but this doesn’t bother me at all because I love the feel and the shape they give me. These are also by Abi and Joseph, wearing medium.

This year I will be ready for summer and I’ll be doing it in style.

Are you ready for summer? Do you enjoy exercising?

Trying To Find Balance

 

At school, I was the type of person who struggled with time management and always left school assignments to the last minute.  I was so good at procrastinating, that I tried to find a career where procrastinating was a skill requirement.  As I’ve gotten older I’ve had to learn to be more organised, so that I don’t stress out and let things get the better of me.

Anyone who has worked on a project that’s close to their heart knows the feeling of relief and joy when you finally cross the finishing line months later than you had anticipated.  I created a new blog and started from scratch again – a fresh start and a new direction.

The blog is the first thing I have accomplished for myself … by myself.  I am proud of what I have created, it gives me a feeling of accomplishment.  Naturally I want it to blossom and grow.  Nothing blossoms and grows without constant TLC.  There are quite a few elements of blogging; of course there’s the writing, photography, social, networking and the dreaded technical side.  All these elements need time, with trial and error.

Last week was a bad week for me on the technical front.  One of my pages got hacked which I only discovered because my friend had pointed out. My email subscription and comments weren’t working (which might have been my fault for fiddling around with things but we won’t tell the IT guy that).  The guy uninstalled my spam plugin so now I have 1000 pending spam comments.  I was ready to loose my shit.  The problems just got worse as the week went on. I’m an impatient person I want things fixed straight away. I’m not a reasonable calm person when I’m stressed.  Even Oprah can’t save me when I’m in that state of mind.

When I wasn’t drowning with technical issues, I was absorbed in Twitter, reading tweets from the pro blogger event.  So it wasn’t a surprise when I got into trouble for being constantly on my phone and not paying attention.

It was true my mind was elsewhere.  Does anyone else struggle to shut off their mind?

I knew I could either do two things.  I could hide away from the rest of the world with my phone and laptop and be left to deal with my problems and get a lot of stuff done and probably eventually end up lonely.  Or I can try and manage my time better so that when I’m out I’m not worrying about the tasks at hand or thinking about ideas of what to write.  I know I need to find a balance so I don’t become more mental than I already am.  The silver lining of last week was being approached to become brand ambassador (super exciting can’t wait to show you their stuff) but half of the fun of receiving exciting news is being able to share it with someone else.

So readers, do you struggle with time management?

Maid Of Honour…..I Got This!

 

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When my friend from school asked me to be her maid of honour I was so stoked.  This was going to be so much fun. I have never been a maid of honour before but I love organizing and weddings and I was confident that I could help her and make the whole experience memorable.  I think my words were, I got this!

Rachel isn’t my first friend to get married so I had a little idea of what I was getting myself in.  Brides to be change their minds about what they want frequently, just because they want something today doesn’t mean they will want it next week.  Brides to be can justify anything they want bad enough for their special day, no matter how much it is or how unobtainable it is by simply saying the famous words “How many times an I going to married? once”.  Everything for the wedding has to be perfect.  The words beautiful, elegant and perfect are used a lot.  If the bride to be doesn’t have love hearts in her eyes it’s not making the cut.

I went wedding invitation shopping with Rachel.  We walked into this shop, it was massive with walls covered in wedding invitations.  It was so overwhelming there were so many to look at.  The shop assistant said to pick out three you like and put them on the counter and I’ll give you a quote.  The first challenge was to pick three out of one hundred to chose from.  Than Rachel was informed if she buying less than a hundred invitations she can’t chose any from this wall and because she wanted to allow six weeks RSVP the invitations on this wall couldn’t be made in time.  We left the store hating all of them.

I love shopping, I really really do love shopping and not just clothes shopping all types of shopping.  Food shopping, shopping for socks, infusers and cactus but I’m not loving bridesmaid dress shopping.  Trying on dress after dress, dresses that have so many layers, dresses I couldn’t work out the front from the back. I tried to embrace it by having fun after all it’s not everyday I get a whole shop to myself and get offered champagne.  Normal shopping just doesn’t cut it anymore.  Its like I’ve flown first class and now have to go back to economy.

What I really disliked the most about bridesmaid shopping is I couldn’t zip up most of the dresses I tried on.  Isn’t it the worse feeling when you don’t fit into something you know you should?  It infuriated me so much that I made a vowel to myself that I would not buy anymore clothes till I lost a dress size.

I’ll keep you posted, watch this space.

 

So readers, do you have any advice to give me on being a bridesmaid?