Tuesday, July 17, 2018

How to Be a Boss Babe Even When You’re Sick


I’m the kind of gal who is in “go” mode from the moment I wake up to the when my head hits the pillow at night. Giving 100% at everything I do, all day, ERRYDAY means that in a rare moment when I do stop to rest – sickness hits me. Anyone else or is this just me? 


It’s like my body holds up just long enough for me to get everything I need done and then it’s like “okay germs we have the green light to be sick, man your stations”.

Anyway, this just happened to me this week when I finally breathed a sigh of relief after getting my final grades back from Uni, felt like I had officially gotten our new home sorted, began a brand new fitness routine, started trying a new diet, was on top of everything at work, making MAJOR progress on a huge project I have coming out shortly and a million other things, you get the picture.

But basically I felt like I had my life together then…BAM…hit with the flu…like legit the flu-flu and not just a cold. Next thing I know I’m shivering under 863 blankets and feel like I’m on my deathbed. The doc tells me symptoms last 2 weeks so that…just great. Get your flu shots ladies! Your homegirl over here was sooo confident she wouldn’t get the flu I didn’t bother to get the shot.

Anyway, this post is all about how to be a boss babe even while being sick. Yes, it’s somewhat possible. Let me explain what’s been helping me this week:


Friday, July 13, 2018

How To Avoid Burnout and Stop Feeling Not Good Enough

Do you ever have a huge goal in mind? Something so huge that is seems unachievable…until it’s done. Then you just move on to the next thing, the next goal…without acknowledging how you succeeded in reaching the goal you just did or stopping to celebrate your accomplishment. 

I like to compare this to being on the money bars, swinging from success to success until you eventually fall off in an exhausted heap and have to climb your way back up again (also known as burnout). 


If you’re not going to stop and pat yourself on the back then who will? For me, without that positive reinforcement for a job well done I’m unlikely to feel fulfilled and I risk burnout. This is because without stopping to tell myself “hey, good job” (which I’m the first to admit, I rarely do stop and do this) then I always feel like I’m not doing enough or performing to a high enough standard.

The risk here is that the bar just keeps being put higher and higher so that every time you reach it, it moves from your grasp again. This constant state of struggle can fuel insecurities and keep you in a constant state of feeling “not enough”.

I’ll give you an example of this in my own life. When I graduated my bachelor from University, I hardly stopped for a moment to celebrate my success before I was already enrolling in my masters and aiming higher. Now it’s not a bad thing to want to be more and do more but it can be detrimental to burnout achieving so much only to throw yourself right back in there with no stopping to smell the roses.

So what do we do? In this post I’m going to be talking through some ideas of things we can do to celebrate our successes instead of keeping us in a state of being perpetually unsatisfied with our achievements. I’m not only writing this for those of you who struggle with the exact same thing but also for myself, as I am still learning to deal with this personality trait of mine.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

5 Books I’ve Read Lately #4 - 30 in 2018 Challenge Update


Well let’s see here. It’s that time again where I run you through the books I have read lately. My aim is to not only give you the down-low on if they’re worth the read but also share the key takeaways and lessons learned from me reading the book. 


So we are now half way through the year and I am kicking goals on my aim to read 30 books in 2018 because I’m already at 20! I’m shocked that I’ve read that much this year but at the same time, I feel like I’m always reading and numerous books at once so I suppose it only makes sense. Either way, I am really happy to be reaching my goal to read consistently and I can always feel the incredible benefits reading has brought to my life this year.

Friday, July 6, 2018

How to Realistically go to the Gym Everyday – 25 Classes in 30 Days



If you caught up with me on my latest ‘behind the desk’ update you would know that this month I have enrolled in a challenge with my gym to complete 25 classes in 30 days. 


Essentially requiring you to attend the gym every day, having only Sunday off for a rest day. We’re currently about a week in and so far so good.

Before you think I’m some crazy gym nut let me say this – I’m not an exercise fan and it takes me some serious motivation to get my ass to the gym normally. So this is a real girl guide on how to get your butt to the gym daily, because it ain’t easy!

There are still mornings I struggle to get up at 5am for my class and my boyfriend is nudging me awake trying to motivate me – getting up on dark and cold winter mornings is not pretty.

I’m also perpetually sore because my muscles aren’t over the pain of the last workout before I subject it to the next. Although I’m pretty sure this is a good thing - just not comfortable.

But anyway, here is what IS working for me right now.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Behind the Desk – Gym Challenge, Becoming a Uni Tutor and Home Décor

Happy July everyone! Now that we’re half way through the year it’s a fantastic time to go over your goals and track your progress. 


I have done a lot of reflecting over the past week to see what I have achieved and what my next steps are! It’s also a great time to outline any new healthy habits you want to pick up and think of like half year resolutions. I know I have done this and taken it to the extreme so I will get into that a little bit in this post.


Friday, June 29, 2018

My Favourite Winter Warmer Recipes

If there is one thing I love about Winter (and really the only thing since I much prefer warm weather) it’s the FOOD! I love comfort food and a good glass of red wine to accompany my meal in Winter. 


I thought I would share 4 of my go-to Winter recipes that really hit the spot in the cooler weather. I’m one of those people whoa re 10x hungrier in Winter than I usually am (so pretty damn hungry) and I crave rich, filling and nourishing foods. These recipes will leave you totally satisfied and warmed up.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Why You Need a Facial Ice Roller

So there’s this thing I keep in the freezer and just hope my boyfriend doesn’t find so I don’t have to explain… 


For the past 3 or 4 months I have been regularly using a facial ice roller every morning and sometimes at night. If you have never heard of their weird concept then let me help explain what it is because I originally thought an ice roller was like a circle ice cube and I was like…how does it not melt. It is kind of like a circular ice cube but more like the ones you would get back in the 90s made from plastic that you could refreeze but usually they were in the shape of sea shells or fish or something. But it’s a durable hard plastic.

So now you’ve wrapped your head around that one, or you already know what an ice roller is, let’s get into why I use one and all the benefits.


Friday, June 22, 2018

Why You Should Get Your Financial Sh*t Together and How To Do It

Studies show that financial stress is comparable to actual physical pain – ain’t nobody got time fo dat.

So it’s time to be the boss ass financial chick you were born to be and get your financial sh*t together - I’m going to share with you how I do it and how you can as well. 


We all know how good is feels to not only be able to financial support yourself and your lifestyle but also have the confidence of financial security behind you. I could talk about finances for ages because women taking control of their money is something I am so passionate about but I’m going to keep it to my core tips.

I’m certainly not a genius in the field but I can share what works for me and hopefully help you in the process. I am a huge believer that it doesn’t matter how little your income is, if you handle your money well then you can afford to live comfortably and stash away some savings.

Now I know there are certainly exceptions to this and life isn’t always as simple as that but, within reason, you should be able to put away a little each week (or however often you get paid) to go towards something you are saving up for or simply for the sake of having a financial safety net.

In this post I’m going to be talking you through the ways I handle my money, some are life changers and others simply small habits that reach big goals.



Friday, June 15, 2018

My Winter Bucket List - Rest, Hybernate and Recouperate

I’m extremely lucky living in Brisbane because although it’s Winter, it’s still not unbearably cold. Our coolest months at most make you say “maybe I should wear jeans today” or “it might be cold enough for a jacket”. 


Only on days like today it rains a ridiculous amount and you can be pretty cold if you get caught up and wet in it. So while it’s a terribly gloomy day here in Brisbane, it has inspired me to pull together a Winter Bucket List! These are all the things I would love to do over the next 3 months this year.

Don’t let this list fool you into thinking I’m lazy because the point of this list is to give myself permission to slow down over Winter and chill out for once. I’m the kind of person who needs a reason and permission to do that and I really want to avoid burnout this year so this is the game plan to recoup and hibernate over the Winter.

I definitely need a hibernation and recoup after a busy first half of the year finishing my master’s degree (that final project was so much fun but nearly killed me), starting a new job (always a rewarding but exhausting task to get into the groove of a new role) and moving house (settling in has been great but I would love to spend some more time at home). 





Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Books I’ve Read Lately #3

By the time I have gotten around to writing this post, I could almost give you another 4 books that I’ve read even more recently. Let’s just say that you will also have to tune in to the next edition of this series to find out. 


BUT these 4 books I read lately were amazing and I needed to tell you all about them. We have a couple of mindset altering self help books (some of the best I have ever read), an autobiography and Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest best seller. Let’s get into it shall we…


Friday, June 8, 2018

How To Get Clear Skin - My Skincare Routine

I have been skincare mad recently – like 10x more into skincare than I am into makeup. I’ve been making it a priority to stick to my routine morning and night so I want to share with you the products that I have found that really work for my skin. 


Prepare yourself for a long list of products! But I think this will be quite helpful because know that I have tried and tested SOOO much skincare in my time and these are the absolute faves that I know actually work! So you can easily trust that any product on this list is high quality and I have well researched / trialled on my skin.

Watch me apply my skincare routine on camera here or keep reading for the written version…


Monday, June 4, 2018

How To Pick Yourself Up When You Feel Unmotivated

Alright, I’m here with a vulnerable and honest chat with you today…using my genuine real life examples. Let’s jump in shall we.. 


I feel like I’m generally a really positive, upbeat person and I think that comes across here on my blog. It’s something I do really try and do to help uplift you as the reader and it is genuinely how I am the majority of the time. Seriously, my optimism is usually my biggest downfall and I am way too positive about some situations. BUT I feel like this might come across at times like I’m in this constant state of happiness and you don’t really get to see the whole picture. I have down days and times where I lack inspiration, fall off the fitness bandwagon or am simply dealing with feeling a bit “meh”.

Usually it’s for no real reason and nothing in particular has made me feel this way and yet I can’t bring myself to write or exercise or, well, just be my usual happy self. These sorts of slumps come and go in waves (it always dooesss...always doessss). Okay but seriously, they come out of nowhere and for no reason and I know a lot of you will relate.

For me, my biggest trigger of these moods is when everything in my life starts to calm down and become perfect. When I’m so used to going 100% then suddenly I finish that huge project at work, complete all my University assessment for the year and successfully move house…I get hit with this sinking “what now” feeling. I’m so used to jumping from one thing to the next that I don’t know what to do with myself when I’ve stopped to slow down. I want to tell you that in most circumstances it’s totally normal and there is no point beating yourself up over it…it honestly just makes it worse.