Thursday, March 22, 2018

Bedtime Hacks to Help You Sleep – Night Routine

They say a huge secret to success is getting good quality sleep. Although it does matter how much sleep you get, the quality is also seriously important and I have some tried and tested tips to ensure you get the best sleep of your life.

The best example of how important sleep is for your body is how you are after a long night of drinking. You know how you can wake up hungover and feel terrible?! It’s not just the dehydration from the alcohol but also that your body was unable to reach a deep sleep because of the way the substance affected your brain and body.

This highlights just how important getting good quality sleep is to how productive you are every day, mood regulation, energy levels and mental clarity.

In this post I have some really simple, practical and effective tips that take your night time routine from scrolling through Instagram then struggling to get to sleep for 30 minutes to blissful, relaxed LIGHTS OUT sleep.

Let's get into it...

Monday, March 19, 2018

Behind The Desk March - Bikram Yoga, Aladin Musical, Gallery Hopping, Fun Runs, Teeth Whitening and Sneaky Wines

I thought that March had been a quiet month but it was only when I started thinking about everything I had done this month in preparation for the BTD that I realised... it’s been a pretty hectic month!

I completed a fun run, picked up the new hobby of cooking, started Bikram Yoga, attended the Mind Body Spirit Festival and played tourist in my own city going to the museums and art galleries. Needless to say I’ve been keeping busy with work, JDC Marketing and University throughout the week but making full use of my weekends.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Items Boss Babes Carry Around - Things Smart Girls Keep In Their Purse

If you lead a busy lifestyle, more often than not you are probably on the go from one thing to a next.

Which means you likely live out of your handbag or car – I know the struggle all too well. Which is why I'm sharing the things I carry around that boost my productivity and leave me prepared for any situation I might face.

Read on for these top things to keep in your purse and be ready for any opportunity that comes your way whether it be sneaking in a workout, catching a lecture while on the go, spending more time reading, making business connections or taking care of your health.

Sunglasses and Lipstick
These two things can lift your confidence from 1-10 faster than you can say “omg is that the cute guy I met last week, I look like shit. Quick, hide”.

Monday, March 12, 2018

How Gratitude Helps Cure Depression and Anxiety

It might seem like a far-fetched concept to say that depression can be improved or anxiety can be helped by gratitude but it has basis that gratitude is good for your health. 

The meaning of gratitude put simply is making an active decision to be grateful for the good things in your life rather than focussing on the negative.

This definition also implied that gratitude is a choice that you make and if you practice it enough, it can become a habit. There are so many ways you can do this including a gratitude journal, affirmative quotes, a gratitude jar, journal app or book. The main reason I LOVE practicing gratitude is because it so drastically lifts your mood and can be perfectly explained in this quote from the one and only Tony Robbins.

"The antidote to fear is gratitude. The antidote to anger is gratitude. You can't feel fear or anger while feeling gratitude at the same time."

In this post we are going to run through easy and practical ways you can practice gratitude daily.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Is Uni Necessary? The Argument From Both Sides

With Uni back in full swing, it has made my schedule even more hectic than usual. I like to push myself through the struggle that is full time work, full time Uni and so many passion projects on the side by telling myself that it will all be worth it in the end. But will it?I find University to be extremely fulfilling and it's something that I'm good at but I'm in the third and final semester of my Masters and never before have I questioned the necessity of University so much until now.

It recently dawned on me that I was spending almost 40k on my masters. So while I never entertained the argument that Uni wasn't necessary because I truly saw the value I was getting out of it, it is now that I am beginning to understand the other perspective on this.

As such, it seemed like an interesting idea to examine the necessity of Uni from both sides. I am going to be explaining the opinion I have had for the past 5 years about University being an essential step (at least for the career path I chose) and my experience with the value I have received from the education.

I mean, in my experience yes getting my bachelor was worth it. Primarily because it opened me up to so many opportunities, including landing the new job that I have just started and am loving. But it has made me question if doing my masters is worth it, especially with the hefty price tag of $39, 600 for 12 subjects.

We all hear about the lucky ones who get their foot in the door while still in Uni or land their dream job without studying at all. I started my professional career in marketing during my second year of Uni so I do believe that not only my degree but also my practical experience in the field is what helped me land my current position.

In this blog post, we are going to explore two different sides of if University is worth it based on unique situations. This might be useful for those of you contemplating your current degree or tossing up whether to go in the first place.

I hope this provides some insight into the different experiences myself and my boyfriend have had with University.

I’ll be talking about my experience completing a bachelor and studying my masters. To authentically capture the other side of the story I have backups. My boyfriend, Josh, will go into his opinions on University as someone who is currently completing his bachelor. I want to be as concise as possible, which will be difficult because my opinion on Uni has shifted quite a lot, especially since starting my Masters.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Minimalism Monday - My Digital Hacks for Going Paperless

We live in an incredible digital age where we have never had it easier! In fact, the most complicated part about going paperless and not having to deal with the baggage of filing cabinets and excess note books is the excess of platforms to choose from!

So I thought I would share with you my organisational system which is completely digital baby and keeps me on track for EVERYTHING! Where I need to be, what I need to do, where I’m up to with projects and where all my important assignments/reports/files are not only stored but also backed up.

Are you ready? Let’s get into it…

Thursday, March 1, 2018

My Morning Routine - Tips For Waking Up Earlier and Becoming a Morning Person

You might not be a morning person but trust me when I say that you can be! As a former pro sleeping in champion, I definitely have some tips for waking up earlier and becoming a morning person.

I’ve always been someone who maps out exactly how late I can sleep in so I have just enough time to get ready…pushing the limits every morning on how long I can sleep for.

That was until mid-way through last year when I started forcing myself out of bed at 7am (that was early for me since I didn’t start work until 8:30) on the premise to exercise.

These days I’m jumping out of bed at 5:45am and can’t wait to have some time to myself before the day starts. I don’t even use mornings to exercise, I use them to centre myself and set myself up for a productive day with the right mind set.

If you find yourself struggling to find “you-time” or to work on a particular project, early mornings and definitely the way to go. You are pretty much making extra hours in your day and as long as you are going to be at 10-11pm then a 6am wake up time is not cutting into your sleep.  

If you find yourself saying things like “I don’t have time to meditate”, “I wish I could spend more time creative writing”, “I never get a chance to read” then waking up an hour or two earlier is what you need to do.

That’s enough of me trying to convert you into wake up earlier. See how I didn’t say “become a morning person”, because no one really loves getting up earlier but they enjoy the benefits it gives them. Now let’s get into my morning routine…

Monday, February 26, 2018

Honeycomb Ice Cream Slice Recipe

This is the recipe where I realised that I accidently made ice cream, a good accident mind you!

I was just blindly following this recipe to a T and when it came to eating the dessert…I realised I was eating ice cream. I definitely felt like a winner that day. Making ice cream turned out to be surprisingly easy…and seriously delicious.

I would 100% recommend giving this recipe a shot and even making a few minor adjustments based on your flavour preferences. For me this meant adding in walnuts for a bit of a crunch.

Friday, February 23, 2018

3 Easy Ways To Futureproof Your Body


None of us are getting any younger… But your body doesn’t need to know that! 

There was a time when we had to resign ourselves to the ravages of age, assuming that 
when the time came we would have to bear with grace and dignity. Fortunately, we know a lot 
more about the human body and how it works, as well as how we can make the healthy and 
sensible lifestyle choices today that will see us reap the dividends tomorrow. Here are some 
natural solutions to keep your body fit, healthy and youthful… whatever your age. Not only will 
you look fantastic, you’ll also keep your body in peak health, keeping disease and infirmity at bay.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Behind the Desk February - Febfast, Valentine's Day, Fun Runs, Bootcamp and more

A lot has been going on this month between Febfast where I have gone alcohol free, health regime changes, the new job and getting ready for the Mater Breast Cancer Fun Run.

It felt like January lasted at least 2 months and 3 weeks while February has just flown by and it’s nearly over! Considering I’m doing Febfast and haven’t been drinking, this early end to the month is much welcomed.

Let’s start with that…I have not had a drop of alcohol in February as part of Febfast, a charity where you donate the money you otherwise would have spent. The money donated supports youth who have a dependency on or addiction to substances. I did this last year also and wrote in depth about my experience here.

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Best Organisational Apps Guide

We all know how amazing living in the digital age is for those who love planning and being organised. But apps to keep you organised makes it that much better because it means that everything only takes literally one tap to access.

So I wanted to share with you the best apps I know of and use for organising my life, business, time, career, diet, passwords, wardrobe and more. Have your whole life organised on your phone, that’s my motto (not really, I just made that up but it kind of has a ring to it).

Alright let’s get into it then shall we…

Monday, February 12, 2018

3 Easy Minimalist Lifestyle Tips - Minimalism Monday

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about minimalism and my journey to living a minimalistic lifestyle! It’s definitely not because I have lost inspiration with it so I thought I would give you an update of where I’m at with everything and throw in some tips that have helped me along the way.

They don’t lie when they say that the state of your home has a huge impact on your state of mind and especially with my organised personality; if everything is organised in my house then everything is clear in my head and I’m able to work more efficiently.