30 December 2018

Highlights From The Past Month | December 2018


What a month it has been! December is always the busiest month of the year but nothing can ever prepare you for what's to come. Festive parties & events, trying to get all your ducks in a row for the New Year & then of course gift shopping & organising Christmas. December highlights are very festive orientated because this time only comes around once a year so your girl likes to make the most of it! 

Family & Friends
By far my favourite time throughout December is spending quality time with friends & family. It's always my favourite thing about Christmas. Christmas has been tough ever since my family lost my Nan & Pop so together we share happy memories & laughter to help get us through. I think it's a given, but I would be so lost without my friends & family & I definitely wouldn't be where I am now without them either. 

Christmas Festivities 
I'm sure a lot of you know by now that I work with children so we had a lot of Christmas activities going on throughout the month. We were getting crafty in the kitchen with a variety of Christmas cookies but we also made a variety handmade Christmas cards & Christmas decorations. I'm pretty convinced that I enjoyed myself more than the children did! 

Christmas Gift Shopping 
I'd so much rather give gifts than receive them! My favourite part about Christmas is not only being able to spend time with family & friends but also giving those I love gifts. I see Christmas as an opportunity to show appreciation for all their love & support throughout the year. Being able to put thought into what each individual might enjoy is definitely one of my favourite things to do. 

What are some of your favourite festive times? 

B x 

25 December 2018

Merry Christmas!


And that's a wrap! Other than a couple of highlights & favourites posts, we've reached the end! I wasn't able to post as much as I hoped throughout December but I hope you enjoyed none the less. 

Thank you for all your support & lovely messages throughout 2018! I'm so incredibly grateful!

I hope you all have the best Christmas regardless of who you're spending it with or what you're doing. Be grateful, be kind & have fun! 

I'm looking forward to having some time off & spending it with family & friends. 

B x 

18 December 2018

Seasonal Skincare Lineup | Summer Edition


I'm keeping my skincare routine pretty simple this summer with products that I've used before & I know that my skin love. But nothing beats a simple yet effective skincare routine, right? Chances are you've heard me talk about some of these products before but I'm a creature of habit & if somethings working well I'm going to keep using it. 

Removing your makeup properly is so important. I swear by this cleansing oil & have gone through quite a few bottles of it. It leaves skin feeling clean & instantly hydrated. It's made with 100% pure grape seed oil means that it's not going to irritate the skin & is safe to use around the eyes. Removes makeup so easily & doesn't leave you with a greasy mess to clean up afterwards. Highly recommend if you're looking for something new or different to try. 

Definitely not a surprise for anyway but I swear by this product. It's mean in my skincare routine now for a solid couple of years & I don't think I'll be removing it anytime soon. It leaves skin feeling clean but not dehydrated. Tea tree has fantastic antibacterial properties which is great for imperfections & keeping skin clear. It's a great everyday facial wash. 

Again, probably no surprises here! St Ives Facial Scrubs are some of my favourites. They have a variety of exfoliant strengths which you can choose from as well as some really gorgeous scents. The reason I think I keep going back to the St Ive Facial Scrubs is because while they help remove any dirt or oils on the skin, it doesn't dehydrate my skin at the same time, which I've found some scrubs & exfoliants to do. They also don't just have facial scrubs, they also do other face & body products which I'm really interested in trying sometime soon. Keep an eye out for a wee review. 

Now this is a new product to my routine & I'm really enjoying using it. With mineral-rich carrageenan seaweed extract & rose absolute properties, it will help tone & balance the skin. Rose absolute will help reduce any redness while patchouli oil is cooling & refreshing on the skin. I'm actually running pretty low on this product so I guess that's an indication just how much I love it. 

When it comes to keeping my skin hydrated this summer I'm using a couple of different products. Almond Oil is a life saver for dehydrated skin. It's something I put on my skin at night & get let it do it's thing. It leaves skin feeling hydrated & plump. The other product I've been loving, as per usual, is  Simple's Hydrating Light Moisturise. I'm sure you've seen me go on about it before but it's such a gorgeous product. It's light on the skin, soft & hydrating. Seriously just love this product. 

I'm going to leave masks for another post where I'll chat all about the ones I'm loving at the moment & that have been helping my skin. Keep an eye out for that one if you're interested. 

B x 

13 December 2018

Empties/Declutter 005


I haven't done one of these posts since 2017 so it's long over due. There isn't a long list of products purely because this is just the products that I'd repurchase again. I felt like that if I were to do every single product then I'd probably have a list twice the length of my arm. 

These are products that I have tried & enjoyed using. I highly recommend that you do your research into products you're interested in trying & remember, that what product I love & that work for me, won't always work the same for others. 









Manicure Miracle Growth Cuticle Oil






B x

11 December 2018

What's On My Christmas List This Year . . .


Just a quick post from my today but usually at this time of the year I would usually put out a couple of blog posts with a variety of different gift ideas but this year I thought I’d do something a little different. 

As a child my Christmas we were always & still are spent with family. And as I’ve gotten older I’ve realised that all I really want for Christmas is my family to be together but more than that, to be healthy, safe & happy. To me, Christmas is about so much more than gifts & the food especially now that I'm older. 

All I'm asking for this year from Santa is a happy & healthy family. 

So I guess this post just serves as your friendly reminder that while getting gifts & get yummy food is great, also remember to share laughter & create good memories with those that are around you too because that what really lasts forever. 

B x

9 December 2018

Budgeting For The Festive Season


Financially, it’s never easy around the ol’ festive season but I want to chat today about some of the things we can all do to take that pressure off. We want to be enjoying the festive season & not stressing about how we’re going to clear the ol’ overdraft. 

Where You Can Cut Back
It’s a classic, but instead of grabbing a coffee every morning on your way to work, take your own cup in & save yourself the coin instead. Same goes for lunches. Make extra dinner the night before to take into work for lunch the next day. Another thing to think about is canceling classes & give at home workouts a go instead. It’s a busy season & so if you feel like you’re not going to be able to make an exercise class because of other events or maybe a massive hangover then cancel it in plenty of time to get your money back or just ease back on the exercise classes if money is tight. Cut any magazine or app subscriptions. More often than not subscription services & products are often direct debits that slip out of your account without much notice but take a look through your statement to see if there are any that you can cancel or put on hold over the festive season. 

Budget
It’s the party season so of course with all the festive gigs coming up in your diary, it would be completely understandable to want to invest in new occasion wear for every event, but try to stick with just the one & change it up with jackets, shoes & accessories. Another good idea would be to make a list of all the events you want to show your face at & from there try & budget how much you think you’ll spend at each event. At least this way there won’t be to many big surprises, if any. 

Save Your Christmas Pennies
Secret Santa is something I do with my family & friends which definitely helps cut costs but still is really enjoyable. Homemade gifts if something else to have a think about. Gingerbread or truffles are easy on the budget but also a really lovely touch. Look for discount codes when online shopping as well. Never make a purchase without doing a quick google search for a discount code, you might just save yourself more than you first thought. 

B x 

6 December 2018

Rest, Repair & Recover | Summer Evening Routine


My summer evening routine is probably one of my favourites. It’s still light & warm outside when I get home from work. I can sit outside to eat my dinner with a cold beverage & just rewind from my day. So my evening routine is pretty minimal but still has all the essential parts to it to make sure I’m taking adequate time for myself so I’m able to recharge my batteries. 

My evening routine will more or less begin as soon as I get home. This time will vary especially if I have an event to go to at night. 

For this post I’ve split my routine into four major parts. This is how I like to break down my evenings to ensure that I’m still getting things done but it has those important relaxing aspects to it as well. 

Dinner & Tidy Up 
Dinner are usually pretty easy during the week as I tend to meal plan. So after having dinner, I’ll do this dishes & then a quick tidy up of the house. If you didn’t already know, I function best in a clean & clear space. So I’ll take about 20 minutes to tidy up & put away anything that might have got left lying around. 

Shower & Skincare
Probably one of my favourite parts of my evening routine is taking off my makeup & jumping in the shower. I’m someone who will normally shower at night time so during this time I’ll also wash my hair if need be, brush my teeth, shave & complete my skincare routine. A hot shower & skincare routine is the perfect way to relax after a long day, well I think so anyway. 

Journal & Plan 
Next up is journaling & planning. Journaling & planning are actually big stress relievers for me. Journaling at night helps me take everything from the day, from my mind to paper. If it’s sitting on paper it means that it’s not sitting in my sub-conscience causing all kinds of trouble. Planning is very much the same. If I can go to bed with a rough idea of what needs to be done tomorrow then I know I won’t get up frantic in the morning worried that I’ve forgotten an event or appointment. 

Read & Mediate
Another super relaxing part of my routine is this reading & mediation section. I’ve always loved reading but as I’ve gotten old I’ve struggled to find time to fit it into my day. So incorporating it into my evening routine means that without a doubt I should be able to get some reading done, even if it is just a page or two. The mediation portion is also really important to me. I feel like it goes hand in hand with the journaling aspect. Mediation allows me to finish my day in a calming & positive manner. Regardless of how my day has panned out, I rely on my mediation to bring me back to a calming & positive space. 

B x 

4 December 2018

How To Decompress When You're A Busy Bee


I feel like I write post like this, or of the similar context, every couple of weeks but stress is one of those things that I feel is important to check-in with regularly.

It’s got to that time of the year where ‘busy’ just doesn’t even begin to cut it. ‘Busy’ just doesn’t seem like a word which really sums up just how packed in with schedules, errands & various social events we are at this time of the year. We really need to think about inventing a new word for that one. 

While we think about that one, here are some ideas on how to decompress tonight & over the weekend. Okay, so they’re pretty obvious ones but hopefully they’ll serve as a gentle nudge; a friendly reminder that you’re allowed to set aside some time for you so you can fill up your glass of energy. I’ve thrown in some personal suggestions below but of course, adjust where necessary. 

ORGANISE
This one is extremely applicable to me but might not be such a stress reliever to those who aren’t so anal & organisationally obsessed like myself. However, if you find yourself grinning like a wee bit of a weirdo at the appearance of paper notebooks, new stationary & a feather duster then this point might be worth some consideration. Personally, I know that when I’m feeling stressed that it’s not just normally mental clutter but also physical clutter too. I normally stick on some music, had a good beverage & get my tidy on. Of course, I stop for regular dance breaks because why not? Sometime it’s the act of tidying, whilst feeling like I’m being just a little bit productive that chills me out. I know, I’m an odd one. 

SOCIAL BUTTERFLY
 Well I’m not the most sociable person at the best of time, but at this time of the year I do try to make the extra effort. I’m someone who restores their energy from being alone and then spends it when I’m around others, whereas for some that situation will be switched around. That doesn’t mean that I find being around others stressful, as always I leave feeling the complete opposite. But December is the month where I vow to myself to make a bit more effort whether that’s with a simple message via social media, sending a card in the mail or a good ole coffee chat. Taking time to do something small like checking in with those I love & care about is a really great feeling. 

WRITE
This isn’t going to be a universal stress reliever but for some of use writing is a was to decompress whilst actually getting something done. I find wring a blog post a very relaxing to do list item. If I’m having a day where my brain feels like it’s constantly buzzing without an end it sight, I turn to tapping out some blog post drafts. Or I’ll write thank-you cards or even journal. Perhaps you fancy yourself an author so if you do, put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and get scribing. Or maybe you just would like to write a friend a letter. How nice would it be to receive a handwritten letter every now & then. 

THE OBVIOUS CHOICE
Of course, it’s the most obvious choice here is to stick on Netflix & to attach yourself in a semi-permanent way to the sofa. I definitely ain’t mad about it. Sometimes getting engrossed into a new TV series is the only way to get my phone out of my hand & I’m okay with that. The one series I’ve really enjoyed as of recent was The Haunting Of Hill House. I was able to finish season one in about a week. I thoroughly enjoy it & definitely think it’s worth the watch if that’s your kind of thing. If it’s not your kind of thing, that’s okay! There’s definitely plenty to choose from on Netflix. 

B x

2 December 2018

2018: November Favourites


November is a funny ole month. We're all excited for the festive season but at the same time we can't believe the year is almost over & we want time to slow down just a tad. None the less I have just a few new favourites to share with you. 

MAKEUP & SKINCARE
Kiss Rejuvenate Nail & Cuticle Oil 

TECHNOLOGY
iPhone X 

BOOK

YOUTUBE

TV SERIES 

What are some of your favourites from November? 

B x 

22 November 2018

Rise & Shine | Summer Morning Routine


For me, routines are an important part of any day. Naturally, my routine is what sets me up for any day, physically & mentally. There are several parts of my routine but the idea of it comes from Hal Erlod’s Miracle Morning. Hal Elrod has done an incredible job of creating a simplistic yet effective steps to creating the ideal routine and that's exactly what I was looking for. 

There are six main parts of my routine & they reflect the Miracle Morning. Each letter of ‘SAVERS’ stands for a part of your routine. 

Silence
Taking two minutes of silence to just catch your breath. Set intentions for the day. Mediate, pray & be grateful. 

Affirmations
Encouraging words you tell yourself to help you achieve your goals for the day. To help you overcome fears, to achieve your purpose.

Visualisation
Vision boards. Imagining yourself doing each talk or step needed to get through the day. 

Exercise
Exercise gets the blood flowing so opting to do even a few minutes of exercise as part of your morning routine is so beneficial. Yoga & stretching is my favourite kind of morning exercise. 

Reading
Newspapers, books, magazines, blogposts or articles. Through reading you can learn positive thoughts, ideas & knowledge which can help to get you motivated. 

Scribe
Write, draw or doodle. Expressing yourself through writing or drawing is a great way to process your thoughts, reflect & inspire yourself. 

Of course we can't forget the other everyday bits & pieces like making my bed, having breakfast, brushing my teeth, completing my skincare & makeup routine, doing my hair, getting dressed and feeding Sylvie. 

B x 

20 November 2018

Summer Reading List | Laura Jane Williams, Roxane Gay & Arden Rose


It's the middle of November, it's raining and it's cold but I still have a little bit of hope that summer is just around the corner. This summer I have just a couple of books I'd like to read. They've been on my to read list for some time now & I think this summer is a better time than any to get them read & ticked off. 

If you've read any of these books, let me know what you thought of them!


"In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of colour (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (GirlsDjango in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.
Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny and sincere look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better."


"It's Jack's birthday, and he's excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real - only him, Ma and the things in Room. 
Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside . . . 
Told in Jack's voice, Room is the story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible. Unsentimental and sometimes funny, devastating yet uplifting, Room is a novel like no other."

"When the man Laura Jane Williams thought she'd wed dumped her and married her friend, she was devastated. Empty. Drinking too much, sleeping around, and moving from place-to-place in a refusal to put down roots, she tried to fill the void - the gaping hole - that heartbreak had left behind. She wanted control. To grab life by the balls. To live boldly. But, she rapidly learned it wasn't that simple.
Resolving that life couldn't go on as it was - that the backlog of men and sadness that haunted her would not define her - Laura declared a year-long vow of celibacy, ultimately finding herself in a Riviera convent as she slowly put pieces of herself back together.
An honest exploration of a young woman's soul and a road trip through Italy, America, Paris and...Derby, BECOMING is a book that makes you laugh and makes you cry, but most of all? It makes you realise that even when the going gets tough, no one is really f*cking up like they think they are."


"In Almost Adulting—perfect for budding adults, failing adults, and eaters of microwave mug brownies—Arden tells you how to survive your future adulthood. Topics include:
Making internet friends who are cool and not murderers, flirting with someone in a way to make them think you are cool and not a murderer, being in an actual relationship where you talk about your feelings in a healthy manner??? To the other person??????? Eating enough protein, assembling a somewhat acceptable adult wardrobe when you have zero dollars, going on adventures without starting to smell & how sex is supposed to feel, but, like, actually though?

By the end of the book—a mash-up of essays, lists, and artwork—you'll have learned not only how to dress yourself, how to travel alone, how to talk to strangers online, and how to date strangers (in PERSON!), but also how to pass as a real, functioning, appropriately socialised adult."

B x


15 November 2018

Lush: Celebrating #transrightsnow | Inner Truth Bath Melt


November 13th kicked off Transgender Week of Awareness, a week of celebration of transgender and gender diverse communities. To coincide with this, Lush has launched a campaign called the Transgender Visibility Campaign. It's designed to provide visibility to & stand in solidarity with transgender, non-binary & gender diverse communities. 


During the campaign Lush will be selling a limited edition bath melt, Inner Truth. All sales of the product will be directly donated to Rainbow Youth & InsideOut to support their work in securing trans rights. 


I write this post with the hopes that you will go either to your local Lush store or jump online to support our New Zealand transgender & gender diverse communities. Very small bit helps & it's incredible campaigns like this that will help get awareness & visibility out there. 

Thank you Lush for creating a campaign so powerful. 

Regardless of how we identify as individuals, at the end of the day we're all the same on the inside. 

B x 

9 November 2018

A Note On Happiness


Happiness is something that can always be found and it’s something we can’t just expect to be there. I’ve learnt that happiness is something we’ve got to constantly work at and I’m okay with that.

That past few years have been so up and down with my health. Mentally and emotionally. I’ve felt like I had flickers of hope in there somewhere but they’re been blown out as quickly as a lit match to the wind. 

Today I woke up with a migraine but I’m seemingly still feeling extremely grateful and happy. 

So instead of fearing the next flicker being dimmed, I’m relishing every last second. Soaking up every ounce of health running through my veins, every inch of happiness and every grateful thought. That I wake up every day to only take another breath, to love the people I do, to enjoy day to day rituals and to witness some of the best moments of my life. 

I’m grateful that at my lowest points I still manage to find my way home. Home being myself. 

I’m awake for what feels like the first time in ages. 

And so this, this post is for the times when the flame has gone out, to let not only me but also you, remember that day like these will always come around. 

For how can we feel these glorious highs, without those desperate lows? 

B x 

7 November 2018

2018: October Favourites | Skincare, Makeup & Books


June was the last time I wrote up a favourites post but it feels long than that. I haven’t tried a whole lot of new goodies since June. With moving, starting a new job & settling into life in Christchurch I just simply haven’t had the time. But with that being said, I do have a few products & books I thought would be worth mentioning. 

All products & books mentioned will be linked for you to do your own research but remember I wouldn’t talk about anything I didn’t truely love. In the way of products, what works for me, may not necessarily be the best for you so I highly encourage you do your own research. 

Books

Food

Skincare

Makeup

B x 

31 October 2018

Five Highlights From The Past Month | October 2018


After an unannounced blogging hiatus, October was the month I hit the ball rolling again. October has been an absolute pleasure. It’s been productive, relaxing & crazy busy but I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. 

Hitting Deadlines
I’ve been hitting a lot of deadlines this past 4-6 weeks & it feels so good! The closer it gets to Christmas & the New Year the busier life begins to get so to be able to meet deadlines is something I’m going to celebrate while I can. 

Term Three School Holidays
Some of you may know that I work at an Before & After School + School Holiday Programme. School holidays are definitely some of our busiest times of year, especially because in the holidays we operate for 9-10 hours per day rather than 5 hours during school term. It was the October holidays for the first two weeks of the month & we all had an incredible time. We had picnics, went Ice Skating & to our local Zoo. The kids did stone carvings out of Omaru Stone & made door stops from recycled teddy bears. Not only did the kids have a fantastic time, but us staff members definitely did too. 

Film - A Simple Favour
I walked out of the theatre wondering what I had just seen. It was definitely not what I was expecting when I read it was a  thriller. None the less, I realised pretty quickly that while it wasn’t what I expected, it was one of my new favourite films. I think if you’re going to watch ’A Simple Favour’ go into it with an open mind. Expect anything & everything. Don’t let the word ‘thriller’ put you off, neither let it raise your expectations. I just don’t know if ‘thriller’ is the best way to describe the film. Blake Lively & Anna Kendrick are incredible actress’ but when you put the two together, you have an unbeatable duo. Paul Feig, director, has done a fantastic job at selecting the cast & writing a fascinating story line. Because I don’t want to spoil the film, I’ll simply just leave the trailer linked here for you to have a peak at.

Haircut
So this one is more of a September highlight but I never got around to sharing it here. I CUT MY HAIR OFF! While my hair is still considered long to so many, it definitely isn’t for someone who has had hair down to her butt for the past 4+ years. My hair now sits at my boobs, so there is a significant difference. I’m loving my ‘short’ hair & while I was nervous about it to start with, it’s quickly become one of those things I wish I had done sooner. 

2019 Bullet Journal
I can’t believe it’s the end of October already. The fact that I’m setting up collection pages for my 2019 Bullet Journal is a little surreal. I’m really enjoying setting up all the spreads & bits I want to keep track of next year. While I’m excited for 2019, I’m sad that 2018 is coming to an end. But we’ve still got two months left & I’m so ready to make the most of the last two months of 2018. 

B x 

23 October 2018

Mental Health Awareness Month


I’m a big advocate for mental health as many of you will know. And while Mental Health Awareness Week was from the 08 October until the 14 October I believe we should always be willing to have open conversations about mental health as a whole. 

Some of you will know about my personal struggles with mental health & how I came to be where I am today. I don’t want this post to directly be about my personal struggles, that’s for another time but I just want you all to know you’re not alone. Whatever it is you’re going through, whatever it is you’re struggling with, you’re not going through any of it alone. I can’t stress that enough. 

I recommend talking about whatever it may be that’s on your mind & if you’re not talking about it, try writing about it. Those two things may be two of the hardest things you’ll do, I know it was for me, but I can’t even begin to tell you how much better I felt when I started talking & opening up to my therapist. Please remember I’m definitely not qualified in any of this, I only speak from personal experience.  

B x 

16 October 2018

Don't Leave Your Wellness Routine Out In The Cold


The transition from short cold days to long warm ones can test even the strongest of us. And as we change seasons, we can’t leave our wellness routines behind. If you’re wanting to change up your wellness routine then now is a greater time than any. Five of my favourite rituals could easily become apart of your new wellness regimen. 

Moisturise
I’m the worst person to talk to when it comes to moisturising my body. Seasons rarely change without having havoc on our skin. The most notably being dry and chapped skin. Finding a rich body butter or moisturiser is quickly become your best friend. The Body Shop produce some of my favourite body products. Their products are hydrating and continue to keep skin hydrated for up to 24 hours.

Hydrate Your Lips
Dry and chapped lips is one the worst feeling ever. Chapstick has the most gorgeous Natural Papaw Lip Balm and it might just become one of your favourites. Natural + hydrating + natural oils & shea butter = AMAZING!

Get Your Greens
A tried and true favourite. Getting your green is a serious wellness punch. Regardless of the time of the year, you need your greens. Boost your immune system and keep your body full of the good stuff. One of my favourite supplements is ‘Good Green Stuff’. Its a powder full with over 75 nutritional ingredients. It has a potent  blend of selected fruit, vegetables and herbs - with added vitamins, minerals, probiotics, antioxidants and other essential nutrients. It’s brilliant and so versatile.

And for anyone who struggles in general with the change in seasons, take some time for yourself. Have a cup of tea, take a breath and take some quality time for yourself. You’ll get there and back into your routine in no time. 

B x 

11 October 2018

How To Up Your Productivity Levels In The Mornings


Rewind to this time last year ago, I had my morning routine down packed. I’d wake up at around 8AM, have breakfast and get myself ready and then tackle the day. That was all well in good until I came across one small problem. I was running out of hours in the day. Naturally, I tend to be more productive in the evening but I wanted to switch things up and develop a routine that allows me to at least get 8 hours sleep and gets me ticking off tasks before the standard work day even begins. 

Going To Bed Earlier
It’s a simple one but even just going to bed a hour earlier should in theory make it easier when your alarm goes off the next morning. I like to be in bed no later than 10PM and lights off at 1030PM. If I was to stay up past 11PM, the next day I’d be an absolute horror to be around. If you find it difficult to go to bed any time before midnight, slowly start going to bed 5 minutes earlier until you find a time that works best for your routine. I’ll also go ham with the bed time rituals; a hot bath, face mask and essential oils. Treat yo’ self! 

Fool Your Brain
Snoozing my alarm had become a habit I needed to break. The thing with snoozed sleep is that it isn’t good quality so I’ve been attempting to break the cycle. To do this I started going to bed earlier but also allowing myself an extra 15 minutes in the morning. That way I still get my extra sleep and it’s actually a proper good slumber. 

Do What You Need To Do To Wake Up
There’s lots of guides out there on how to curate the perfect morning routine and the one thing that sticks out amount them all the most to me is the suggestion on mediation. Mediation is great, don’t get me wrong it’s lovely to just have a moment to yourself but it’s just not something I can be doing first thing in the morning. So, for that reason I preach that you do whatever the hell you feel you need to do to wake up and to start your morning in the right way. Whether that might be reading a magazine, scrolling through social media or even a simple workout. Okay, it might not always be the most mindful but sometimes when you’re struggle to wake up, mindfulness is the last thing you need. 

Take Time For You
Instead of multitasking by inhaling your breakfast while checking your emails with your spare hand, take 20 minutes to just sit and eat your breakfast. That’s it. Allow yourself to just focus on one thing at a time. Listen to your favourite Podcast, have a YouTube video or the radio playing in the background. It’s actually really nice to just take that time for yourself while slowly working your way into a busy work day. 

Write A List
It’s really as simple as it seems. I don’t know where I’d be if I wasn’t writing down all the little bits & pieces that needed doing in my life. If I don’t have it written down, I promise you I will forget. I start each day curating a list of all the bits and pieces that need doing. I’ll pencil that to do list around any appointments and events for the day so I know where everything lies for the day. I’m left with a rough idea of how my day will play out and I’m able to see what I’ll be able to achieve. 

B x

9 October 2018

19 Before 2019


’19 Before 2019’ is a goal setting challenge that you can participate in to make sure that you end your year on a high. It’s a chance for you to tie up any loose ends, in preparation for the New Year.

Lisa Jacobs is the original creator of this goal setting challenge and it’s one I’ve been participating in over the past couple of years. It’s a fantastic way to keep you focused as the year comes to an end. 

I would prefer to keep my ’19 Before 2019’ goals private this year but I wanted to create a wee post about it to encourage you to get involved & to finish 2018 on a high. 

B x 

4 October 2018

How To Kick Overwhelm TO The Curb & Eliminate Stress


Do you ever find the topic of conversation with your friends or even acquaintances, about just how damn busy you are? Yeah, you’ve been there? It’s like we’re participating in a competitive sport. The bottom line is we’re all overworked, stressed and overwhelmed too. We’ve all got a load on our plate, whether you’re a mum of two trying to juggle school schedules or need to fulfil a client-set deadline, with two days to go. Our tasks on our plates are spilling down the sides and I totally feel you. On my current plate I have deadlines, projects and long work shifts. I’m possibly the busiest I have been in a long time but whilst feeling okay with it all. I’ve actively been trying to dial down the overwhelm that I’d usually associate with this kind of busy and I think it’s working. 

These tips aren’t going to be realistic or applicable for everyone but just incase one might click for you, I thought I’d share how I’m currently kicking stress and overwhelm in the ball. 

More Hours In Your Day
I get that not everyone is a morning person, because once upon a time I wasn’t either. Being up earlier and having the time to complete my morning routine allows me to set the day off on the right foot. Starting my mornings like mentioned above, means that my mornings are going more productive than ever, even when mornings tend to be my least productive time of the day. For example, I would wake up at 6am, get straight out of bed and have something ticked off my list before I even had breakfast. I still aim to be working at 6pm in the evenings but allowing myself to have that morning period of productivity means am allowing myself to get shit done, plus it’s helping to ward off stress thanks to the extra couple of hours I’ve given myself. 

Actually Getting It Done
I often hear people talking about how they just feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. When we’re feeling that way, you’ll often find the procrastination is our best friend. It settles in and before we know it, we’re watching Netflix. Often that fastest way to minimise & ease the feeling of stress is to actually get something done. It could literally be anything. How much better would you feel at the end of the day if you had ticked off two or three major tasks off your list. You’d go to bed with the feeling of contentment rather than overwhelm. When I don’t know where to start I often pick a couple of the easier tasks, just to find my flow. Then once momentum has picked up, I’ll go for something I’m dreading. More often than not, those tasks that I was dreading, they were easier to complete than I had first thought. Combined with some extra time and a planned break or two, stress doesn’t even have a chance. 

Time Away
With extra time in your day I would recommend scheduling in a short break or two. I use to never do this because I was worried that if I stopped for a break, I wouldn’t get my work momentum back. But in reality, pushing myself to hard all day was doing more damage that what it would if I was to take a small break. I just had to approach it in the right way. While trying not to burn yourself out completely, it’ll help stop overwhelm creeping in when it’s not wanted. Schedule time to have fun. Don’t worry about what you haven’t got done but instead be proud of what you have. 

B x