We hear time and time again that our brains are plastic and can be changed/molded/altered at any stage. We are the only ones in charge of this. And by constantly repeating certain movments, thinking certain thoughts, spending time with certain people etc- our brains begin to be molded. You don’t have to spend too long with someone to start using their mannerisms, speaking the way that they speak etc. It’s incredible really.
When we think to ourselves, ‘I’m broke’, ‘I don’t have enough money’… how do we feel after that thought? Far from wealthy.
What about when we tell ourselves, ‘I’m unintelligent’, how do we feel… not smart thats for sure.
It’s pretty insane the impact that these daily thoughts have on us over our lifespan. This is why I truly think if you’re spending time with people that are contantly picking at your flaws, we start to believe them, even when they weren’t something that we were insecure about in the first place! Our thoughts have SO much control.
I remember being an 18y/o and looking in the mirror, thinking to myself ‘I’m just a bigger girl, its the way I am, I accept it’ thinking back to this it makes me SO SAD. Firstly it was so untrue, secondly I wonder if this was I statement I came up with or if it was almost offered to me when I was younger. Thirdly, self pity does nothing for us. I was absolutely not super over weight anyway, chubby sure. But what even is chubby, what is a bigger girl? Labels get us no where. Drinking too many sugary alcoholic beverages, over indulging all too often, big portions, very rarely moving my body is probably why I felt the way I did. I wasn’t doing anything to make myself feel like a healthy human being- thats for sure.
When you makeit an effort to meal prep, eat colourful foods and stay hydrated, you become someone that cares about what you put in your body
When you make the effort to go for a run, you become a runner
When you start to pick up a book before bed and read a few pages, you become a reader
Tell yourselves these things. Celebrate them.
‘We are what we eat, the company we keep + the thoughts we think’… 🙂
Lets catch ourselves out next time we have something unconstructive to say about overselves, because hey, this is something we all struggle with! Catch you self doubt.
An obvious one but we should all really be on this bandwagon by now. We need to be supporting local Aussie business’ to keep them going. Kevin Murphy and De Lorenzo are winners here.
Sulphateand paraben free
It has actually been de-bunked that sulphates and parabens in shampoos, conditioners and masques(with sulphates and parabens in their ingredient list) can seep into the scalp and become harmful- they actually cannot. So I don’t think this is the be all end all… BUT if something is sulphate and paraben free I would much prefer that option over something that isn’t. Less additives the better. I also find sulphate and paraben shampoo can make my eyes sting when washing my hair in the shower.
Value for money
Hair products have never been such an investment. There are so many different brands, ranges and varietys aka: alot of competition on the market. I personally wouldn’t purchase a $5 shampoo from the grocery store as I know it won’t perform like a $40 bottle of shampoo will. I will also never purchase a shampoo bar, eeeeeek. It may seem super expensive when you first purchase salon quality home haircare but lets say you take home a $42 bottle of shampoo as well as conditioner= $82. This should last you atleast three months as long as you arent over washing/over using the products. Less is more. It ends up being less than a dollar a day to be looking after your hair as well as protecting your colour. And you shouldn’t be washing daily anyway! I see value here a thousand times over. But then again its where YOU see value for money.
Performance in the product
Whatever home haircare you have purchased SHOULD be performing as it says it will on the bottle. If it is stating colour lock/longevity, hydration, shine, volume, colour correcting etc- it should really be acting this way towards your hair. Hopefully your stylist has selected the right range for you to be using and the product is doing what it says. Like any product on the market we do need to do some research/put products to test first, so patience may be required here. But talk to your stylist, pick their brains, ask for a sample to take home. We are happy to help!
We hear it all of the time, I’ll be happy when… When is when? I think its great to have goals to strive for but once we achieve these goals they really do only provide momentary bliss- then we’re onto the next… We’ve all been here and sometimes I catch myself thinking these thoughts and I nip them in the bud ASAP. Life shouldn’t be about yearning for something to happen or waiting until the day that we’ve finished this project, got that promotion or bought the car we’ve always wanted. We all know we’ll be craving something ELSE as soon as the honeymoon period of this accomplishment subsides.
How about we all just appreciate where we are. Who we are. We’re doing our best. And if we aren’t 100%, whole heartedly where we want to be in our lives right now- it’s okay. Whats to say we cant appreciate right now? Life is still good. We are living and breathing and hopefully we all have loved ones surrounding us. Life could be alot worse!
Lets keep chipping away and carving our paths. We’ll get to where we want to be, who we want to be there with and what we want to be doing with our time. Lets do more of the things we love, relish in our hobbies, spend more time outside and disconnecting from social media. And just be present. Because now is the moment that never ends. And we’ll never get this time back. Life is wonderful. Lets appreciate what we have, right here, right now 🙂
This is such a great all rounder life/self help/puts things into perspective book. Turia Pitt was caught in bushfires in Western Australia over 10 years ago and literally had to learn to walk again. She married the guy she was dating at the time, they have two kids and she is such a happy, positive and beautiful soul. I think she has two or three other books so I am going to get onto these next. Highly recommend.
The barefoot investor
If you’re Australian you’ve most likely heard of this book by Scott Pape. Scott and his family lost everything in the Black Saturday fires and had to start from scratch all over again. He has a degree in finance and breaks things down so simply, laymans terms for us that haven’t studied his field. There are steps/methods for everything he recommends and he also has a great sense of humour. Such a great read. I am going to aim to re-read this book once a year. A wonderful money bible for every household.
The happiest man on earth
Written by beautiful Eddie Jaku who was imprisioned in multiple holicaust camps and by some miracle ended up making his way to Australia. He is a public speaker as well as an author and just a pure inspiration. If you think you’re having a bad day- read this book!
I love any form of self help/development books. What are your favourites? I’d love some recommendations. Here’s to a wonderful short week here in Australia x
I love experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, especially desserts! To be honest, I feel like alot of plant based/healthier/minimal ingredient recipes taste just like that… really healthy. Which is fine! But these lil babies taste anything but! They are so decadent. I have made these for a few friends now and had really good feedback. And, not to toot my own horn- but they taste AMAZING! They are fudgey, dense and delicious. Plus they are full of ingredients that are good for our bodies! I do not feel guilty when the tray is gone a few days later. You must make these!
3/4 cup honey(or agave/maple to make plant based)
3/4 cup oat flour(oat worked for me but you could try almond etc)
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup plant based choc chips(+ more to sprinkle on top)
1 + 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
sprinkle of himilayan salt
1 cup peanut butter(I used smooth but use whatever you prefer)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3/4 boiled sweet potato
The easiest recipe in the world.
Put oven on 180. Peel desired amount of sweet potato, cut into cubes, transfer to boiling water. Cook until soft enough to put a fork through the potato
Transfer sweet potato to blender and puree, may need a splash of milk of choice or water to get a smoother consistency 🙂
Add ALL ingredients to mixing bowl, using sieve for everything in powder form. Mix everything really well. Should be quite a thick paste!
Line tray with baking paper, place mixture in tray + sprinkle with choc chips.
Bake for 20 mins! When removed from oven should still be quite soft in middle. This will set!
PS: feel free to alter measurements, not my skillset. ENJOY!
Having been in this industry for almost 10 years, something that I can absolutely confirm is- your hairstylist cares, alot!
I can’t say I’ve come across a collegue that doesn’t care about their work or their clients. In saying that though, It’s a tricky job and so many things are often overlooked. We need to be personable, have great communication skills, up to date technique, be able to basically read our clients minds in terms of the aesthetic outcome they are wanting- and these days that’s almost HARDER with all of the styled/edited/photoshopped hair inspiration photos that can be found on every social media platform! Yep, then we’re expected to recreate said look using the canvas infront of us. Hairdressing is a LOVE job. We hairdress because we thrive off human interaction and connection and because we want our clients to walk out feeling 1000 times more confident then when they first sat in our chair.
I don’t know anyone that hairdresses for the money. It’s not why we get into the line of work we do whatsoever. Hairstylists in Australia are still paid minimun wage, which is quite frankly fucked considering how much passion, love and hardwork goes into what we do. Everyday.
Your hairstylist doesn’t just care about you a lot, they think of you, a lot. The amount of times I think about my clients out of work. If I had a dollar… What recipe I’ll use on them next time, whether they were a hundred perfect happy with their last session etc… the list is endless! I feel like I think about my clients when I wake up and before I go to bed.
Your hairstylist cares, alot.
It annoys me when I hear people saying how expensive salons and the product they provide and educate their clients with, is. You get what you pay for. One more time for the people in the back. You get what you pay for. We spend alot of time with you and on you. Time is money. And once again, hairstylists aren’t on the best wages. So dont complain to us 😉 On another note, hair is something that you wear- every.damn.day. It is with you 24/7. I personally take pride in the way I style my hair, as well as the health and integrity of it. Hair is important and we are so lucky to have it. Not to mention the opportunities to chop, change and care for our hair. We are also very lucky to have loving hairstylists all around the globe that care about our requests and appearances as much as we do. Don’t complain to your hairstylist about spending $300 on your hair every 10 weeks. We’ve all spent more money on dinner and cocktails with friends in a night- I sure have. What is the price you’d put on confidence?
It’s all well and good if you don’t see value in spending money on your hair, I don’t see value in purchasing a harley- so i’m not going to invest my money into one.
Don’t colour your hair at home. If you’re mixing two products together as you’re colouring your hair at home, it’s a permanent- and that shit is really hard to get out of your hair. If you take short cuts like this attemping to get a salon result, you wont… and then you’ll really appreciate your hairstylist 🙂 but expect a heafty quote. Colour correction/removing colour from hair is a grueling, costly and lengthy process. Expect to pay for this.
Reminder: do not colour your hair at home 🙂
Bottom line. Appreciate your hairstylist. We love our clients, dearly. We really are so lucky to build relationships with such beautiful and trusting human beings that we can catch up with every few months. Be open with your hairstylist, if you aren’t satisfied/would like something tweaked- just call us. We would so much rather make it perfect for you then to have you go elsewhere. Sometimes communication isn’t quite recieved, we’re only human- we’re doing our best!
Thank your hairstylist. Send them an email telling them how happy you are. Recommend them to your friends. Give them a google review. Give them a hug at Christmas time(if covid allows this).
Here are 5 things I LOVED doing in one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations:
Eat at Salt House
We had the most amazing dinner here one night. The atmosphere, service and food was incredible. Everything I put in my mouth was so delicious. If you’re into seafood, this is the place!
Drive up to Kuranda
There are a few alternate options in terms of getting to Kuranda. There is a goldola, train or you can drive. We chose to drive and the 40 minute commute was unreal. There was so much to look at along the highway, everything was so lush- the whole experience was just devine. We walked around Kuranda town, there is a butterfly farm and famous markets but we were too late for both unfortunately. Next time. We did have a good amount of time at Barron falls though and highly reccomend. Cairns has alot of rain throughout the year but in January it was FLOWING, probably the biggest waterfall i’ve seen with my own eyes. Such a fun, nature filled and inexpensive day!
Visit Rusty’s markets
You can’t visit Cairns without attending Rusty’s. Its such a great market in the heart of town with an ABUNDANCE of amazing produce. It’s limitless what the locals can grow up in the FNQ area. I think they call this the golden triangle? It’s cheap, a great atmosphere, the food is amazing(visit the vietnamese stall- yum) AND they have the tastiest V GF DF banana bread. A friend raved about this so had to try, can confirm- scrumptious.
Swim at Babinda Boulders
This was probably my favourite swimming spot I had the pleasure of visiting in the Cairns area. We’ve all seen photos of these rock pools online somewhere. And I must say I thought they looked pretty different to what I was expecting, but SO beautiful none the less. I guess with the climate in Cairns and the wild weather they experience these places probably always seem a little different! Which is a bonus. Th water is so clear, very refreshing and the perfect place for a picnic!
Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
No matter what it costs or what the weather is doing for the day, get out on the reef. You travel for about 2 hours to get to snorkel/scuba locations but just being out on the water is pure MAGIC. There are so many colours, species of fish and it is all round such a great day. I loved it and would go out 100 times over. The food was so good on the boat also. Remember: suncreen.
Woah writing this makes me want to move up north… what a gorgeous adventure filled area of Australia! Can’t wait to visit again. To a wonderful week x
Breakfast should be both easy and healthy! You don’t want to have to think about too many steps in the morning and you want to start the first meal of your day with something balanced, energising and keep you eating well throughout the day! Here are five breakfasts that I incorperate into my weeks, I hope they inspire you! PS: the measurments will be rough, who has time to measure anyway. And these recipes are just guidelines- use what you have at home 🙂
G R E E N S M O O T H I E
You can literally add anything to smoothies, which I love.
A piece of zuchinni
One banana, I like atleast 4 chunks of frozen banana- so creamy
2x tablespoons Protein powder of choice
1 cup of milk of choice
Few chunks frozen pineapple- I also think this adds to the creamy taste
1 teaspoon spirulina powder
Optional- spinkle of psyillium husk, chia seeds, flax seeds, PB- anything you want to use up!
Blend everything and if needed add water as you go! This would be super easy to put in a bottle/jar and take with you on your way to work 🙂
C H I A P U D D I N G
Few tablespoons of chia seeds
1.5 cups of milk of choice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Top with frozen berries of choice!
Add all ingredients to jar, shake and ready to consume in the morning. I like to add coconut flakes, yum!
P R O T E I N O A T S
1.5 cup oats
1.5 cup milk of choice
1 x tablespoon protein powder
1 x teaspoon PB
Water if needed
Put all ingredients in bowl and microwave/stovetop for 90 seconds. Add water if needed. Top with coconut flakes, a drizzle of PB, cacao powder, pepitas or frozen berries. So tasty on cooler mornings!
L O A D E D T O A S T
Create your own sweet or savoury take on toast:
Pepita/sunflower feeds for added crunch
Salt, pepper and chilli flakes to season
Peanut or almond butter
Honey or maple
Sliced banana or strawberry
Pepita/sunflower seeds… for added crunch 😉
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Again, so simple, shouldn’t take anymore than 5 minutes to make and can alter to your taste buds. Plus limited washing up in the mornings.
A C A I B O W L
1 x teaspoon acai powder
1 cup berries of choice, I like blackberries
Sprinkle of flax seeds
1x cup milk of choice- less liquid the thicker the consistency, start slow
1x frozen banana
Few slices of frozen zuchinni
Piece of frozen pineapple
2x teaspoons of protein powder
Blend everything, transfer to bowl with spoon. Top with whatever your heart desires. Drizzle of PB, cashews, granola, berries, chia seeds. Enjoy!
What are your favourite, no fail, delicious breakfasts? I’d love some inspiration too. Have a beautiful week x
I saw this challenge on google and thought ‘this is so up my alley’. There is basically one challenge per day that barely takes 5 minutes. A really productive start to the day and is a push to get those little jobs done that we never get around to.
Purge your wardrobe
I love this one, and a perfect start! Even if its three clothing items- take them to your local thrift shop. Not only your wardrobe will be clearer but also your mind!
2. Clean your handbag
I liked this one too as I never get around to it. I even washed my bag. Felt really organised going to work the next day!
3. Toss out old socks
I LOVED this one too, why do we keep socks for such a long time? I threw a few pairs out and treated myself with 3x new, much better quality pairs! Wooohoo
4. Get rid of digital devices
I don’t understand the root of this question but what I took from this was… a day without social media. I’m already pretty disciplined as I wouldn’t say im constantly on my phone anyway and rarely sleep with my phone in my room. But this felt good.
5. Empty your wallet
This could also have a few possible meanings. I cleaned mine out and got rid of old cards. But it could also mean donate. I am going to donate $5 to Livin’ now 🙂
6. Write your best friends qualities
I wrote down my partners best qualities and it probably made me happier than it made him but its really cool to see what you love most about someone on paper
7. Write your best qualities
It’s funny that we struggle to compliment ourselves. A few things I appreciate about myself: I am a great friend, I am an optimist, I love that I care for our environment, I have good self discipline and I love my teeth and my smile(thx mum and dad :))
8. Write for 20 minutes
This was super lovely in the morning, whether its mumbo jumbo/ the spelling is incorrect it doesn’t matter because NO ONE is going to read it. I’d love to start a dream journal, maybe I’ll keep one beside my bed and attempt to write when I have wild dreams!
9. Donate old books
I love book swapping and donating old books. I wouldn’t often re-read a book so why not pass our favourite reads on 🙂
10. Ditch makeup for the day
Woohoo I love this. I wouldn’t often wear makeup when im not working but I would have stuggled with this years ago. I am now so much more comfortable in my own skin and that feels really powerful.
11. Meditate on your day
This day I went to a sound healing! It was auch an incredible experience. I have been working on my meditation parctice and it sure has paid off- being able to lay in a dark room for an hour! Highly recommend sound healings. The instruments sound amazing, I felt super rejuvinated and slept very well.
12. Spend time with loved ones
I’d like to think I do this daily/ when I have the chance but I made extra effort to call a few family members on this day. Life is all about the people we surround ourselves with and I feel SO lucky with my chosen ones <3
13. Write a gratitude log
Once again, I’d say I practice this daily but for today I wrote what I was grateful for and WHY. I chose matcha: lucky to have an alternitave that I enjoy other than coffee. My bed: it is so comfortable and makes me feel at home, and my family: lucky to be related to such loving, friendly and genuine people!
14. Evaluate your last 5 purchases
This was a cool activity. Doing this weekly would reduce a few spendings I think. Mine were: groceries, wine, a power bill, 2x festival tickets and a DiDi….. can you tell which were wants and which were needs, lol……
15. Stay offline for the day
Turned my phone off! Felt damn good. Should even start doing this 1 day per week
16. Don’t spend money for 24 hours
This felt great! Didn’t struggle at all. Would love to have a few days like this every week
17. Don’t complain all day
I attempted this over two days and tried to be really concious of my wording. I think this is a great thing to remind ourselves every morning!
18. Go without your phone
Turned my phone off for the day/ have been leaving it at home more. We’ve just gone into a three day lockdown so i’m going to have another phone free day during this time 🙂
19. Venture outdoors
Went on a hike with a friend! Never regret getting outside
20. Create a relaxing space
This day I put lavender my diffuser, cleaned my room and had a chill yoga sesh. So relaxing after work.
21. Re-evalute your to do list
Priorotised what is most important, and always get these things done first thing
22. De-clutter your storage
Can’t say I have alot to store, but cleaned out my wardrobe- again will be tackling a few cupboads over these next few days
23. Empty your junk drawer
Did this, why do we all have atleast one of these? How many pens does a person need?
24. Turn off notifications
I don’t have any anyway, woo.
25. Batch cook your meals
I had a Sunday bake day. I made a dhal, zuchinni and lemon loaf, granola and bliss balls. Feels good to have healthy snacks in the fridge.
26. Get all your errands done today
Got a few things done I’d been putting off- went to bed feeling super satisfied this day
27. Eliminate a toxic relationship
I honestly can’t say I have any toxic friends/relationships- and this makes me happy 🙂
28. Clear out your makeup collection
I did this with all of my bathroom cabinet, and it felt very refreshing!
29. Say no to something
I’ve been saying no to everything I don’t want to do this year 🙂 and it feels amazing