Rewiring our thoughts

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 make it 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’… πŸ™‚

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.

Loooooove. To a wonderful week. Tully x

My Cooloola Great Walk experience!

Early last week I arrived home after completing the Cooloola Great Walk with two really good friends. The great walk is 102 kilometers over 5 days. We walked from Tewantin (just out of Noosa, Queensland) to Rainbow beach. You can walk vice versa but I LOVED finishing in Rainbow as it is probably one of my favourite places in the world. The walk was lengthy, tough, mentally and physically exhausting, blister ridden, beautiful, challenging, scenic and blissful all in one. It was a JOURNEY thats for sure. I am so so glad we did this, it’s really important to get out of our comfort zone sometimes. Below is my Cooloola Great Walk experience as well as a few reccomendations, enjoy!

DAY 1

We started at roughly 9am on our first day and staight away went to the DOC hut to get ourselves a lil map so we wouldn’t get lost(we didn’t!). We took the barge over the Noosa river for $1 and started walking from there. This was just over 2k from the start of the walk(we wanted to get extra steps in, JK). Majority of the first day was all along the beach which was so exciting and gorgeous for the first couple of hours but this ended up being maybe 10k walking of the flat sand and our feet definitely started to feel it. After the first 8k I would totally recommend to get off the coast and head towards the sand dunes to follow the track from there as the post with the orange arrow is quite hard to find here. On this note I also wouldn’t take advice from anyone on the beach. North shore is a really busy and populated area with loads of cars and people. The amount of comments/questions we were getting from 50+ year old males(wankers) were unsolicited and we really didn’t need a debrief from people that hadn’t actually had any experience in what we were doing LOL. We couldn’t wait to head inland and get away from civilization πŸ™‚ this was a 7.5 hour walk day and we walked 22k. We made it to our first camp Brahminy at 4pm and IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL! We were the only ones there which made it even more special. Our view from the camp was the ocean to the right and lake Cootharaba was on the left. It was so so pretty.

Brahminy camp night 1

Every camp was very basic. They have a few platforms which is more of a common area, to be able to cook food, leave your bags on etc. as well as a water tank, and a toilet. There are absolutely no showers or trash cans.

We slept well the first night. It was probably one of the coldest nights we had and we slept with our food in our tent which we soon realised we wouldn’t do again as there were rats that found interest, LOL. Speaking of sleeping arrangements. My friend and myself shared a tent and I’m glad we did. She carried the tent the whole time, buff bish. And needed the body heat. The coldest it got was probably 9 degrees, cold for us though. I had a sleeping bag as well as a liner(cheers mum) and the liner really helped with warmth and comfort. I also slept on a compression mattress(cheers dad) and its bag turned into a pillow. Very simple but effective set up. Next time I’d probably invest in a better quality/smaller sleeping bag IF I knew I’d be doing more of these kinds of adventures and I’d take a better pillow as we had quite long sleeps. There definitely isn’t a whole lot to do once you’ve eaten dinner and the sun goes down. We were in bed by 6 and up at 5.30 most mornings.

DAY 2

The second day was most likely my least favourite as there was unexpected incline and it just felt like a long day getting used to the weight on our backs(mine was about 13kg) and so much walking. It did have stunning views of the coast line which was amazing but again was a 7.5 hour walk day including a lunch break. Campsite number 2 was Litoria and was on the Noosa river but felt kinda swampy so was probably my least favourite campsite of the trip. The only time we shared a campsite was this night with two lovely local ladies. We only saw 3 people over the WHOLE 5 DAYS and they were all female, up the chicks.

Whenever the walking felt hard I found myself snacking. Snacking or talking would take the pain away from us thinking about our feet LOL. Snacks that we took and I would recommend are: snakes, trail mix of nuts, banana chips, mnms, dried fruit, we made heaps of bliss balls which were the best thing ever. They were heavy but did not get sick of them, they gave us such great energy. You also really want to have all of your food in big clip seal bags due to the fact there are no trash cans so what you take in you have to take out. We did a really good job with our rubbish and kept things really minimal.

Walking the sandpatch on day 2
So many different terrains

DAY 3

This was probably one of the most enjoyable days on our hike as it was only a 15k day and we made really great time. We arrived at camp just after lunch and once again had the place to ourselves. The trek this day was soooo breezy and cinematic. The trees swayed the whole morning, it was beautiful. Considering we had the time when we got to camp we decided to walk to a nearby lake that was 5k return. I am glad we did this simply because we HAD the time but don’t know if those extra steps to go and visit Lake Cooloomera which was basically a pond with no access was worth the energy LOL. It makes a good story now. A friend said this was ‘decompressing after our walk’. Walking, walking and more WALKING. I feel like most hikers on this track do head here- hoping for somewhere to swim! We slept more or less downhill at Litoria camp so we didn’t get alot of wind this night- had a really great sleep.

Hiking to Litoria camp

DAY 4

This morning we woke and watched the sunrise with mocha’s as well as had a stretch, best start to the day! Day 4 was another 20k day that I was lowkey dreading but we had a great pace on us and it went fairly quickly. It was another 7 hour walk day but threw in a few podcasts and dnms and the hours flew. We saw heaps of cool mushrooms this day. Day 4 had a bit of a Cairns rainforest vibe to it. Super lush, green and tropical. We arrived at the fourth camp feeling relieved and happy to rest our feet but Kauri walkers camp wasn’t the best on the track and we didn’t overly struggle with mosquitos on the track but they were bad at Kauri. We made a team decision to walk a few extra K to some water that we’d heard about. Best. Decision. Ever. This was our biggest day yet at 26k’s but it was so rewarding getting to go to sleep and wake up where we did. Camping under the stars this night was the best end to this adventure.

Home for the night

DAY 5

We were all STOKED to wake this day. We’d almost completed 100k! We knew we had a short morning which was so motivating. We started quite early and got to the sandblow overlooking Double Island and Rainbow Beach by 11am. It was so strange seeing other humans again. Getting to the sandblow felt like such an achievement! Once you get to the carpark which is where the hike ends you still have to walk into town which isn’t far but feels like a kick in the guts when you are SO READY to take your shoes off. We went straight to a cafe and treated ourselves to coffee. I cant even explain how good it felt to shower that day, drink something other than tank water(a freezing cold beer) and sleep in an actual bed with an actual pillow! I was so proud of myself and my friends and there is no one else I would have preffered to have had this experience with. As cliche as it sounds- it’s amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to it. Some mornings EVERYTHING hurt, but we just kept going. And I think this is where having supportive mates on a hike like this really helps out. Couldn’t and wouldn’t have done it without them. Mindset and the people we surround ourselves with are two of the most imporant things, ever. Also kudos to our bodies for their resilience, day in day out. If you are after an overnight hike and really want to challenge yourself while viewing some of the best coastline our country has to offer- do the Cooloola Great Walk πŸ™‚

Recomendations:

  • I personally loved starting from Tewantin rather than the other way around. Especially starting with a bigger day the first day. Im sure north to south is just as stunning! I had been told to start from the north due to the sun but the sun really wasn’t a problem
  • Speaking of sun- we were very sun smart. Zinc every morning on our faces and upper bodies as well as sunglasses and we all wore hats
  • I took three sets of clothes and this felt like plenty. One longer sleeve shirt was great for bigger walking days to protect my arms from the sun
  • Three pairs of good hiking socks was enough. They dry super quickly and we hung clothes out as camp most nights
  • Dehydrated meals are tasty. I’m sure we could have eaten mud and thought it tasted amazing post massive walk days but they were really good. We took the brand Outdoor Gourmet with 2 servings per packet and had these for dinner everynight
  • Oats are a winner for breakfast. Filling and can change them up each day with PB, protein powder, nuts, dried fruit, hey even a bliss ball!
  • Downsize your bag as much as possibly. The three of us packed so well considering we hadn’t done anything like this before. None of us took anything we didn’t use. Don’t double up on anything! It’s a waste of space.
  • In terms of hygiene- baby wipes were an absolute delight to have with us. Hand sanitiser. Deoderant and a toothrush were the extent of my cleanliness. Don’t do this hike if you’re afraid of getting dirty and smelling. I repeat: there are no showers.
  • We had a ripper first aid kit(shoutout Ranger Rose). You can’t take too many bandaids/blister pads. You’ll need them. If anyone had any blister avoidance tips I would love to hear them
  • Invest in good socks, they are worth the money. I got half merino and half bamboo! So comfortable and breathable
  • Take something to add to your water. BCAA’s, or something simular to give you energy and change up the standard tank water taste
  • You’ll need water purification tablets. This is an easy process and rather be safe than sorry
  • Have SOMETHING downloaded on your phone. A show, music playlist, podcast. This really helped me.
  • A 2L bladder of water was personally enough for myself for a day
  • Water and food are the heaviest additions to your pack and these two things are totally necessary so reduce weight if you can with gear/clothing
  • A poncho is really handy to take(shoutout TC) if it rains or to wrap your pack in overnight. Every night was super dewy
  • May was such a great month to do this hike. I don’t think I would enjoy it as much in summer. The mornings were so snug and comfortable. We really didn’t sweat a whole lot
  • What you take in you must take out. DO NOT LEAVE ANY LITTER BEHIND. This is one of the most pristine areas I have ever come across. It needs to stay this way. Be smart before you leave and pack in as little rubbish to your pack as possible before hitting the track
  • Take a head torch, these are helpful
  • Something like tea or hot chocolate is really lovely to pack also for cool mornings
  • We took a jetboil to boil our water for our meals and it was wicked. If you can afford one would recommend. So compact
  • Take a pair of shoes to wear at the camp. You don’t want your feet in boots anymore than they have to be. I took lightweight thongs and i’m so glad I did because I even used these on the track when my feet needed a break
  • Next time I’d take an essential oil spray or something simular to freshen up clothes, bedding etc
  • I would invest in a good quality and compact caming pillow for 4 nights on this track
  • A friend took a flask of rum and this wasn’t necessary but put a bit of pep in our step when we were feeling flat
  • Take bathers to swim in Lake Poona, it has white sand all around and is so beautiful!
  • Obviously let a few people know that you are doing this hike prior to leaving
  • Don’t listen to dickheads on the beach that haven’t participated in this walk
  • Take a rain jacket- just incase
  • I took a 40L backpack and this was a great size for me
  • Hiking boots with ankle support are a good idea as tghere is some incline/decline
  • A piece of string to use as a clothesline is super helpful
  • Giant clipseal bags will be used
  • Keep an open mind and appreciate the simplicity
  • JUST ENJOY IT!
Epitome of the CGW
So lucky to have had this experience πŸ™‚

Lets talk about satisfaction

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 πŸ™‚

Until next week x

A recipe you need in your life: SWEET POTATO BROWNIES

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!

Ingredients:

  • 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.

  1. 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
  2. Transfer sweet potato to blender and puree, may need a splash of milk of choice or water to get a smoother consistency πŸ™‚
  3. Add ALL ingredients to mixing bowl, using sieve for everything in powder form. Mix everything really well. Should be quite a thick paste!
  4. Line tray with baking paper, place mixture in tray + sprinkle with choc chips.
  5. 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!

Have a wonderful week x

Needing podcast recomendations… read this

Listening to a (good) podcast is most likely one of my favourite activities, they’re informative, mood lifting and you can multi task while tuning in. Keep reading if you’re a podcast fiend like myself!

My millenial money

I’ve spoken about this one previously, there aren’t many episodes that I skip. They are generally under 1 hour so it’s very easy to stay engaged. There’s also alot of humour involved which brings light to a topic(money) that majority of us find scary/ don’t like to talk about too much. The host Glen James is an Aussie from Newcastle, I personally love listening to Australian’s talk over any other nationality- for obvious reasons. I’d say the demographic for this podcast would be roughly 18-45 but such a good alrounder and it has so many great tips and tricks to use in the financial world. They also release new eps 2-3 times a week, winning. 10/10

Do you f**king mind

This podcast is ran by a chick in Sydney, Alexis Fernandez who studies neuroscience. It’s basically a podcast all about mindset hacks and what is actually going on in the brain during different situations, substance abuse, decision making etc. She’s so knowledgable and the whole podcast is backed up by SCIENCE, it’s not just Joe Blow and his opinions- which I find alot of podcasts are these days. Her episodes go for a little more than an hour, there is more advertising now(boo this always happens- but gotta hustle and make money right) and again i’d say a younger demographic would enjoy listening to her. Alot of her podcast is breakup stories and how to move on etc which isn’t personally relevant to me(maybe will be one day, lol) but can imagine this would help out a few listeners! 9/10

Happy hour

This podcast is my favourite. Two chicks that own a label on the Gold Coast talk all things business, life in your 20’s + 30’s, not giving in to settling down, crazy travel stories etc. Very light hearted and makes you realise not to take life so seriously. Both being business owners they have alot of knowledge to give in terms of working for yourself, career advice etc. But they also have alot of fun inbetween. I just love all of the banter involved. New eps every Monday + Wednesday. 10/10

Better for it

Katie Williams runs this podcast and she basically has 20 min episodes based on challenges that professionals have set her over a two week period. I’d love to be doing more of that on this blog, so I find her podcast really interesting. She was an olympian so it’s all health related- from fasting to veganism, yin yoga, sleep challenges, zero coffee + booze etc. Really cool how she logs the journey. I like that these are shorter podcasts so they are easy to tackle while walking to work, during a lunch break or cleaning your room. A new episode weekly, possibly? Kinda spiratic. 8/10

Nothing much happens

I love this podcast if i’m not tired/ struggling to sleep/ on a plane. Kathryn Nicolai narrates this and she has the most soothing voice… ever. They are roughly 30 min listens and she says the story twice, the second time slower than the first. The vocabulary she uses is so descriptive and easy to invision. A beautiful, relaxing, feel good podcast. Possibly 1x release per week. 8/10.

What are your favourite podcasts!? Would love to hear them. To a great week! Tully x

6 Things that give me motivation to workout… when it is the last thing I feel like doing

Some mornings, afternoons and nights we really just don’t feel like moving our bodies- and that’s okay! We all have these days/weeks. But we all know that being active is good for our mental health and wellbeing. So here are six things that will hopefully give you motivation when you really need it- especially as the end of the year is near!

Go for a walk

Getting outside, coming into a good breathing pattern and getting our heart rate up can absolutely get us into a ‘workout’ state of mind, especially if you are listening to an upbeat playlist. Even if you don’t get a session in after the walk- at least you’ve done something!

Drink something that makes you feel like being active

This could be anything for you(pls don’t say redbull). Drinking anything that will hydrate you and tell your brain you are getting ready to move will make you want to move, especially if you take your time and mentally prepare. Coffee stimulates our mind, gets our digestive system going and gives us energy. A black coffee or shot of coffee is what you’d have if you were hardcore, I guess- but have coffee the way that you want to have it prior to working out. I’ve also been trying BCAA’s recently which is nice to have something other than water in the morning, its a passionfruit flavour- yum. BCAA’s stand for branched chain amino acid’s and are considered the building blocks for muscle recovery. They are filled with electrolytes and help with muscle soreness post workout. I’m still yet to see ‘results’ or ‘change’ with BCAA’s as I wonder if they are a little placebo driven but also- If a placebo works- it works. AND if you’re getting more daily movement/workouts in due to this, having an extra coffee, possibly a sweetner/sugar in a drink- then its so worth it in my opinion. Lemon water is also a good one or a homemade iced tea!

Get inspiration from Instagram

I’m sure our fave fitness peeps have these days too. Scrolling through a workout they’ve posted, blog they’ve written, looking at a pic of their bangin’ bod LOL will surely give you motivation. Just don’t keep scrolling. 10 min limit.

Music

Our go-to playlists always lift our spirits! Workout beats + tropical house workout are good playlists on Spotify

Use YouTube

YouTube has it all! Type in ’20 min arms’ and there will be a video of someone instructing you, music to keep your energy up and a timer. Plus it feels like you aren’t working out alone.

Try something new

We all get sick of the same sequences, exercises, moves etc so if you’re in a bit of a rut- try something new! If you are dreading lengthy/hard strength workout- don’t do a strength workout! Go for a light jog, do 15 mins of ab work, go for a swim, do a pilates YouTube vid(loving these lately). SOMETHING is always better than NOTHING. I also think having the intention is saying something in itself and even if you get through 10 mins and decide that’s enough- well done! Thats dicipline. And we’ll do better tomorrow! Lets not be so hard on ourselves, but also keep active through this busy, fun, exciting and indulgent time of year!

To a great week! Tully x

6 Self Care Tips

This year more than ever we are starting to value our health and wellness… well i’d like to think so anyway!

Here are 6 tips to put to use after a stressful day, an unproductive day and just about everything in between. “If you don’t do things to keepΒ your cupΒ full, you have nothing left to give or share withΒ others“. You deserve it.

  1. Take a bath

Probably something a lot of us millennials don’t do. But a warm bath with a candle, your choice of relaxing music and a few drops of lavender/some epsom salts/a good coffee scrub. Mmmmm. So luxurious. Even if its only 10 minutes. Warm baths lower our blood pressure, improve our circulation and help us fall asleep easier. Win, win, win.

2. Treat your skin

Whether you have a facemask at home, or if you don’t you can make one using oatmeal and honey, (cinnamon optional). Face masks make us feel like we’re at a spa. Go all out and add some cucumber slices to your eyelids. Lay down for ten minutes, breathe deep and laxxxx.

3. Listen to your body

Somedays movement sounds like the worst thing in the world. BUT 99.9% of the time we feel better after doing something. Take your dog for a walk(dogs are self care), stretch for 5 minutes, IF you feel like it do a workout. We are the ones in control of our bodies and doing something physical for US is a great start to self care.

4. Make yourself a nice drink

Get in the kitchen and create a beverage that you enjoy. For those of us that don’t have juicers, a nutrient rich elixir can be made by putting carrot, lemon + beetroot into a blender and then straining it with a clean cloth works a treat. Or some form of smoothie with nut milk, banana, something green, even cacao. I personally don’t think there is anything healthier than a drink like these. Go and sit in the sun and enjoy. Take some time out. (And if it really is one of those days, whip out that bottle of gin…. I joke… or do I…)

5. Write

This would have to be one of the most helpful tools in my book. Pun intended? Ever talk to a friend about a ‘problem’ and then realize how silly/overdramatic/insignificant that ‘problem’ really is? Yeah me too. I find the same when I write. Once these issues are on paper they seem very small. Express yourself in a few sentences, list things you’re grateful for, talk to yourself through your writing! I promise it’ll take the edge off.

6. Turn off your devices

Seriously, some days(myself included) we WAYYYY OVERUSE our devices/phones. Take a break. Scrolling is exhausting. Our poor eyes. Turn everything off for even a few hours. Read a book in the sun. Give yourself a foot massage with some coconut oil/essential oils. Go for a hike. Social media isn’t going anywhere.

Thank you for reading! I hope we’re all taking self care seriously during this time. The more we take care of ourselves ultimately ends up being more to give to others. All of my love!

7 Mood boosting morning habits

Implementing good daily habits into my routine have been an absolute savor for me during this slow/uncertain/semi-unemployed year. There are so many things that can make or break our day and starting our day ‘right’ makes a massive difference on our moods and productivity! Keep reading to find out 7 of the most beneficial daily habits for a twenty something gal-

  1. GRATITUDE JOURNAL

Being able to actually write down things that we are grateful for rather than just silently going over them in our heads makes a massive difference. When I write out my list in the mornings, (sometimes I will be grateful for 3 things and other times 20- depending on how I’m feeling). I feel a weight off my chest straight away, I just feel so happy automatically that I’m able to list things like “the sun on my skin”, “a bed to wake up in and make”, “a roof over my head”, “how loving and supportive my partner is”, “how lucky I am to have my parents around and the relationship I have with them”, “that I am able to pay my own rent”, “to have access to clean drinking water, all day everyday” etc… once you get writing, the list really can go on for ever. A massive mental health hack is keeping one of these babies and expressing yourself if you ask me!

2. YOGA

Can safely say yoga has changed my life. The breathwork, the movement and mindfulness of it all does WONDERS for our bodies and most importantly, brains. I have just started my 200HR YYT whoop whoop, so this has been keeping me busy also which is an absolute blessing and a half! Whether its 5 minutes in the morning or 50, it is all so beneficial. The mat is such a happy, positive place to be. Youtube videos like Yoga with Adriene(everyone has heard of this queen) are super helpful if you’re lacking inspo that day! Even putting some mellow music on Spotify and having a stretch feels so so good! Can’t speak highly enough of this beautiful practice.

3. MEDITATION

There is a reason that we hear so much of meditation and that’s because it is such a useful tool. I would love to say that I meditate everyday, but to be honest i struggle. I have recently set a goal for myself to meditate for 5 mins on my made bed when I wake up in the mornings. It is something I have to work on but the thought is there and I have intentions to gradually increase my timeframe as I become more familiar/comfortable with the practice! Happy people meditate. Mindset and perspective are everything.

4. BODY MOVIN’

Exercise is an absolute gem when it comes to boosting our moods. There is nothing quite like the post workout high. I must admit some days are SO MUCH HARDER than others. But I get it done and feel proud of myself for it. I generally do a 30minute HIIT/Pilates/Strength workout in the mornings that I have written up myself or again, YouTube! Kayla Itsines and Pamela Reif are great accounts for quick body weight workouts! If you have the space for a yoga mat you really can workout anywhere- no excuses. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

5. CALL SOMEONE YOU LOVE

This is another super important habit to get into. This year we need to be keeping in contact with our loved ones more than ever! It can be a friend you haven’ spoken to in ages or a sibling/parent. Call them, check in and tell them that you love them. Human connection is the most important thing there is, and again- so favorable for our mental health to have a vent/laugh/much needed conversation.

6. READ A FEW PAGES

I really feel like when I read I learn a lot. It can be a few pages or a chapter(I try to read a chapter a day). It can take our minds off unnecessary things, its time consuming and good for our brains. This can be something that you do waking up with your morning coffee or even taking a book to a nearby park. It really is a relaxing ‘habit’ that slows us down.

7. A WALK AND A PODCAST A DAY

Find a podcast that you really enjoy, I like My millennial money, Happy hour, KIC, Oprah and Do you F**king mind as I feel as though they are uplifting and informative. Podcasts also feel a bit like you’re having a conversation with a friend. Aim for half an hour a day(its so nice to get out of the house) Steps + sunshine + spontaneous learning = success.

“Create before you consume” is a quote I heard recently and I couldn’t vouch for it more! Instead of waking up and scrolling or putting on the news to get smashed by depressing media coverage at the very start of a fresh day- have a stretch, take in the sunrise on your balcony, read something, write in your journal, make yourself a nice drink and relax- take it all in, think positive thoughts and just how lucky you are to be here, another day alive and well! There isn’t much else we can ask for!

I have spoken about these habit trackers in a recent blog but a great way to stay on top of your good habits! Keep on fridge! Just google ‘habit tracker’

7 Things I learned during dry July

31 days of zero booze. Considering what has been consumed during this Covid period this was probably harder than normal. Is there anything better than a red during winter? Ooooooh aren’t we so lucky to have alcohol. So enjoyable and such a good time(when consumed with discretion :p)

In saying all of that though, it has been a really good detox. Something I want to avoid is burning out too early in life. I feel pretty passionate about health at the moment. I really want to take care of my skin as it ages and keep my body as hydrated as possible. Its pretty amazing how adaptable and resilient our ‘homes’ are- they deserve to be looked after.

1. You realise who your supportive friends are

This is definitely true. Hola to those that donated and gave me praise. I hope I’ve never made any of my mates feel uncomfortable due to not drinking, saying no to a drink etc. And I’m absolutely going to be more cautious of this now!

2. Drinking is expensive

SO IS SOFT DRINK!!!??? Lol, but yes alcohol is for sure double the price. It was probably a blessing not drinking during July as I definitely didn’t work a whole lot. It is crazy what they can charge at pubs for softdrinks, $5.50 for a soda water… suuuuuure. Had one or two fizzy drinks then i’d jump on the waters. WooOOoOo rager. It’s pretty insane that a few hundred dollars can be spent over a weekend on the piss.

3. Better for skin health

For myself, absolutely. I felt hydrated the whole month and skin was noticeably more plump. Alcohol really encourages the rosacea on my undereye area and adds some heat to my skin as well. Sandpaper lips vibes after a late night drinking. None of that in July.

4. Fresh mornings

I don’t really think I get horrible hangovers anyway, but the alertness every morning during the month felt great. Also slept really well majority of the month. I for sure have more of a broken sleep/earlier mornings when I am on the drink.

5. Better food choices

I think I remember just about everything I ate during this past month. Alcohol absolutely encourages my appetite (hate going out without eating) so i’d normally be having a big dinner and coming home with pizza 5 hours later. Health. Wealth.

Consumed less(crap) for sure, so many calories in certain beverages also. But hey its worth it every now and then.

6. More active

I have been using a habit tracker the past few months and its been really helpful when it comes to staying on track. 100% was more active as well as productive in July compared to the month of June. Only had 4 ‘less active’ days in the whole month and that’s pretty damn good for me!

7. Drinking activities are F.U.N

So many things are more enjoyable with a drink on hand. Full stop. and was still happy to be in a social setting without a drink. My partner and I did this together and im so glad, would be really hard not give in without the support!

If you’re thinking about it, do It- but have someone to join you. Drinking is a really good time and a very ‘social’ hobby. But it was also reassuring to know I am comfortable in a drinking atmosphere sober. Apparently our cells renew every 4-6 weeks. How cool is that. Alcohol free cells/body after a month, it really is so refreshing to take sometime off every now and then. It doesn’t have to be July either! Everything in balance brings us best results. Just being more consistent with the healthier side of things majority of the time πŸ˜›

5 Tips to save for trips

It feels kind of ironic writing a blog about something ‘finance’ related due to the ‘rona and being semi unemployed myself… lets ignore that though πŸ˜‰ here are 5 tips that have helped me save money QUICK in the past, enjoy!

1. MOVE BACK IN WITH YOUR PARENTS

If you’re wanting to save for a longer trip I would highly recommend this. The money us millennials spend on rent is CRAZY! So if there is a way to cut your rent in half(or maybe you’ll be lucky enough not to have to pay anything at all) definitely make the move. Even if its only a few months. Probably not the most ideal situation for most of us but hey- its only temporary. Parents are generally super on board when it comes to helping us achieve goals like this anyway, I know mine are!

2. START SAYING NO

Unfortunately, especially with funds; we cant have our cake and eat it too. We really need to prioritise what’s important, and in this case its having enough coin to feel secure going away with! Going out every weekend isn’t going to impact our bank accounts in a positive way. Just say no. Your true friends will understand. Obviously don’t become too anti-social, but being home means you aren’t spending money(also say no to online shopping). Suggest different ideas to your friends, do a workout in a park together rather than paying for a hefty spin sesh, go on a picnic, invite friends to yours for a few beverages, visit a free museum etc. Do anything but go out for food and drink.

3. PACK YOUR LUNCH

This does go hand-in-hand with tip 2. But I’d say in Australia its not often you could buy lunch for under $15. A standard 5 day work week you’d be spending $75 on food… that’s a zip lining tour in NZ! If you didn’t buy lunch during the week for 6 months you’d save $1,800… return flights to South America! You get my gist. It adds up. Lunches are so easy to make and generally a lot healthier than what you’d purchase out anyway. Less take out bought also means less landfill. Beneficial for your wallet and the environment. Sold.

4. WALK MORE

Whenever you can during this ‘saving period’ do whatever you can to walk from A to B. This may not always be possible depending on where you are living, climate etc. But walking costs nothing and is so valuable for our health. If you have the time try to avoid driving/paying for public transport/Uber. And I would say you’ll be doing a mass amount of walking when you head away so this will prepare you for what is to come. More walking= more time to listen to travel related podcasts like my millennial money. Exercising + learning = winning.

5. HAVE A BUDGET AND STICK TO IT

Probably the hardest task for us all… but probably the most rewarding. Sticking to budget you’ve promised yourself you’d stick to does wonders over time. Determine a realistic figure you can put away weekly, whether its $100 or $500. Just make sure you do this consistently. No if’s or but’s about it. Don’t cave for anything. It’ll be so worth it when you’re on the tarmac about to take off to your dream destination. You’ve got this!

What encourages you to save? What tips would you add to this list? Even ways to save money whilst travelling? Would love to hear πŸ™‚