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Here we are again, another thankful post – this time this one is different.

I am left speechless – I have no words.

I came across two blogs that I follow one posting a blog about The Mystery Blogger Award + another writing about blogs that they reccomend – they both said some very nice things about my blog, I am gobbsmacked.

The Anxious Traveller (Below is what she said about me) Bit blurry, sorry.

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Ingrid Madison Ave (Below is what she said about me)

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I am so grateful that my lovely subscribers have the time to post blogs & share lovely words about my blog.

I love hearing how my blog impacts others ❤

I do try very hard in relating my blog to my personal life, I love sharing with you all what I am going through within my own life.

I am so grateful for those that have been consistently supporting my blogging journey, I would be where I am if it wasn’t for you lovely people.

I am loving the amount of people that have joined the 21 Day Self Care Challenge, if you have missed it, you can still catch up, we are on Day Seven 🙂

August is a hard month for me so I am keeping very busy with my blog, going to the gym, having me time, reading lots, keeping busy w/ work.

Thank you to everyone that is constantly supporting my journey, whther its through comments, follows, advice, opinions.

You all matter ❤

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

What a Beautiful Sunday.

My heart + soul is at ease, I had the most amazing day yesterday (Sunday).

Rach + I spent our day together, I loved every minute of it – it was great to be outdoors (it’s winter here in Sydney Australia, however yesterday was quite warm)

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I woke up early bc I wanted to go to the gym before I went + started my day w/ Rach – I did arms + abs at the gym – I am starting to add new arm exercises to my workouts & I have to admit, I am liking it ❤

 

After I finished the gym, I ate some yoghurt, Chobani has bought out a new range where they add pieces + you flip them into the yoghurt.

As by the name, I saw Almond Coco Loco, I was so excited to try this flavour, I have tried others + they are amazing – I missed the BIG image of the coconut on the front + realised it was coconut flavoured yoghurt (I am not a fan of coconut) I still ate it though 😛

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I than went + got Rach & we started our day together, we parked at Brighton Le Sands + started our morning w/ a Skim Hot Chocolate & having a morning chat.

Rach brings such a positive vibe to my life, I am very grateful for her – she’s there for me when my brain plays ‘tricks’ on me, shes there for me to snap me back to reality & shes there for me to tell me to ‘GET REAL’ (Which is what I def need 99% of the time)

It was a little windy at the beach but don’t let that fool you bc Rach got a little sunburnt (Bless her!)

We went all the way past Ramsgate (which is a 9km walk both there + back)

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I was so shocked at how amazing the water looked at Brighton, it was crystal clear.

On the way back instead of walking upon the path, we chose to walk along the sand, this was so relaxing.

We did some cute drawing in the sand for our partners + sent them some photos.

Upon return all we could think about was BRUNCH! What to eat, where to eat, what drink to get!

Did I feel like avocado? Did I feel like eggs? Did I feel like bread? The decisions, deciding on food is one of the hardest decisions in life!

 

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We ate our brunch at Dezerts, a cafe that caters for breakfast, lunch, dinner + desserts.

The service there was amazing, we got our food straight away w/ no wait. I ended up going w/ smashed avocado, feta, cherry tomatoes + poached egg on sourdough bread. It was the most delicious thing ever! They gave so much avodaco #avocoma + also freshly squeezed orange juice (the juice was DELICIOUS)

Rach got a yummy big breakfast w/ a smoothie, hers looked amazing too!

 

 

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After brunch, we went into a bigger carpark in Brighton + I left Rach practive parking, she’s going for her licence soon, so I let her practice in my car – She did SO well.

We than went to Botany Bay National Park, + went for a stroll by the cliff, Rach had never been there + I really wanted to take her bc its a place that I really find peaceful.

We took some selfies, boomerang photos (check my instagram to see my boomerang)

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I truly had the best day ever, being outdoors is a real big thing to me + to literally spend ALL day outdoors, I felt calm & at peace.

Rach & I walked a total of 13kms + felt proud about it.

I can’t wait to do this again! I am planning a goal for the whole month of August to spend my weekends outdoors.

I pray you all had a lovely weekend, what did you all get up too?

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

 

 

A, x (1)

 

Make The Most Of Your Lunch Break

What pops into your mind when I say ‘lunch’?

Do you think of long, leisurely and possibly times with friends?

Or do you think of brushing crumbs off your computer screen as you eat a sad sandwich at your desk…  Again.

If your lunch is more like the second version, then take a read, because if you don’t take a proper lunch it’s having a negative impact on your health, productivity, and creativity.

It’s almost become the norm to skip a lunch break​, with only 1 in 5 people taking a proper break, yet a break of just 15-20 minutes has been proven to sustain concentration and energy, making it by far the better option.

Did you know a 15-20 mins lunch break has been proven to boost concentration, energy, productivity & creativity?

So if you run your own business or work from home, take note!​  It really is a false economy to work through.

But no one else takes a break….

If you’re employed and the culture is to work through lunch, you may be worried about possible negative consequences of taking a break.

 

What to do in your lunch break?​

  1. Eat​

It’s lunch, so you’ll want to eat.

Firstly, please don’t be tempted to skip lunch if you are trying to lose weight, it’s a false economy.  You are more likely to get over hungry and just grab anything.  Also, small, regular meals keeps that metabolism ticking along.

Choose a lunch which is nutrient rich rather than calorie rich – Salads in summer & vegetable based soups in winter. Make sure there is also some protein in there too, protein helps to fill you up, keeps you fuller for longer, it also helps to regulate energy release so you don’t get peaks & troughs in energy.

Also have a drink of water, most people are dehydrated most of the time, being just 10% dehydrated can have an impact on brain function!’

 

  1. Eat mindfully

When I work in an office, I’d eat my lunch early, mainly through boredom.  If I did manage to hang on till lunchtime I’d work and eat almost absentmindedly, snatching mouthfuls when I could.

When I reached my last bite I’d be shocked – okay, who ate my food?!?

Taking a proper break and eating lunch means you can really enjoy your food.  ​But why not go a step further than that?

Eating mindfully is basically the opposite of eating absentmindedly.  It’s about appreciating all aspects of the food – the appearance, the aroma, the feel, the texture, the taste.  It’s about fully experiencing each mouthful, chewing slowly.  Food becomes a pleasure again.

 

Mindful eating has many benefits: ​

Increased enjoyment of food as you properly taste and appreciate what you’re eating

Reduced overeating: eating more slowly allows your body to signal when your appetite has been satisfied

Improved digestion: Thorough chewing helps to start to whole digestive process off well

Mindful eating also helps if you have a difficult relationship with food: emotional eating, binge eating, yo yo dieting etc, as it encourages you to enjoy your food but recognise your bodys hunger and satisfaction signals.

Try it for a week.  Eat without distraction, and fully experience each mouthful.

 

  1. The great outdoors

Probably the most simple and effective thing to do is find a nice green space outside to sit and eat.  The burst of fresh air and being in nature will really refresh and energize you, not to mention a welcome hit of vitamin D.

 

  1. Meditate

If you are in a stressful job + need to control your emotions, thoughts & the anger… Meditate. I can’t stress this enough to those around me, meditating is amazing for the mind, body + soul.

 

  1. Walk

And after you’ve eaten, a walk – a slow meandering wander or a brisk purposeful march – will do you the world of good.  It helps to revive and re-energize, getting the cardiovascular system working which becomes so slugging sitting at a desk for hours.

Which is great, because I’ve heard that ‘sitting is the new smoking’ – meaning it’s so bad for us to spend hours sitting at a desk, so a walk – no matter how short – will ​give a much needed boost.

And again, you can incorporate mindfulness into your walk.  Allow yourself to become fully aware of your surroundings using all your senses – what colours are there, what sounds.  Can you feel the sun on your face, or the wind in your hair?  The scent of coffee bars, or the hot dog stand?

Being fully present in the moment is an amazing experience and helps to reduce stress.

 

  1. Listen

Phone make this so easy!

Listen to an Audiobook – there are 100’s to choose, from romance to thrillers and everything in between.  (Amazon currently has a 30 day free trial, so you can see if it’s for you – and get a free book!  Gotta be worth a try?)

Listen to a podcast.  Again, something for everyone, from comedy to decluttering your home.

Music streaming services like Spotify give you the chance to listen to new music, as well as the tried and tested faves you already have. Put together a playlist or listen to other peoples for new ideas and inspiration.  And of course, music has an enormous effect on us, so if you are tired and lacking enthusiasm, a playlist of banging tunes will pep you up for the afternoon!

  1. Read a book​

For pleasure or education, lunch time is the perfect time to read a chapter, and electronic readers like Kindle make it really convenient to slip into your handbag.  They also have the added benefit of 100’s of free books to download (which can also be downloaded onto your tablet).

Take a book to work, & read a chapter in your lunch break #MeTime

  1. Get crafty​

Indulge in your fave hobby.  ​

Concentrating on an activity give you a break from any other worries you may have, so is an excellent way to reduce stress. ​

Adult colouring books are very popular.  Shan Marshall, The Coloring Coach  says: ‘Colouring is great for lunch breaks.  Just pop a couple of pencils and a design in your bag or pocket and you’re set wherever you are.. Just a few minutes of colouring will help you let go and relax.’

Cross stitch, crochet​, knitting, drawing, jigsaw puzzles – all perfect for destressing.

 

​9.  Take a nap

If you have a staff room, why not take a nap.  A 10 – 20 min snooze will leave you feeling re-energized and rejuvenated.

The art of napping ​is a great post to help you get the most from a quick nap, and includes a great infographic.

 

  1. Write in your journal

Don’t have a journal?  Well, here’s the perfect opportunity to start!

There are many many benefits to journaling.

Journalling helps you learn about yourself – your likes, dislikes – because if you don’t know your needs, how can they ever be met?

If you don’t know what your needs are, how can they ever be met?

Journaling helps to takes the fog of thoughts and feelings and make some sense of them, helping you to find peace and clarity, because the more you can get out of your head, the less stress you will feel.  ​

All in just a few minutes a day.

 

  1. Make plans

​Holidays, days out, organizing your diary, planning a week’s menu and making a shopping list, planning a party, an outfit, a garden, a decorating project… all perfect to do in a lunch break.

 

  1. Online shop​

​So if you’ve planned your weeks menus but are like me and find pushing a trolley around a supermarket booooring, grab your tablet and shop online.  It’ll save you time, money – and you won’t be tempted by a delicious looking high calorie thingy on the shelves.

Word on the street is there are other types of online shops around.  Who knew?  Internet window shopping is fun!​  Internet actual shopping is also fun, but credit card bills are less fun 🙂

 

  1. Meet a friend​

​I love a lunch time meet up with friends.  A chat, catch up and giggle all make for brightening your day.

 

  1. Daydream

​We don’t often get the chance to do nothing, we are often chasing our tails being busy-busy busy.But a lunch break is a space in the middle of the day you have permission to rest, so is a great time to power down, switch off and daydream.  Let your mind wander to places you’d like to visit, things you’d like to do, where you’d like your life to be in 5 years time.

 

​15. Meditate

A lunch break is a perfect time to meditate.  If you are an accomplished meditator that’s great, but if not there are many guided meditations to try, anything from 5 minutes up.

 

  1. Stretch

Sitting for long periods isn’t good for us, so taking a lunch break gives you the chance to do a few stretches and free up your body.  Stretches to undo the effects of sitting all day ​shows some simple stretches you can do if you have a little space.  (The squat stretch may raise an eyebrow if you do it in your works canteen!)

You could take this further and practice some yoga​.

 

  1. Exercise​

You don’t have to go to the gym to get some exercise​!  Just doing a few exercises in the office (that won’t get you hot and sticky) will get a sluggish circulation moving and wake you up.

 

  1. Pamper yourself​

A lunch break is just right for a little pampering – a quick manicure, a facial, eyebrows tidied up, waxing.

 

  1. Ring someone​

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be knackered by evening (I don’t get home usually till 730pm) so a chat and a giggle can be a great lunch time pick me up​ and a chance to keep in touch.

 

  1. Save a life​

A lunch break is a perfect time to give blood.  Nuff said.

 

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

 

Self Care Challenge Day 6: Work/Life Balance

21 Day Self Care Challenge - Day Six

Hey lovely person!

Yesterday I touched on the importance of a good work/life balance, and we looked the value of a taking a lunch break.

Today, we’ll look more closely at your work/life balance.

It’s easy to get swept up in work, either because it’s something you’re passionate about, or because of increasing pressures placed upon you.

Lines get blurred, technology making it easy to be contacted during evenings and weekends, gone are the 9-5 workdays.

So how can you protect yourself from becoming overwhelmed by work, and retain the space for social time, down time, hobbies and fun?

If life’s become all work and no fun, it’s time to make a stand.

Don’t forget to use your journal – how do you feel about work? What fears do you have about making changes, and are these fears founded in truth?

Todays task was more indepth than many in this challenge, but totally worthwhile.

Stay tuned for Day 7.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)