Month: January 2018

10 Powerful Affirmations

It is a constant in this world that we as individuals are just too judgemental of ourselves. It is important to maintain the positive ambitious thoughts & dreams in our minds and to ward off the negative thoughts that aim to bring us down. Affirmations may seem funny to say out loud at first, so I find even writing them down has been helpful to keep me motivated & driven. Here is a collection of 10 powerful affirmations to bolster your positivity and inner strength.

Your opinion matters

You’re fierce

Your possibilities are endless

You are strong enough to achieve all your goals

You are worthy of your dreams

Your fear is only temporary

You are confident to act in spite of fear

You are persistent and will not give up.

You are worthy of love and all the joys the world can offer

You are enough.

I’ve found that incorporating affirmations and being more grateful for the little things in life, are some of the easiest ways to bring light into any day. Similar to the effect of simply smiling to trick the mind into a happier disposition.

There are a lot of other self-care practices that I have been trying out to bring more calm and joy into the mundane and stressful days in my life. Such as taking days(or nights) to pamper myself, for example, last night I poured some warm water in a large bowl with some of my favourite Lush shower gel and dipped my feet, then scrubbed, moisturised and painted my toes, whilst reading a new book. Taking that time made it a lot easier to tackle the week ahead, which for me is filled with meetings, social outings and parties galore.

What are some of the ways you boost yourself up?

Until next time…

Reads of 2017 pt. 2

Now for the last ten books of 2017 that I read. This post is part two of me going through all the books I read in 2017 by reviewing them in one sentence. Link to part one: 

The Gunslinger by Stephen King (Dark Tower #1)

Short and weird. A lot happened and didn’t happen in a small book. A good introduction to a wacky series.

The Drawing of Three by Stephen King (Dark Tower #2) 

Could you tell I was sucked in?

Beyond entertaining, I never knew what was going happen and seriously didn’t think there was even a spec of a silver lining. I’m intrigued to see what happens next.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I’m not going to spoil it, but a classic murder mystery that keeps you guessing the murderer over and over and over again.

Milk and Hony by Rupi Kaur

A stunning and emotional collection of poetry that was wholly relatable and will remain on my bedside table for the indefinite future.

Vengence in Death by J.D. Robb

Just a little obsessed with this series, I can’t seem to get enough of Eve Dallas and Rourke and of course seemingly unsolvable murders. This one delved into Rourke’s dark and mysterious past and reading him unravel his former sins was a serious page-turner.

Saga Volume 1

Picked this one up in NYC and I’m honestly surprised why I didn’t pick it up earlier, a unique story of war, romance and science fiction.

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

I’ve never read a book from the perspective of a woman in a polyamorous relationship that she didn’t choose and the family drama was non stop, I spent the entire time reading praying that Yeijide would find happiness or some positive reprieve in her life.

Mile 81 by Stephen King

A short story of sorts that didn’t compromise on good characters and of course being a King, had all the elements of shock horror and terror.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Volume 1

Funny and quirky, she is so full of positivity that I finished the whole volume in one sitting, I truly believe there is no one she can’t beat!

Last but certainly not the least….

Lifeboat no.8 by Elizabeth Kaye

A short compilation of survivors’ recounts from the Titanic that brings to light the true thoughts and fears (or lack of) of the people onboard who lived and those who did not.

Entering into the new year I’m excited to read new stories and dive head first into more murder mysteries, science fiction adventures and maybe even some non-fiction!

What were your favourite books of 2017 and what have you started reading in 2018?

Until next time,

Current Weekly Bullet Journal Setup

By far the best thing about having a bullet journal is that I can change how I organise my day, week, or month as it goes. As someone who could never stick to a pre-made planner, making the transition felt like the right move to suit my personal approach to planning

Instead of using daily spreads I prefer to use weekly spreads as I find they let me organise my thoughts & workload the best. I have in the past used daily pages to track workload, however, in my current position, I found that this did not work very well. I’ve now moved to this broad overview spread to help to keep me organised. In this current spread, all I tend to include is reminders, meetings and events. I’ve also liked using the weekly spreads to motivate myself to achieve my personal goals. (i.e cut spending and working out)

I changed to this style of weekly spread last week. I really liked the minimalist theme that also gives me plenty of room to plan & incorporate quotes and comments on the week.

Tools I use:
  • Leuchtturm1917 A5 dotted journal
  • For headings, I use the Pilot Fineliner in Black
  • For everyday use and to fill in my bullet journal I use a Uni-Ball ballpoint pen

I got inspiration for this spread from Life by Whitney’s post.

What type of planner do you use? Have you tried bullet journalling before?

Until next time…

2018 Resolutions for Health, Wealth & Happiness

I’m sure I’m not alone in that when the new year rolls in I mumble off a list of grand goals and achievements I want to conquer in the new year and then come January 1st, I have yet to write any down or even formulate a way for me to begin to tackle them. Well 2018 is here and I’ve been sitting on my list of goals and achievements for well over a week now and I think it’s worth etching them in stone and start making some progress.

Health Resolutions

I AM repeat AM going to lose the weight. I’ve been on a weight loss journey for about 6 months now and have already lost roughly 8kg (17 lbs), however, I still have ways to go. The main focus of my weight loss is for my wedding next year even though I’ve been wanting to make some serious adjustments to my diet for a long time now. My goal is to exercise or practice yoga at least 3 times a week and I aim to lose roughly 15 kgs before September this year when I go to try on dresses for the first time.

Another health-related resolution is to continue being dairy free. I made the decision to go dairy free several months ago and the changes it’s made to my skin, mood, weight and energy levels has been astounding. So I really want to dedicate myself to avoiding dairy products.

Wealth Resolutions

I’ve got a lot of savings goals for the year, I have a wedding to save up for, a house to pay off and maybe a holiday later down the track. My pan to conquer these savings goals is to drastically minimize my miscellaneous expenditures. Things like coffees & eating out and instead focus my money on the things that bring real value and purpose into my life.

Happiness Resolutions

There’s a lot of things people can do to improve their overall wellness and general enjoyment of life but here are my goals to make 2018 a year with as little unhappiness as possible. I want to surround myself with people who support and respect both me and my fiance. Life is too short to be surrounded by toxic friends. Secondly, I want to spend more time on me. Sometimes I find that it is a little too easy to get swept away in the general busyness of life, bills, chores etc and I feel that 2018 is a year that I come back to my roots and do the things that bring joy into my life, such as blogging & learning.

I’m a strong believer that there is not only one time a year that you can make a change, so it is likely that my priorities may shift next week, month or year. Personally, taking the time to understand what you want and how you can make changes in your life to get there is vital to creating a happy life.

Now that you know mine, what are your resolutions to conquer 2018?

Until next time…

 

Reads of 2017 pt. 1

Everyone loves a good book and now that 2017 has come to a close, it’s a great time to reflect on all the page-turners that ignited my imagination, got my heart racing and made my eyes well with emotion. I was able to conquer twenty books last year and to break it up a little I’ve split the post in half, ten in this post and the last ten in the next (link available here soon!).

In the essence of covering all of the books I read last year, I am going to do my best, to sum up in ONE sentence why I liked it (eep!). Books are listed in chronological order from Jan-Dec 2017.

Eldest by Christopher Paolini (Book #2 in the Inheritance Series)

Dragons, adventure and coming of age, although a bit of a lull in the series, I can’t wait to see what happens to Eragon and Saphira in the next book.

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Technology and social media taking over the planet, sure I can see that happening but there could’ve been more about the main character, unfortunately, she fell a little flat for me. See my full review (here)

Ms Marvel Volume 5: Super Famous

Kamala is my favourite superhero in the Marvel universe and seeing her figure out how to handle her social, family and superhero lives is a magical combination of humour and adventure.

Rapture in Death by J.D. Robb

Another page turner in an intriguing and intensely captivating series, this time with a more compelling mystery as the death of several high profile individuals present themselves as suicide.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Thor, Loki, Odin and many more mythical gods from the Norse legends. It was a pleasure getting to read stories of adventure, triumph and sorrow that have been shared around for generations.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

This novella was a delight of pure imagination and such a unique read that was a truly wonderful execution of fantasy, romance, coming of age and mental health.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Could. Not. Put. It. Down. Science fiction that was so relatable I started stressing imagining myself in his shoes and how one could cope with such a hopeless situation.

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Best book of the year for me. I love reading murder mysteries and horror books and I have never actually jumped while reading, well not until I read this one. Truly terrifying and the characters were so wholly flawed that it made sympathy an element of conflict.

A Handmaid Tale by Margaret Atwood

Honestly sad. A terrifying reality that hits a little too close to home. You hope and hope for a brighter future but unfortunately, the outlook is dim. (Well at least in this book!)

Ceremony in Death by J.D. Robb

Another one I know, but I like a good murder mystery and Eve Dallas is one of my favourite detectives. This one was creepy, interesting and definitely a unique take on satanist rituals and ceremonies.

Stay tuned for part two!

What was your favourite read of 2017?

Until next time