EYES ON THE PRIZE

For a blog that’s meant to be all about living a more inspiring life I was feeling rather uninspired today. So there I was, sat on the sofa downloading photo editing apps to make my Instagram pics look even more awesome, instead of writing some sort of ‘how to get the life you want’ blog post, when I had a brainwave (it happens occasionally).

I Googled some lines that make you want to stop waiting for something good to happen and start making something good happen (this could be a quotable line too surely?), overlaid this on to a few of my own photos and created some mega-motivational, poster-style graphics. You’re welcome.

So what have we learnt today? Sometimes just allowing yourself to run away with your imagination can lead to something productive, its called ‘being creative’. So don’t let anyone ever tell you you’re procrastinating, unless of course you actually are. In that case just get on with it. Clear as mud? Thought so… again, you’re welcome.

step forward answer is always no motivational quote

 

NEW BEGINNINGS

CHANCES SAYING

So today I quit my job. With no other job to go to. Sounds crazy, right?

I thought about my personal life and my career and I decided I want the freedom to travel, to learn and to make my own money at a time that suits me. After all, I don’t have anyone else I’m responsible for so I may as well make the most of it. So I’m going to freelance!

As I read this last sentence back to myself visions quickly appear of the dreamy little girl in ‘Father of the Bride’ saying ‘Daddy, I met a boy in Rome and we’re getting married!’ Except I’m not a little girl and I really do know what I’m doing! Or maybe I’m still trying to convince myself…

So now the countdown has begun as I have until the New Year to find myself some interesting projects to work on. Hopefully I’ll start 2016 with a bang – and that’s not banging my head against the nearest wall.

‘Freelance’; this gets added to my list of words I like – it’s very ‘free’ after all.

BREAK AWAY

Andraitx Spain

View from my room in Andratx, Mallorca.

Holidays that come along at just the right time can be life changing.

They don’t have to be particularly eventful, in fact, sometimes its the sheer stillness of a holiday that can bring about new prospects.

My holiday in Mallorca was relaxing; I read three books, I ate bread every day (sometimes several times a day, which I never do at home), and had an afternoon nap every day, just like a Nana.

It was lovely, and I was seemingly serene from the outside, but inside I was fighting a constant battle in my head, playing over imaginary conversations in my head.

I was at a crossroads. I had to make an important career/life decision, which unfortunately I can’t talk about just yet.

However having time out from the everyday hustle and bustle does help to put life into perspective. Some of the questions I asked myself:

– What am I good at?

– What do I want to learn?

– What do I enjoy in life?

– Where do I want to be in five years time?

– What’s still waiting in my bucket list and are they achievable at the rate I’m going at career-wise and personal life-wise?

Sometimes its good to give yourself a personal review, after all you only get one life so its important you get the most out of it. YOLO and all that jazz.

So I say dream, at every stage in life, and who can blame me with holiday vistas like these?

Andratx Mallorca

Andratx Harbour Spain

Andratx harbour, Mallorca

RISE AND SHINE

Monday morning motivation… for real people. 

I am not a morning person. For a long time my alarm has been set to 6.30am on a weekday – and yes this is torturous in case you were wondering, especially in the winter when it is dark and it feels super weird getting up. I definitely do not make the most of my mornings on a weekday. I’ll hit snooze repeatedly until I know I only have enough time to literally put clothes on and brush my teeth… maybe brush my hair? Therefore there’s certainly no cool outfits, contoured makeup or breakfast of any kind (which just happens to be my favourite meal of the day – but, you get the struggle).

On a weekend I have a lot more motivation (obviously – weekends are FUN), but I can get up around 8am and plan out my day. However, I also often spend weekends hungover; which means I can also wake up disorientated and confused as to which day it is before quickly realising I have a splitting headache and then the McDonalds breakfast cravings kick in. I’m over-sharing now, so I’ll get to the point.

I saw this graphic on the Hubpsot blog (a marketing advice blog) and it rang a bit too true to life. “Maybe all marketing and PR people are a bit like this?” I thought. “Maybe everyone is?! Or maybe its satire and no one really is, just me?”

Monday morning motivation

I imagine someone like Taylor Swift is our morning person on the right in this graphic. She would make you blueberry pancakes and a freshly squeezed green juice as she skipped across the kitchen with her ‘red lips and rosy cheeks’. “Want some sugar on top?” “No thanks Taylor, that’s enough to last a lifetime.” This would all happen before I’ve even remembered the passcode to unlock my phone so I can start scrolling Instagram… *drops phone on to face*.

To summarise: I feel more ‘Britney’ but I need to be more ‘Taylor’, so…

  1. Get up at first alarm
  2. Never miss breakfast
  3. Make more of an effort with general appearance (even on weekdays)

Are you a morning person?