Monthly Archives: January 2015

Week 4 Update, 2015

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Hi everyone! Sorry for the delayed post: as it was Australia Day yesterday, meaning that I didn’t do my weigh-in and coaching session until Tuesday (today), I thought I’d wait to post this week’s review. I also had a horrible day today thanks to anxious thoughts and lack of sleep, so this post is a couple of hours late anyway. Sorry! Lots of epic things have happened over the past week at least, so without ado, here’s my update:

-First thing first, I have started an epic Youtube series with my wonderful husband, where I’m guiding him through the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time game. This game is what I’d classify as the first video game I ever played, and the one that inspired my love for the Zelda culture and gaming series (I like to think that I have a specialised knowledge on the culture in the Zelda gaming series). Our series of the “Let’s Play” of this game will include both of us discussing the culture, philosophy, history, video game design and techniques and pop-culture references as we go. If you’re keen to watch, access the link HERE. I hope it’s entertaining and enjoyable 🙂

-This weekend, my amazing husband also showed me how to make resin pieces using some silicon and latex molds. We used some of his miniatures to cast some resin, and I found it a relatively easy and quite therapeutic process (as I get to have my craft on). As a result, I am feeling ready to start making my own resin jewellery pieces. I am hoping to sell these, therefore please let me know if you’d be interested in helping me out with my craft hobby. I am aiming to make a lot of sparkly and fabulous nerdy jewellery items, including:

-Zelda Triforce earrings, necklaces and brooches

-Doctor Who Tardis glittery earrings, necklace and brooches

-Star Trek Sparkly and glossy insignia badge brooches

-Glittery heart earrings and brooches

-Glittery star earrings and brooches

-Glittery geometrical  earrings

-Resin rose earrings, necklaces and brooches

-Japanese inspired pieces

At first, I think I’ll start out with offering to sell these to friends via Facebook until I feel that I am confident/ready to sell on Etsy. I’m hoping to buy some supplies to get started this week, and will share what I’ve made on Facebook and here. Hoping I’ll have some amazing things to share with you 🙂

-This week, I’ve had to yet again make health a priority. Unfortunately, due to a combination of things including the warmer, humid weather, my ulcer has opened itself up again. It’s making it incredibly painful for me to walk or stand for long periods of time, especially if I’ve tried to walk lots the previous day. As such, I’ve been trying to rest my leg. I really need to see a specialist for it again, however unfortunately finances and not being able to arrange time to do so is making it near-impossible at the minute. Regardless, I decided to focus my energy on doing something else to help out my health this week in trying some more yoga. As a natural stress-head, I’ve heard wonders about the value of yoga again and again; even in the very easy stages of just learning to breathe and stretch. This week, I’ve managed to do little 10 minute stints of yoga in the morning or evenings throughout the past week, and a 30 minute meditation yesterday. I feel this is helping me relax, refocus and not stress as much, and it’s something I can do while I can’t be doing mega step amounts each day. I’m definitely going to try and give myself at least 10 minutes a day to do some basic yoga!

-Even around a buggered-up leg, Australia Day parties and needing to rest, I somehow still managed to lose 200 grams. It’s not much, but it’s enough for me to feel accomplished and that I’m progressing down the right path in making myself a healthier person. I’m continuing to make good food choices throughout the day, however I tend to get a bit distracted at home, when I’m bored or around tempting food choices. Pretty good effort considering everything that’s happened this week!

-Argh, I haven’t managed to get up-to-speed with my reading goals. However, as an alternative Ray and I have managed to start looking at other forms of media on a regular basis…in the form of gaming videos/streams. Over the past week, we’ve found an amazing duo of guys who run an awesome gaming stream and company, and I am aiming to do a great post about them in the near-future. It’s been awesome to spend time with gamers, watch some epic gaming and connect with peeps around the world.

That’s about it for this week! There’s a lot more I could have written, however as I’m a bit fragile anxiety-levels wise, I thought it would be a bad idea. Here’s hoping this week is more positive and filled with crafty things and lots of gaming. I’m not sure what my post later this week will be about, so feel free to check back later this week for what could be a random (or awesome) post. Thanks for reading 🙂

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

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This. Image from Pinterest via http://roflburger.com/

 

Over the past few months, I have been reflecting on how far I’ve come career-wise in comparison to my teenage/child aspirations. So, I thought it would be fun to reflect and write a post about the different stages in my life and what I thought I’d be doing in the future. So, without further ado…

3 years old: Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I drew a face on my wardrobe because I believed it would give me an awesome talking wardrobe. It did not work, and I got into trouble for vandalising my furniture. As such, this dream had to be abandoned.

5 years old: Hairdresser. Because everyone else said they wanted to be one, and I was put on the spot to provide an answer for the school yearbook.

8 years old: Veterinarian. I loved animals and wanted to be like Dr. Harry from the Australian show Better Homes and Gardens (he used to have his own show). Upon finishing primary school and realising that a) you needed to do a lot of science and get a very high Year 12 school result, b) some animals would die regardless of how much you tried to help them and c) it was nothing like the Dogz and Catz computer games, I realised it wasn’t the career for me.

13 years old: Author. For some time, I was quite passionate about writing fantasy fiction. I didn’t know how to put this into a career at the time, and then realised that I had many other passions I wanted to try and pursue as a career that may be more rewarding financially, and more stable.

15 years old: Musician. Of course, there was/is a shortage of decent violists (for non-musical readers, this is someone who plays the viola, not the violin). Music was my passion and took up most of my life at this stage. I had been on several tours in Australia and overseas, and thought this would be my calling for a career. However, I quickly realised how competitive and brutal the music industry would be, and that it would drain the fun from having music as a hobby.

17 years old: Teacher. This was a very brief thought, where it quickly changed once I realised I would have to teach children and be somewhat disciplinary about it.

18 years old: Foreign Correspondent for Japan/Australia. Ahhh, when I thought that I could naively combine my two interests, Japanese and writing/Journalism into a career. Whilst this was my goal throughout most of my undergraduate education, I realised that I would never obtain the acceptable amount of language proficiency to do such a role. Plus, I also became quite cynical about journalism based on the amount of negativity that journalists are required to report on a regular basis (this was based on an incident where I directly saw a media crew showing no sympathy to a mother who lost her son to a natural disaster, where they pounced on her when she first arrived at the scene and was advised of his passing).

20 years old: Foreign Affairs/International Relations government worker. For various reasons, I feel I was pressured into trying to follow this career path, as I was told it was the only valid career path for me to take (because I was told my degrees were useless), and the only one where I’d be useful, earn decent money and have a future. Words cannot express how glad I am that this didn’t turn out, and I’m proud I’ve stuck to working on things I am passionate about (regardless of how much money it gives me or its value to society overall). If I followed this career idea, I would be a very negative, cynical, boring person stuck in a capital city that I think is a dead-end, and I would have never met my epic husband.

Random ages-

Lawyer: I thought being a Lawyer would be like Phoenix Wright. Turns out I was wrong. Objection!

Graphic Designer: Because I wanted to be a hip communications graduate. Considering I can’t draw very well…not a good idea.

Music Teacher/History Teacher/Japanese Teacher: Again, teaching. I’m also very put-off from pursuing teaching due to the current morale in the education sector, with broken promises of employment for the majority of new teachers and lack of resources/support.

Librarian: Ahhh books! Unfortunately, the librarian appears to be a dying industry thanks to the internet, and any librarian work is more about keeping things in order and categorised…I don’t think I’d be organised enough.

Blogger: Because I love to write, and write about things I love. However, I do need to pay the bills, so this wouldn’t work out.

Now: Even now, I’m still unsure as to exactly what my dream job is, or where I want to end up. Right now I am blessed to have an amazing work/life balance, where I can pursue studies in areas I am passionate about and spend time on my hobbies. Therefore, I think as a “grown-up”, I am happy living in the present; not worrying about whether I am what I wanted to be when I “grew up”, but being content with the opportunities I have now.

What did/do you want to be when you grow up? How did it work out for you? 🙂

Week 3 Update, 2015

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Week 3 of 2015 already! It seems that the older I get, the quicker the years go…anyway, here’s and update from the week that was:

-I’ve just gotten home from the gym. This week, I’ve managed to lose 500gm! It’s a bit of a relief as I’ve seen little progress over the past few weeks despite how hard I’ve been working. My steps have started to be back on track too, meeting my step goals for 4/7 days. I only managed to get to the gym 3 times last week, as I needed to give my leg an extra rest day. Meal plan has been going reasonably well, considering I had 3 hypos last week and lots of social events. Hoping to see some good results next week when I get weighed and measured!

-Over the past two weeks, my weekend has been filled with a Puppet/Muppet making workshop run by one of Ray’s work colleagues. Over this time, I have (with some help) completely built my own dragon puppet/muppet, which I’m very happy with! I have some finishing touches to make before I can declare the dragon “finished”, and will post lots of pics on here when it’s all done. However, I’ve really enjoyed the entire process and have loved being able to spend some time being crafty. It made me remember how therapeutic craft can be for me, and is really making me feel quite motivated towards getting some craft projects of my own started (resin jewellery making, for now!)

-This week, I’ve struggled a little bit with taking things personally when they weren’t directed at being personal. My anxiety levels have been through the roof over the past week or so, and as such I’ve been overthinking any tiny thing about the way people have interacted with and around me. Sometimes, I worry a lot about what people think of me, especially in a professional setting. This week, I’ve felt that I’ve become quite worried about my value, importance and purpose in a few environments in my everyday life. I’ve felt that I can be easily replaced, and also that I’m not doing a good enough job of proving my worth. However, my hubby really helped me realise that, actually, in the everyday environments I am in (filled with adults), people care about themselves first, rather than others, if at all. It’s part of human nature to be selfish about ourselves, so not many people will actually care about you or your worth, therefore you shouldn’t take things personally as it’s a reflection on how they feel about themselves. It’s harsh, but it’s a good thing to remember for someone who frequently overthinks things.

-On the flip-side, I also had a realisation this week regarding my value, worth and importance. Ever since I was younger, I thought that my value was based on academia and work. This was mainly because my personal life didn’t have much in comparison to these fields. I also didn’t see my value in this area due to lack of confidence, not having a significant other (I didn’t have my first “boyfriend” until university) and not viewing my home/family life as having the same level of importance as the other fields, as I didn’t seem to excel in it to the same extent. However, as I’ve grown older, developed my identity and have found my soulmate to have a family with, the personal and home aspect of my life has become equal, if not, higher than the areas I previously identified my value with. I’m realising that academia and work, while important, are not what I use to identify myself anymore.

-During the weekend, we managed to get to play some more D&D with my brother, sister-in-law, nephew and their cat. We are so lucky to have some really awesome people that we can play D&D with on a regular basis (we’ve got our weekly group, plus some other groups now), and getting to share something we’re passionate about with family is such an awesome thing. I’m contemplating running one of my first games in the next couple of months (depending on which group I decide to “test” my DMing with), and the game over the weekend got me thinking again about the type of game I’d like to run.

-I’m still reading through The Secret History of Wonder Woman from last week; unfortunately life got in the way of having extra time to read this week, plus it’s an interesting, historical-based read that I’m taking my time with. I do have an extended long-weekend this week thanks to some time off work, so I’m planning to catch up on some reading then.

That’s about all the updates I have! I’m not sure what my 2nd post will be about this week, however as I have some time off, I’m hoping to do lots of writing for the blog 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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Suits me to a “Tea”

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It’s easier to drink tea when it’s out of a Tardis.

 

I’ve never been a tea person before. As someone who became addicted to caffeine when I started university (some days I’d have up to 2 litres of Pepsi Max and live off energy drinks), it was hard to ever try and drink tea. Plus, I grew up surrounded by people who drank plain, normal varieties of tea which did not appeal to me in the slightest. Also, whenever I tried any type of tea, it didn’t have the same effect as the caffeine from coffee did, plus I couldn’t get my taste buds to appreciate tea leaves.

However, after cutting out the majority of caffeine over the past few years (I have one small coffee a day, and the occasional soft drink every week or so), I’ve converted myself over to herbal teas. Since studying abroad in Japan in 2009, I was able to drink so many varieties of herbal teas, from Barley tea (which I can’t have any more thanks to Coeliac Disease), to Jasmine Tea and many, many types of Green Tea. The variety of flavours, gentle pick-me-up and rituals (I have participated in tea ceremonies in a variety of countries now) associated with tea won me over. I’m also trying to drink more water each day; therefore tea is definitely helping me with this!

So, I thought I’d share the teas which I now have on a regular basis and love (warning: there will be a LOT of T2 tea in here).

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My current (and growing) collection of T2 tea. I’m becoming obsessed!

 

-Green Tea with Mint: This is my go-to tea. It doesn’t matter which brand (heck, I have Lipton tea bags at work), but this combination is so refreshing and works as a good morning pick-up for me once my coffee has worn off. It may be because of the years of me chewing gum means I have a love of the taste of minty things, but this combo works so well for me. If you find a combo mixed with peppermint, it is a great start if you’re just trying to move to tea from being a regular coffee drinker.

-T2 Gorgeous Geisha: Sencha (Japanese traditional green tea) is amazing, yet I still can’t manage to enjoy the bitterness of it on a regular basis. The infusion of Sencha with sweet berries and flavours in this T2 combo works so well and has me hooked. Plus…I had to get it for the name as well, being obsessed with Geishas. It also works well as an iced tea too, being a very refreshing summer drink.

-T2 Relax: Every now and then, I will have trouble sleeping thanks to my brain refusing to shut itself down. After trying vitamins and other recommendations of sleep medication, I found that a cup of this an hour before bed helps my brain switch off and helps me sleep. It also smells so much better than a plain chamomile tea.

-T2 China Jasmine: This tea is so fragrant and dainty! It’s great to have with meals as it’s light and not too strong in its flavour. What I like about T2’s version (compared to the watered down versions you usually get at some restaurants) is that the scent and the flavour is so fresh. I love the smell of jasmine!

-T2 Chai: When I’m feeling hungry (but have already eaten), Chai is perfect. I normally have my chai with milk and honey, which is so yummy and also helps keep my tummy happy. Having a chai tea made from a fresh mix makes so much of a difference compared to other “packet-ed” chai teas/latte mixes out there. The cinnamon and other flavours makes this tea a way of also settling my sweet tooth too!

I do enjoy the versions of these in T2 bags, however several of these teas I have in a bulk loose pack. Therefore, I get to use this guy to infuse them, which is always fun!

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Quack quack!

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Ducky even gets to time-travel, thanks to my favourite cup being my Tardis.

 

 

Now that I enjoy many varieties of tea, I have the perfect excuse to collect more pretty and quirky teacups, and perhaps even do high-tea like things. I can’t wait to start growing my collection of the Maxwell Williams’ Kimono teacups…my collection so far is of one beautiful red set (picture below). I’m very lucky in that both of my favourite tea cups (the tardis and my red kimono set) were gifted to me from each of my beautiful sister-in-laws and family.

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The kimono teacup and saucer. I hope to one day have a full set in different colours, complete with teapot.

 

So, tell me…how do you like having your tea?

Week 2 Update, 2015

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Week 2 of 2014! I can’t believe how quickly this year is going so far! Here’s what I’ve been up to over the past week:

-I’m pretty sure I’ll be posting my weekly updates on a Monday night. This is to ensure I can provide up-to-date results from my Curves Complete program (I have my weigh-in and coaching on Monday afternoons), and gives me more time to reflect over the week.

-My leg ulcer has been playing up big-time this week. I managed to roll my ankle when trying to walk to the gym (I ended up not going to the gym), and hurt my ulcer in the process. I haven’t been in this much pain from it for almost a year. Because of this, I think the pain is mostly because of the heat and humidity, with sweat and walking around so much putting a lot of pressure on my wound. Plus, having it become more painful from my tumble really doesn’t help. It’s pretty frustrating, as it means I’ve barely been able to get my step goals this week. But I have to listen to my body, especially if it’s obvious that I need to take it easy.

-As per the above, Curves Complete program progress this week was been very slow. As I injured myself, I had to take it easy this week. However, even though I haven’t been able to get my 10,000 steps a day or hit the gym as much as I had hoped to, I’ve kept to my water intake and stuck to the meal plan relatively well. I’ve managed to also gain some Fitbit friends (anyone with a Fitbit is welcome to add me!), who have been smashing their step goals, so I’ve got some inspiration once I am able to walk more regularly again. With all of the above, I ended up putting on a couple of hundred grams this week due to needing to rest my leg and not exercising. My coaches agreed that I made the right decision in taking it easy, as it’s important to ensure that “long-term me” has a healed ulcer and normally working ankle/foot. We’ve set some goals for this year, however, with the major goal being to stay healthy and keep my diabetes in excellent control, and an aim to try and lose 10 kilos overall (I got quite close to this last year until I got sick/got injured, so it will be interesting to see if I meet this).

-This week, I’ve struggled with staying positive on occasions. I’ve noticed that when I’m feeling bored or unmotivated (which has been happening a lot during the day lately), I tend to view it negatively. It makes me think that what I’m doing isn’t important or of value because I’m not feeling challenged or enthusiastic, therefore put myself in a spiral of feeling bad about myself. However, my husband suggested that rather than using this time to build up negative thoughts, I could try and focus on making it a positive: having the down-time to think of ideas, inspiration and goals. So, I’ve been trying to refocus at times where I’ve started to become bored or feeling useless, and using this time to think of ideas towards my positive goals that have been set for 2015. It’s going to take some time to adjust to using this time in a positive manner, but I’m going to work on it!

-I managed to complete reading Lena Dunham’s Not that kind of Girl this week. Overall, it’s a good read: I felt I connected well with the author, and it was very amusing and an easy read. It wasn’t as inspirational as some of the other books I’ve read recently, but it was a book I enjoyed reading. This week, I’m going to read the Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore.

-After receiving some belated birthday present contributions, I finally took the plunge this week and did something I’ve wanted to do for ages: buy some vintage styled underwear. I’ve been eyeing off Rago’s longline bras for forever, as so many plus-sized bloggers swear by them for comfort and fit, and they also assist with posture (I have terrible posture sometimes thanks to years as a musician and an above-average sized chest area). They’re wire-free too, however seem to be known as having much better support than normal underwire bras…plus they’re the same type that the actresses wear on Mad Men and are so adorable. It’s going to be good to see how they go with my outfits, and I hope that I’ve gotten the right sizes as I had to order from the US!

That’s about it for this week. Later this week, I’ll be putting up an article about my new-found obsession with tea. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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Summer Shopping Lust List

Since celebrating Christmas and my Birthday, I’m now eagerly eyeing off some items to help vamp up my wardrobe (in an attempt to make my wardrobe full of things I’ve always wanted to wear, but never had the confidence to try). Here’s what is currently on my “to buy as soon as possible” list:

”1932” 1960s inspired silvertone pen necklace:

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(image from lifeinyellow.com)

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(image from http://www.1928.com/necklaces/vintage-pen-necklaces/1960s-vintage-inspired-silver-tone-pen-necklace.html)

 

I love Joan Holloway. She is my style icon, and I wish I could look like her…heck, be her. In fact, recently I’ve realised that with my administrative roles at work, I sort-of could be the “Joan” of our small team (this really helps me stay positive, believe it or not, haha). Ever since I saw Joan’s pen necklace, I knew I had to have one. Luckily the company that made the necklace she wore, 1932 has released a whole collection of pen necklaces. As goldtone stuff doesn’t really work with my skin colouring, I was overjoyed to discover they released a silvertone version. The pen actually works too, and you can purchase ink refills for only $1 USD. The necklace is only $20 USD, which is very affordable!

-Lucite/Resin Earrings and Jewellery

I can’t believe I haven’t gotten on board with resin jewellery sooner. Since joining Instagram, I’ve found some amazing individuals who create retro inspired resin jewellery. My favourite designers so far include Dazzalite, Glamourlite (an awesome Australian company!), Desperate Beatnik and the Alamo Basement

So far, these are the pair I desperately would like to have from Glamourlite:

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(image from https://www.etsy.com/listing/214725691/juicy-heart-earrings-in-ruby-red?ref=favs_view_10)

-More Erstwilder brooches and jewellery

If you’ve been on my Instagram at all this year, you’ll see that I’m usually wearing one of my Erstwilder brooches with outfits that I feature. I love how quirky and cute the brooches are, and how easily they can jazz up any outfit. I plan to keep accessorising this year, and hope to grow my collection of Erstwilder. Currently, these are the items I am obsessed about getting as soon as possible (you’ll notice that they’re all foxes…no coincidence, haha):

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(image from http://www.vintagepip.com.au/#!erstwilder/citb)

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(image from http://www.vintagepip.com.au/#!erstwilder/citb)

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(image from http://www.vintagepip.com.au/#!erstwilder/citb)

 

 

 

I would highly recommend purchasing Erstwilder through the lovely Vintage Pip or Coconette, as both are amazing sellers with great customer service and a huge range of cute products!

-A pair of vintage styled denim capris

It’s summer in Australia, and whilst I can live in skirts and dresses, I do need some decent pants/shorts. I have been eyeing off the capris offered through Tatyana Boutique and the Collectif Monroe jeans. I really can’t decide which of the two would look better…so I may have to end up getting both. Which pair do you prefer?

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Tatyana (image from http://www.tatyana.com/womens/bottoms/carpenter-capri )

-SHOES

I love shoes. Unfortunately, as someone with foot issues (thanks diabetes) including being quite flat footed, wearing orthotics occasionally and having wide feet, it’s hard for me to find good retro/pinup shoes which are comfy. I’ve had to settle for flats, or very expensive heels with a myriad of support in them. However, of recent, some of the amazing ladies I follow on Instagram have been showing off the shoes offered by the brands Miss L Fire and B.A.I.T and raving about their comfort factor. I am definitely now hooked on getting some shoes for my collection from these stores. At present, I am eyeing off the following sandals (I barely have any summer appropriate footwear!)

 

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(image from http://shop.misslfire.com/)

 

Heart of Haute Constellation Skirt

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Last but not least, I’ve been eyeing off some more skirts to add to my collection of “epic skirts to wear with a poofy petticoat” collection. I saw pictures of this skirt on Instagram and knew I had to get it. It was after finding where to buy the skirt online, I then discovered that the stars GLOW IN THE DARK. Therefore, the skirt is now on the top of my list of clothing items to buy. This is so epic.

Lots of pretty things to save up for, it seems! What are you eyeing off this summer (or winter, depending on which hemisphere you’re in)? 🙂

Week 1 Update, 2015

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Welcome to my weekly updates for 2015! I’m so excited about sharing this year with you all, especially as I’ll be posting a whole variety of things on here 🙂 That being said, these weekly updates may be slightly shorter to ensure I give myself enough time for writing up other posts. Anyway, without further ado, here’s my update of what happened in the past week:

  • This week, I celebrated my birthday, therefore am now officially a quarter of a century in age! On reflection, I’m at a really good place in life for someone who’s just turned 25: I’m married to my soulmate and living in wedded bliss, I have permanent employment in an area of work I really enjoy, I’ve been able to travel so much (especially over the last 5-10 years), I’ve been able to pursue my hobbies whether it be music, study, writing and more, I’ve had (and still have) some amazing friends and family to share life with, and I’m about to start saving with my husband so we can own our own home in the near-distance future. I’m so thankful for being on this great earth for 25 years, and am happy with where I am. I can’t wait to see what my 25th year will bring!
  • I’ve really been thinking about some of my goals for this year, especially in making/keeping some epic friendships of the female kind (particularly in women I find inspirational or very encouraging). Over the past week in particular, I’ve either taken the initiative, or acted on opportunities to take a step in this direction, and am booking in some great catch-ups/social events with some amazing ladies. I feel so driven to not only find, maintain and keep friendships with people who motivate me, but to also motivate and encourage them in turn (hopefully). As I’m now married, and the gap between people of my age who are in a different stages of their lives deepens (they’re still partying hard or still in high school mindsets etc), I’m so determined to start putting in mega levels of effort to have an amazing circle of female friends (sidenote: don’t get me wrong, male friends are epic too. Thanks to my husband, I have a great number of these now! However, I’ve always struggled to have a stable and consistent group of female friends, and really yearn to have this).
  • Today is going to be my first day back at the gym and the first day back on the Curves Complete program. I’ve used the past week as a relax/recharge/mental health for myself, therefore did not follow the meal plan, nor do amazing step results. As I’ve been on a plateau for some time now (even after working my butt off for the last few weeks of the year to change this), I (and my gym coaches) decided to have a break over Christmas and the New Year. Something I will address this week, though, is my coaching. I’ve been finding it a bit difficult at the gym lately as I haven’t had the same coach each week for my Curves Complete sessions. As such, I’ve received differing advice and varied levels of goals, which has made me feel less motivated and consistent in achievements. Don’t get me wrong; all of the coaches are fantastic, but I’m meant to have the same coach each week. It’s especially important for me to have a coach which understands all of my health problems, and has seen me at the gym since the start, so I’ll be seeing if I can get the same coach each week and if this will help with my progress.
  • I’ve managed to read two books since the start of the New Year: Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking (highly recommend, especially for those of my dear friends who are pursuing the arts and their passions) and Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS (recommend-ish, especially if you are wanting to own your own business/make a hobby your business…not as inspiring for those attempting to climb the corporate ladder). My reading patterns lately have shown I currently am on a binge-reading session of autobiographies/non-fiction written by strong women. It’s made me kind of question myself a little bit, though. Some of these women were already achieving greatness and success in their early twenties (even being courageous enough to go straight after their dreams)…yet what the hell am I doing?! I’ve been struggling in determining my success levels and value in a career path/academic path lately, so these books, whilst being very motivating also are a double-edged sword in making me feel slightly inadequate and unsure of what I should be doing. However, I have been motivated by these books to keep going after my pursuit to focus on my hobbies and passions this year, such as this blog. This week, I’m aiming to read Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl.
  • This week, based on the revamp of my site, I took the plunge and decided to share my blog with my Instagram and Tumblr followers (hello to you all!). This blog used to be purely for myself as a journal to record my progress each week, however I then decided to open it up to my Facebook friends. As I received feedback and encouragement, I then decided to open it up even more and made it available to public view, and have now shared it with all social media sites I am active on. This is a massive achievement for me, as I am usually quite a socially awkward and anxious person. Thank you to everyone who has continued to motivate me to write on here and stay positive! Some individuals I follow on Instagram and Tumblr have amazing blogs and websites themselves, and I hope to do a feature post on my favourites soon. In the meantime, if any fellow bloggers would love to connect, please let me know, as it would be amazing to be part of an online community of bloggers who motivate and encourage each other (rather than so many who try to troll and bring fellow bloggers down).

That’s it for the week in passing’s updates, however I will be putting up a post later this week (the first of many) about what is currently on my summer fashion wish-list. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Goals for 2015

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Hi everyone! Happy New Year 🙂

Today marks the start of my blog/website changing into something bigger and better. I am so excited about this! There will be more content, (hopefully) more interaction and more variety. However, I will still have a big focus on setting goals for the year and providing updates on these each week.

So, without further ado, here are my goals for 2015:

-Keep working towards being a healthier, happier, body-positive person, and continue to have realistic yet long-term fitness goals.

-Work on maintaining as positive an attitude as I can throughout the year, including identifying moments where I can learn from not-so-positive things.

-Dedicate time each week towards craft hobbies: this includes working on this blog, starting to sew some of my own clothing and looking into making retro-inspired resin jewellery.

-Continue postgraduate study, and complete my Graduate Certificate this year. I also want to try some self-guided study related to Digital and Graphic Design.

-Write new posts and content at least twice a week, with one post per week being non-related to my goals for the year.

-Read at least one new book a week, with a focus on writers who are inspiring individuals or who have strong female protagonists.

-Further develop a wardrobe I love, which I will wear with confidence.

-Not be as hard on myself, continuing to develop self-confidence and self-love whilst discovering my importance and value in my married and family life.

-Work on establishing (or further developing) some lifelong friendships, particularly with some inspirational females that I can view as role models.

-Develop and participate in an online community and make some blogging friends, in a hope we can encourage and support each other.

Thank you once again for being a part of this adventure. I look forward to sharing it with you in 2015! 🙂