Tagged: life

10 things I love about winter

As sad as I am that summer is over, there are also a number of things (10 in fact) that I love about the colder months so I thought I would share.  Mostly I just love the feeling of being cosy and not feeling guilty about staying inside all weekend reading and watching TV marathons.  Here are 10 of my favourite things:

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Wish you had more time? Tips for better time management…

Image from businessamongmoms.com

These days everyone always seems to be busy.  Whether it’s work, family, friends, sport, study or other commitments, it can be hard to find the time to get everything done.  Along with this is the separate issue around the effects to our health and wellbeing of constantly rushing around juggling a million activities without stopping to breathe.  The other day at work I was literally so busy that I was almost jogging around the office!   I’ve been meaning to read Dr Libby’s book Rushing Women’s Syndrome as I think it’s a real issue with women in particular due to the various roles and responsibilities we have.  But in the meantime, here are some quick tips from Mayo consultants on better time management. Continue reading

Feeling stuck?  How to decide your next career move


No job is perfect but if you’re dreading going to work each day then something’s got to change.  We spend about a third of our adult lives at work so we might as well try and enjoy it.  The most important thing is to make sure you don’t feel ‘stuck’ in a job you aren’t happy in. There are always options, it’s just a matter of which one works best for you in your current situation. Continue reading

Marc and I’s engagement party

engagement party Marc and I

Marc surprised me with a truly romantic and heartfelt proposal the week before Christmas last year. To celebrate Marc and I had our engagement party on Valentine’s Day at The Brigham in Whenuapai. We had the most fun and incredible time with our families and friends. I definitely recommend the venue for your next special birthday or even wedding. We had our party in the garden under the marquee and it was beautiful. Everyone commented on the location and also said the food was fantastic. Marc and I would like to thank our families and all of our friends for making the day so memorable. To those who couldn’t make it we look forward to celebrating our wedding with you 🙂

Here are a few snaps from our special day.

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Random acts of kindness go a long way

I was at the petrol station the other day to fill up my car and was impressed when a young guy who worked there walked over to me and offered to fill it up. Then when I went inside to pay I looked out to see he was cleaning my back windscreen (which had been pretty dirty for a while but I’d been too lazy to do anything about it). It was such a small gesture but he didn’t have to do it and most people probably wouldn’t. Such a small thing but it made such a difference to my day. I wanted to give him a tip but I didn’t have any cash on me so I just thanked him for going out of his way and told him I really appreciated it.
I drove away feeling happier than when I’d driven in, and it got me thinking how nice these little acts of kindness can make people feel, and it made me want to do something nice for someone else. Continue reading

Finding happiness in 2015

HappinessI read a quote the other day that said “happiness is going to bed & looking forward to tomorrow”. I’m sure most of us feel like this at least sometimes… Maybe on a Friday night knowing the next day is the weekend. But is it really possible to feel like this every night? Should this be our goal in life? To always feel ‘happy’ and excited and cheerful?

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A simple tip to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions


It’s around this time of year that a lot of people come back from their summer holidays with big plans for self-improvement… It’s the whole ‘new year, new you’ idea that people really buy into. I know I do it. But according to a study by the University of Scranton, only around 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually succeed in achieving them.

So why do so many New Year’s resolutions fail?
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