Work Life Balance

Now this is a phrase that has been around for a while….but shouldn’t be underestimated or overlooked.

Until August 2016, it was always in the back of my mind and how I could achieve this?

More recently working in Project Management (Construction) I thought I didn’t have a choice/flexibility to work part-time.

So, I kept asking myself the questions how can I get more balance with what I do and my skill set…..I still need income to survive, but the biggest question is how much income do you need?

I reached a point….maybe turning 40 was the driver?  I wanted more time with family and friends etc and to explore the ability to ‘work’ in a different way.

Time came to make a change….I lined up all the ducks, and then took the leap of faith to work part-time. What I call #breakingtheblueprint, being brave and offering 20+ years experience to my network and beyond!

It has been a breath of fresh air but of course not without its challenges….I generally have more energy, I have flexible working arrangements and time now to work on my blog, sharing stories, meeting and working with creative and inspiring human beings.

I am genuinely grateful for my life and how I have created it. Think about it, it might just be what you need.

Don’t let your ego give you all the reasons not to have a balance!

Xx

Kids TRYathlon….

Went to see my good friend of mine little girl in her first Triathlon today, naturally she did a brilliant job and gave us plenty of entertainment!

“Mum can I do that again next year?”

The freedom and no care the kids had was brilliant…..classic ‘driving miss daisy’ style riding, kids on mountain bikes not realising their bike has gears ie. more than first gear ha ha….kids on BMX’s riding their guts out.

It was a great atmosphere, it was a good reminder…..life doesn’t need to be difficult, it needs to be kid like…..free, fun, no judgements, playtime…..just enjoy and laugh along!

Do something this week that you absolutely love, especially something you loved as a child.

Most importantly don’t worry about what anyone else thinks, just do it!

Xx

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

Highly recommended read…for both men and women! I wish I had this at 18…it will be on the gift list for my nieces and nephew that is for sure. I particularly resonated with words/phrases straightforward, honest, true mutual understanding and a lifetime of love.”

If your relationship is mutually understood, open and honest, then why couldn’t you have a lifetime of love?

I believe a relationship should be a partnership/teamwork, each of you should be following your dreams, leading the life your desire, supporting one another, open & honest communication, being great mates and sharing experiences, but never should either of you ‘own’ the other person. You should compliment one another!

I have a close friend of mine that is a great example of my personal theory, together since they were 16, have 2 children, still going strong. I have told them they are on the right path to my theory and continue doing/living the life they are….they will be together forever!

READINGS Extract – The legendary relationships guide that mothers recommend to their daughters, friends give as gifts and brothers steal from their sisters, MEN ARE FROM MARS AND WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS is inarguably the definitive book on having a happy relationship. ‘A treasure’, ‘a bible’ and ‘an heirloom’ are some of the words used to describe the book that has saved countless relationships and improved innumerable others. Now repackaged to relate to a new generation of readers, this phenomenal book continues to carry its legacy of understanding and trust into the world. Since its first publication, over a staggering 15 million copies of MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS have sold globally to single men and women looking for guidance on how to find the perfect partner, married couples seeking to strengthen their bond, and divorcees hoping to fathom where it all went wrong. Gray’s insights into how to allow your other half to pull away like an elastic band, prevent your emotional baggage from polluting your current relationship, and translate the phrases of the opposite sex are as relevant now as when they were first published. With straightforward, honest writing from that precious male perspective, Gray unlocks the secrets hidden in your partner’s words and actions to enable you both to reach true mutual understanding and a lifetime of love.

Do you like Podcasts?

These are a great use of time when stuck in traffic! Can I recommend one in particular that I was recommended and resonated with, The Mindful Kind by Rachael Kable.

I loved how these Podscasts are Rachel’s real life experience, that she is sharing to improve the lives of others. Nice work Rach!

Following this Podcast was recommended by the lovely Kate James from Total Balance. I went to see Kate around the middle of last year for a half day ‘Discover Session’ to assist with the refinement of my project ‘Breaking the Blueprint’.

Kate’s work is brilliant all round, my favourite are her little books, namely ‘Be Mindful & Simplify Your Life’ (with the original cover be-mindful-and-simplify-your-life).  They are a great reminder and good for gifts!

Jump on these talented ladies websites and be inspired!

All the best! Xx

Commitment in a relationship….

I love many of Mel’s posts on Instagram. But this one resonated….

“Commitment in a relationship means the commitment to the process of mutual understanding and forgiveness – no matter how many conversations it takes, nor how uncomfortable those conversations may be”. – Marianne Williamson (Return to Love).

Mel is one of my Yoga teachers at Humming Puppy, I know you shouldn’t have favourites but Mel is my fave ha ha!

Be open and truthful in your relationship Xx

Yoga and calmness!

I recommend everyone just try Yoga! I am fortunate to practice my yoga at Humming Puppy (Melbourne studio). With my love of design, in this instance interior architecture, I saw their fitout in a Broadsheet article. Then thought I might check this place out (it was in alignment with my style #5star ha ha)….and can I say it was one of the best decisions of my life!

They run 4 types of Yoga classes – with my favourite being Mellow Hum…..as they say it is a ‘super chilled restorative class’. This is brilliant if you have had a busy day, week or are simply stressed out!

Life is travelling so fast these days and stress unfortunately is regular in some peoples lives. This class makes you stop for 1 hour and simply chill out. It is important we look after ourselves….and you are responsible for your own actions, so be mindful of the decisions you make people! I finally convinced my Mum to try it as I knew it would benefit her….after her first ‘Mellow Hum’ class she slept right through the night!

Make a change for you….Xx