How To Choose What You Want To Achieve

Adding something new to your daily routine can sometimes be difficult however I have put together a little list to give you some ideas to get started with. Have a look at my earlier post 6 Wellness Tips For Your Perfect Morning Routine  to add these ideas to your morning routine.

The best advice I have ever been given is just to add one or two things at first and slowly add more and more. That way you don’t feel defeated when you sleep in or make a mistake on your path to a healthier lifestyle.

Mindset:

  • Say an affirmation in the mirror to yourself in the morning
  • Meditate
  • Read 5 more pages of your latest book
  • Read the latest post on your favourite blog
  • Write down 2 things you are grateful for

Health:

  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Do a light yoga workout
  • Drink a glass of water with lemon (cold or hot)
  • Pack your food for the day

Productivity:

  • Start a new skin care routine
  • Make your bed
  • Check your weekly planner
  • Write a to do list

Self-Love:

  • Light a candle
  • Have a bath
  • Do something you enjoy but never have time to do
  • Workout
  • Plan your next date night
  • Catch up with a friend or family member that you haven’t seen in a while

You can choose to do these things daily, weekly or monthly its completely up to you, it is your life! By making these changes you are not only going to make yourself happier but also the people around you. Just watch, having a happy healthy lifestyle will not just effect you but also the people surrounding you in a great positive way.

Justi x

Making Life Choices

Life is all about the choices we make. Some turn out great and some lets be honest are a disaster. I have recently learnt that there is no situation you cannot get out of or change which, keeping this in mind takes a lot of the pressure off your decisions.

Feeling trapped is one of the worst feelings in the world, and I spent the last 3 years feeling like anything I did always turned out wrong and made me feel like the whole world was against me. This was until one random day someone said to me that all you have to do is think about life in a slightly different way and there is not situation you cannot get out of.

So here is what helped me:

– Have a job you hate? Starting looking for a new one. This makes you feel like there is something else out there, you may not be able to quit immediately but at least there is hope in the near future. You never know what might be out there waiting just for you to grab it!

– Want to change your career? Do it! Don’t let anyone tell you you are throwing away your life, it is YOUR life after all. If you have a passion for something, find more time for it. Want to start something new, try it. No one is going to judge you if you are happy and by making your own choices people will in turn be happy for you.

– Want to travel the world? Find a way to make it hapen, you never know who you will meet along the way. There are holidays where you blow all your money just like that or there are working holidays. I have this idea in my head that I want to live in a new country for 1 year, get a casual job and experience that new culture and travel on my days off. That  sounds perfect to me but may not for someone else, come up with your own ideas and start a plan towards your goals.

Implementing these small changes in my mind meant that I didn’t feel stuck in what I was doing and gave me to confidence to make some major changes in my life.

Making your own choices in an important life skill to learn. A lot of the time we will look to others for their opinions. But in the end it is our life and the only person the decision is going to truly affect is ourselves. Keeping this in mind decisions are never indefinite, there is always a way out if you want it, so never feel like you have made the ‘wrong’ choice. Choose to look at it as if it was an experience that has made you a stronger person and realise what you really want out of life. So go out there and get it!

Justi x

What If Everything Happened When it Happened For A Reason?

Sometimes looking back at life can be to worst thing we can do to ourselves. Thinking Where did I go wrong? or What if?

But what if we looked at all our past choices both positive and negative and choose to see them as stepping stones to learning more about ourselves and opening up to the world. What if everything happened when it happened for a reason?

This statement seems to resonate with me a lot. There are times when things are out of your control or you get ‘stuck’ doing something you didn’t want to do. Believing that these events happened for a reason somehow helps me, we might not know why today or even tomorrow but somewhere down the beaten path we will go ooohhhhhh THAT is why THAT happened or THIS happened because I made THAT stupid choice. But in saying that you shouldn’t look at yourself as the victim, this is not a ‘victim’ outlook, this is growing as a person and learning from the world around you outlook.

We all know life is not all sunshine and roses all the time. We have to walk in the rain and brush past some thistles to get to the good bits. And this is why I love the statement: ‘What if everything happened when it happened for a reason?’ It helps you to believe there is something good waiting for you out there in the world as long as you just keep going along and do your best.

I am a bit of a quote lover, but I tend to find my own meanings to them to directly link it into my own life. And at the moment this is it. Somehow it is making my next set of choices I have to make a bit easier, knowing that somehow it will all work its way out in the end.

Justi x

6 Wellness Tips For Your Perfect Morning Routine

  1. Don’t hit snooze!

Snoozing your alarm can make you feel sluggish in the morning and waste your ‘me’ time. Set the alarm at a reasonable hour, enough to get your morning routine done and make it a habit to get out of bed as soon as it goes off.

  1. Write down your schedule for the day

Look at what needs to be completed within the day and what you want to achieve. Make time for everything, even something as small as making a cup of tea. This way you will be able to tick off the boxes and feel like you were super productive and gave yourself some well-deserved ‘me’ time even if your day was full of work.

  1. Write and review your goals

Have a vision board and write your goals and dreams down, feel free to add long term as well as short term goals, maybe your short term goal is to workout 3 times this week or meditate every morning for 7 days.

  1. Make your bed

That way you know you will have a clean space and a made bed to get into when you get home. Creating a refreshing space for you to relax in at the end of your busy day can have many benefits to your mentality.

  1. Eat a balanced breakfast

Ensuring you are eating healthy and nutrient rich foods will make you more positive and have more energy for the day ahead. You can even make breakfast in advance and have it ready to go in the morning with minimal preparation!

  1. Remove the decision making from your routine

Lastly make this a habit and remove the thinking from your routine. Decide what order and give each task an assigned time so you don’t get distracted.

If you start by making these small changes you will eventually find what works for you. Don’t expect it to happen overnight and don’t beat your self up over making a mistake, you can only learn and improve from it.

If you have any suggestions that work for you please feel free to let me know, I am always open to learn and grow!

Justi x

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F***

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F***: A Counterintuitive Approach To Living A Good Life By Mark Manson

This book is my latest read and to be honest my first read in quite a long time

and I LOVE IT.

It is an easy read and super relevant to my life at the moment. It looks at looking at your own life and finding what is important to you and letting go of anything that is not.

You can find the link here to purchase it off Amazon

Mark Mason turns what you thought about life upside down, F*** happiness, F*** positivity because sometimes life sucks and you just have to keep pushing through. The want, No NEED for life to be this idea of ‘perfect’ all the time is beyond reasonable and you need to F*** it all and choose what is important to you.

9 chapters in 209 pages, each talks about your happiness and life values with hilarious titles. 

Chapter 1: Don’t Try

Chapter 2: Happiness Is a Problem

Chapter 3: You Are Not Special

Chapter 4: The Value of Suffering

Chapter 5: You Are Always Choosing

Chapter 6: You’re Wrong About Everything

Chapter 7: Failure Is the Way Forward

Chapter 8: The Importance of Saying No

Chapter 9: And Then You Die

Manson states “Once we embrace our fears, faults and uncertainties – once we stop running from and avoiding, and start confronting painful truths – we can begin to find the courage and confidence we desperately seek.”

He asks the question of “What problem do you want to have?” instead of telling you to fix your problems as he believes there will always be an endless series of problems in life which is why instead he says, “What are the problems that excite you? and What problems are you willing to make sacrifices for?” otherwise how do you expect to be content.

This is the perfect book to read if you are struggling to find your way in life and even if you’re not this is an entertaining and revitalising outlook on life and a MUST read for anyone and everyone. Take a little time to yourself and you might just find out something new.

Justi x

Commitment

100% full commitment is one of the hardest things to do. For some people they are following their passion and find it easier to commit but others may be in a boring 9-5 job to make ends meet making it harder to commit to something you are not passionate about.

I talk about passion a lot because it has had a major influence in my life and I feel it is something important to find in some aspect of your life.

For the last 18 years all I thought about was dance and how to ‘be better’ and ‘work harder’. On top of dancing and training at the gym everyday I worked my ass off to pay my bills often going months without a single day off. I didn’t make time for anyone else and never had much ‘fun’ either. But this was the ‘dream’ that someday all the efforts I was putting in was going to be worth it. But this is not sustainable and my health ended up suffering for my passion.

So I decided to make some life changes and fully ‘commit’ to myself, my health and my future.

You may be stuck in a boring and mundane job, others turn their job into their passion. If you classify under the boring job title you need to find something, maybe a hobby and this can be a trial and error process but not one is going to judge you for trying something new and if they do you need to decide if they are worth having in your life.

A boring job is only worth it if you can enjoy yourself on your time off.

And lastly YOU come first. YOU. Never let anyone tell you that what your fighting for is not worth it. If you want to do the work then it is worth everything. Never give up fighting and learn to enjoy life and have a little fun for once.

Justi x

Happiness is Contagious

Happiness is contagious. Have you ever talked to someone who is feeling down and frustrated with life and felt it rub off on you? Have you walked away from a conversation with an unhappy person and started thinking about all the things that are wrong with your life?

It sounds cliché but you need to surround yourself with like-minded happy people.

Lets be honest, this can be hard at times as there are always going to be situations where you cannot escape daily interactions with unhappy and frustrated people. Such as the workplace where there are always people frustrated at one another or at a situation they have been put in and may spend time complaining to you about how unfair it all is. These interactions are unavoidable, but the way you decided to deal with them is.

I find the best way to deal with this is to have a separation between your workplace and your social life. If you catch up with people you work with outside of work you always find you end up only talking or really complaining about work. This is not a good environment to be in and can change your opinions thoughts about work, and more importantly negative thoughts about work.

Just keep work for work.

Surrounding yourself with a positive group of family and friends in your spare time is the best way to keep a positive and happy outlook on life. People that you can relate to, cry with, be happy with are the best kinds of people. True friends and family are always the best life cheerleaders you can find they are always happy for your achievements, help lift you up when you are feeling down and more importantly are happy if you are happy. You will have your ups and downs with your friends and family but in the end they will love you and will support you until the end.

Justi x