Author: Bridget

March 12, 2018 Bridget No comments exist

Be More of a Self Care Queen and transform your evening routine with Oh Natural

routine noun a sequence of actions regularly followed to live a kick-ass fulfilling life

Routines and rituals are always included as a goal when I’m working with my coaching clients. Routines are the strong foundation we all need to begin to prioritise our holistic health and live a fulfilling lifestyle. Without them you can end up feeling overwhelmed, unproductive and disempowered. I know that as soon as my routines go out the window, all the wheels start to fall off and I’m sending SOS’s out all over the place. Today I’m sharing my current evening routine full of self care goodness and Bid’s tips for a deep night’s sleep. Clearly, I’m human, and I don’t nail this every single night.

 

TIDY UP LOOSE ENDS

  1. I spend 5-10 minutes reflecting on the day. I look at my diary and my goals and acknowledge what I achieved, how it all went while taking note of anything that is unfinished. I then set intentions for the next day and get clear on what my day looks like. This leaves me feeling in control and calm.
  2. Tidy up time! I set my timer on my phone for 10-20 minutes (depending on the state of my house) and put everything back where it belongs. It’s amazing how much you can do in 10 minutes when you’re fully focussed on the task at hand. I find this makes for a fresh start in the morning. Nothing beats waking up to a tidy house reminding you of how much of a legend you are and that you are absolutely nailing life.

 

LOVE THY BODY

  1. I find showering before bed helps me have a better night’s sleep especially when I take the time to pamper my skin and appreciate what my physical body can do. I’ve made the transition to natural self care products, do you how know much cancer causing bullshit is in sitting in the bottles in your shower right now? Go have a look and google some of the words you don’t know. It is crazy what you’ll find. I’m currently using the Holistic Hair Pure Shampoo and Conditioner which are made in NZ and are 98% natural! My locks are loving it, and the environment. I’ve also used the Ethique Shampoo and Conditioner bars and highly recommend them also.
  2. I love to look after my skin ensuring it’s soft and hydrated. At least every second day I’ll do a full body, body scrub. I’m digging the be kind body co. Coffee + Coconut Body Scrub, 100% natural and made in Nelson. I’m not a coffee drinker but don’t mind soaking up the benefits of rubbing it all over my bod.
  3. Keeping up with the skin love, again at least every second day, I’ll spend some time showing my physical body some love by moisturising all over. Don’t have time? Mate, make the time. Your body does so much for you, give a little back hey. I’ve just started using the Ethique Jasmine and Ylang Ylang Butter Block. It smells absolutely divine and is best used straight out of the shower on damp skin. Leaves you feeling like a soft, supple and environmentally friendly goddess.

LOVE THY FACE

This is my favourite part of my evening routine. I’ve experienced many delicious products lately that have taken my at home face care pampering to the next level.

  1. The Acure Brightening Facial Scrub is one of two of my holy grail products. I have had issues with my skin for the past year after coming off the pill and this has been one of the first products I’ve noticed a considerable difference with. It’s vegan, sulfate and paraben free, full of argan stem cell + chlorella. Plant powered goodness.
  2. My second holy grail product is The Herb Farm Rosehip Oil. This stuff is liquid gold and makes me feel like a radiant queen. The Herb Farm is another amazing NZ brand and is an award winning sustainable business. Heart bursting!
  3. By now you should know crystals are a big deal to me, when I found out you could rub them on your face to stimulate your lymphatic system and detoxify the skin I was all over it. I use the Tailor Jade Face Roller after I’ve applied my rosehip oil to really work the oil into the skin as well as encourage detoxification and reduce puffiness. It also works great to release tension, goodbye headaches. Not to mention Jade is great for soothing the mind and releasing negative thoughts.
  4. I’ll put in extra effort once a week, maybe twice and slap on a face mask before my shower. Oh Natural stocks three face masks that I love and use interchangeably. The Tailor Polish is amazing for breakouts and congestion, as well as spot treatments the week before Aunty Flow arrives. Girl Undiscovered, Stumbled Across Face Mask is another delicious natural face treatment full of balinese coconut oil and NZ kanuka honey. BUT my absolute fave is The Herb Farm Revitalising Face Mask, a mixture of pink and white clay. It’s currently out of stock, but you can put your email address in to be notified when it’s back in stock. Will be totally worth it, trust me.

 

WIND DOWN

  1. Total phone ban in the bedroom. I charge my phone in another room and try to switch off from all technology by 9pm.
  2. I love to get into bed with a piping hot cup of herbal tea. Oh Natural stock Pukka and they have the biggest range of nourishing and soothing tea blends. I’ve been drinking the Relax one before bed over the last couple of weeks.
  3. I’m a big fan of essential oils and will sometimes put a few drops of lavender on my pillows if I’m feeling a bit agitated. Black Chicken do a nifty wee sniffer, like the Vicks ones, but full of delicious essential oils to mellow you out not just at bedtime but anytime you need it throughout the day. I’ve been sniffing Serenity, a mixture of pink grapefruit, basil, neroli, patchouli, lavender and mandarin. Mmmm mmmm.
  4. Once I’m in bed with my cup of tea I’ll write in my gratitude journal. I write three things I’m grateful for, three successes from my day and three things I love about myself. This is something I encourage all of my coaching clients to get into the habit of doing and you too! Give it a try for a week and see how you feel.

Start transforming your evening routine step by step and find out what works for you. We’ve got this self care kings and queens!

Love Bids

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All products mentioned throughout can be purchased at OH NATURAL. The past couple of years I’ve awakened my consciousness when it comes to what products I’m using on my body and also how they’re impacting the world on an environmental and ethical scale. Jenna, the beauty who owns OH NATURAL, stocks only natural, organic and vegan products, supporting NZ businesses where she can. This is my absolute favourite store for all of my self care needs and have rustled up a discount code for you. Use GOALDIGGERSNZ for 10% off your entire order! 

 

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January 14, 2018 Bridget 4 comments

Twenty Seventeen was a year full of transformation and growth, self doubt and learning to act without expectation.

I started the year broken. I started the year the lightest I had weighed in a very long time yet with the weight of the world on my shoulders. I started the year with concerned friends making suggestions to go and talk to someone about my state of mind and look into antidepressants. I started the year dependant on those around me. I started the year numb, lost and full of uncertainty.

As depressing as it began, with the support from those around me, digging deep within myself and practicing what I preach to my coaching clients, it didn’t take me long to get back in the driver’s seat and turn 2017 into a pretty fucking magical year.

Twenty Seventeen was a year full of firsts for me. First year full time coaching and working on GDNZ. First time putting my undivided trust in the universe while ticking off my first bungy jump and skydive. First time entering a half marathon which went hand and hand with the first time raising over $1000 for a charity. First time being well and truly stood up for a date. First time exploring the beautiful Bay of Plenty and Mount Maunganui. First time being close to dealing with a grief I can’t even begin to imagine as one of my parent’s had a lucky escape from the Grim Reaper himself. First time easing off the GDNZ reins a little bit by putting my trust in another human being to help out with my baby! Just to name a few!

I travelled the country, twice. I explored places, walking tracks, waterfalls and beaches that supplied naturegasm after naturegasm. I made new friends, reconnected with old friends, and strengthened friendships with best friends. I had the honor of being a bridesmaid, standing beside some of the people closest to me, not once, but twice (and number three in a couple of weeks!). I travelled to Fiji and embraced Fiji Life twice, creating memories to last a lifetime with my Soul Sis and her now husbo. I had the privilege of working with a countless amount of ambitious, passionate and soul driven coaching clients that filled my soul bucket to the brim, teaching me more than they’ll ever know. I discovered new levels of fulfilment, contentment and became obsessively grateful (Thank you Soph).

Although it wasn’t all happy days. You will be surprised to know that I came very fucking close to giving up on GDNZ. In that second half of 2017, self doubt went into overdrive and I was well and truly considering throwing that towel in and never looking back. I doubted my coaching skills, I doubted my business owning abilities, I doubted that GDNZ was worthwhile pursuing. I was overwhelmed and the temptation of going back to teaching, going back to someone else calling the shots, going back to a steady, guaranteed salary, going back to ‘normal’ hours with ‘normal’ days off, was very real. This lasted a couple of months where I felt extremely low, unfulfilled and lost yet again. But it’s so important to know that this is all part of the journey, not just mine, but yours too. It created a whole lot of opportunity for growth and transformation. I had to get honest with myself, reevaluate what I wanted, why I wanted it, how much I wanted it and if I have been doing everything in my power to get there?

A big lesson learnt in twenty seventeen was that of acting without expectation. Especially when it comes to other people. As easy as it is to make assumptions of how something is going to turn out, or how somebody is going to act, the only person you can control is yourself. And as long as you are living, breathing and experiencing life with integrity in a way that aligns to your own values then you’ve nailed it, and that’s all that matters! In 2017 I learnt to act without expectation. I learnt to do what’s right and true to me for the sake of doing it, not because of the outcome.

I finished the year whole. I finished the year strong, confident and on top of the world. I finished the year making outrageous memories with my friends that I call family. I finished the year independent, in the zone and the most empowered I’ve ever been. I finished the year feeling all the feels, full of gratitude, love and spine tingling happiness. I finished the year knowing exactly who I am, where I’m heading and what I want out of life!

Isn’t it incredible what can happen in 365 days? Thank you for the lessons Twenty Seventeen! I’m more than ready to dig in to 2018! Are you? Let’s grow!

 

Bridget is currently taking on a limited number of clients for both the One Off Goal Setting Coaching Sessions and the 2018 Goal Digger Coaching Package. Get in touch if 2018 is your year for transformation and growth. Get in touch if you’re looking for support with setting goals, living an empowered and fulfilling life doing the things you want to be doing as well as support and accountability that will have you committed like never before. Fill out the contact form here, send Bridget a message on FB or IG, or flick Bridget an email at hello@goaldiggersnz.com

 

 

 

November 21, 2017 Bridget No comments exist

If you have read part one of my blog series about coming off the pill you’ll know how much of a negative impact it can have on our holistic health. (If you haven’t read it, go check it out now before you continue with part two, click here) I’m sure you’re wondering, what happens when you take that leap to go cold turkey off the pill and when you stop swallowing these mini tablets of artificial hormones. I can’t speak for everyone, again this is all from my own experience. Let’s start by looking at common side effects that can pop up when you stop taking the contraceptive pill. Remember these changes and side effects that take place are all signs of your body getting back to it’s natural state.

 

Common side effects you may experience when you stop taking the pill. Remember most of them are short term while your body and hormones are getting back into their own flow:

  • Lack of, or abnormal and/or irregular periods
  • Breakouts, all the pimples
  • Weight gain or weight loss, hormone imbalances can mess with your metabolism ¹
  • Your hair might fall out²
  • Increase or decrease in your usual PMS symptoms
  • Quote “You might feel friskier” Unquote. The D might be on your mind more than you ever imagined.³
  • You may feel the twinge or cramping mid cycle signalling ovulation known as Mittelschmerz
  • Your headaches may start to disappear ⁵
  • And for anyone that needs it spelt out, you could get pregnant immediately if having unprotected sex. #obvs

 

A lot of the common side effects have negative connotations with them, but as I mentioned above, it is your way of your body getting back to basics and the long term effects will be reversing (hopefully) all the not so great things being on the pill can do to our poor bods I mentioned in Part One e.g. improved gut health, increased and stable mood, mucus regulation, improved liver function… and the list goes on.

 

Here is what I have experienced over the past year after I stopped taking the contraceptive pill:

  • A stable mood with less mood swings. Things just don’t make me irritable as much as they used too. Especially the week before my period when I was taking the pill, I would rage, for no reason (which it totally fine by the way). Now I rarely experience mood swings on those levels. I do still experience a very low mood a couple of days before my period, but apart from that I can honestly say that my mood has been the steadiest it has ever been throughout my cycle.
  • Ahh. I didn’t know how far down the list to put this one, but let’s rip the bandaid off. Acne. Pimples. White heads. Black heads. On my jaw line. On my neck. On my shoulders. On my back.  This is one side effect that I really struggle with as I’ve never had bad skin before #firstworldproblems. I’ll get into what I’ve been doing to support this in part three. My skin has improved a fraction recently and it all comes down to what is going on in the inside, hormones, gut health and nutrition. This is a very common side effect that puts a lot of people off from making that choice to stop taking the pill.
  • My periods were regular when I came off the pill, but the length of my cycle took awhile to sort itself out. My periods have never been horrific, but they actually became lighter and shorter when I stopped taking the pill. I use an awesome app called Clue where I track my cycle which I’ll share about more in part three. But it is more than normal for your period to go MIA for awhile (or an extended period of time) when you do come off the pill, so don’t stress.
  • Changes in weight. This is one I hadn’t thought about until one of my lovely followers, Wendy, asked me if I had noticed any changes. I’m pretty positive there has been no direct correlation from coming off the pill to changes in my weight. But in saying that, weight is not something I focus on, perhaps if it was more on my radar I may have noticed some kind of difference. Now that we mention it, I do weigh a good 5kg heavier than when I was taking the pill – but this could be due to a number of environmental factors. I’m happy and healthy therefore I’m not to concerned with this one. It is important to note that hormones do play a huge role when it comes to fat loss. Dr Libby is an expert on this.
  • I have become more in tune with my body. Yep the more time you take to get to know your body and it’s signals, the more aware you become of where you are at in your cycle, how it can impact your holistic health and the best times of the month to take it easy or take advantage of endless energy (and of course the best time of the month to try make babies). Our bodies are mind blowing when you take the time to understand exactly what they do every single day. Something to be grateful for today, your bod.

All side effects aside, I would never go back on the contraceptive pill personally! Coming off it, the positives 100% outweigh the negatives, which really is only the ongoing pimples. But they’re slowly getting better with the help of a balanced diet and hormonal support. Part Three will be showcasing products and supplements I’ve used to help with these changes! Do you have any questions? Please leave a comment below!

  1. http://goingoffthepill.org/going-off-the-pill-side-effects/
  2. http://www.natkringoudis.com/so-you-stopped-the-pill-and-now-youre-loosing-your-hair/
  3. https://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/stopping-pill-10-ways-body-changes#2
  4. https://www.webmd.com/women/guide/mittelschmerz-pain#1
  5. https://www.self.com/story/this-is-what-stopping-the-pill-does-to-your-body

October 25, 2017 Bridget 1 comment

Last night I was told politely to stop being so humble and to get out of my own way.  By the one and only, spiritual realist, Emma Mildon. Thanks Em 😉 . But fuck she couldn’t have spoke more to my soul if she had tried. You might be the same as me and the fact that it is possible to be ‘too’ humble may not even be on your radar – but it is, it’s a thing!! Articles about eating too much humble pie here, here and here

I call bullshit. On you. And on myself.

For the last couple of months I’ve been holding myself back more than I ever have in my 27 years. More than I did at the beginning of my GDNZ journey. I have been holding myself back from sending emails to brands that I want to work with. Holding myself back from self-promotion. Holding myself back from dreaming big (when that is what I’m asking of my clients, hypocrite or human? 🤔). Holding myself back from posting more creative content that leaves me vulnerable e.g. videos of my face, workout posts, selfies, videos in general, me being me etc etc. Holding myself back from genuine connections. Holding myself back from asking for help, support and guidance. Holding myself back from celebrating. Ultimately holding myself and Goal Diggers NZ back from a shit load of growth.

This self-sabotage bullshit has got to stop.

What amazing experience, opportunity or growth are you getting in the way of right now? What bullshit have you been bringing to the table that has got to stop?

Be honest!!

Now tell me, what are you going to do about it? Here’s my game plan.

BIDS GAME PLAN 🙋🏽

▪️Email every brand, business, person and PR company that has been sitting on my list for way too fucking long AND while I’m here, if you’re one of the above and want to work with me, get in touch here and let’s create some magic

▪️Create video content and promote the shit out of the last intake for 2017 of The Goal Digger Coaching Package 

▪️Start actioning my dream big goals, including the much anticipated relaunch of GDNZ Clothing, a new monthly group coaching package for 2018, one off coaching sessions and a 2018 Goals & Gratitude diary (I may need to calm the farm on this one as 2018 is 9.2 weeks away and counting EDIT: Toni has called me out on my bullshit right here, I was waiting for someone to, so let’s make it happen!)

▪️Grow a vagina (EDIT: I originally had grow some nuts here, but vagina’s are stronger than testicles technically, thanks Angela and Betty White) and create some videos to share on my social platforms. And have my pro photographer, my Gal Pal Mel, take some photos of me in my workout kit and start posting some fitness based content, because so many of you ask me on snapchat (👻goaldiggersnz) about my workouts – and the food I fuel my bod with

▪️Reach out to the babes I stalk daily to see how we can connect, collaborate and create together

▪️Actually ask my friends and family for support instead of trying to send them telepathic messages. The first thing I’ll be asking them to support me with is my fundraiser for Kids Can NZ and this hellish Half Marathon and the training that goes with it. So friends and fam if you’re reading this get donating! You can donate here too, go on, every $1 counts and is appreciated. Please and thank you. DONATE TO KIDSCAN AND SUPPORT BIDS RUNNING HER FIRST MARATHON

▪️Come up with one hell of a celebration to mark GDNZ kicking around for 2 years as well as a BIG ASS launch for the new website – I did not give that enough love when I somewhat launched it while I was in Fiji! Keep your eyes peeled for some celebrations #GDNZSQUAD!

Now that’s a plan and a half! I must highlight that this won’t be happening all at once. Because that would just be fucking silly! After crafting my plan I can honestly say I am feeling more inspired, I’m feeling like I’m actually showing up and I’m feeling full of purpose again. I’m going to copy my plan over into my Goal Digger Coaching templates and whole heartedly dig in. Just watch me.

Your turn. What are you going to do about it?

If you need help with crafting a plan for getting the fuck out of your own way – I still have spaces available for the last intake of The Goal Digger Coaching Package. Get in touch here, let’s dig in together.

 

 

September 14, 2017 Bridget No comments exist

December last year I made the choice to stop taking the contraceptive pill. I think at that point I was on one called Ginet. How good are the names though.. Estelle, Ava, Yasmin. (Levlen, you really lucked out on the name front). They definitely sound like babes that you want to have in your squad. I can assure you, you don’t. They’re the type of friends that like to make you think they have your back. But they never do, never did and never will. I was compelled to stop taking the pill as I am becoming increasingly more mindful of what I’m putting in, on and around my body. Moving towards a fully natural based approach to my holistic health, I knew this needed to be one of the first things to go. Because there is nothing natural about taking a synthetic pill that controls your hormones and tells your ovaries what to do and what not to do. That sentence alone should start to get you thinking.

(DISCLAIMER: I know there are many people out there who think there is a place for the pill and can tell me a whole lot of medical facts about the many benefits. I am aware we are all entitled to our own opinion, and yes I know I’m not a medically trained professional so please don’t rip me a new one. This is my opinion, my experience and my perception. It’s okay if yours is different and you’re pro pill. If you’re passionate about it, write a blog post, send me the link and I’ll happily read it.)

Firstly, let’s start with why and when I went on the pill (Sorry parental’s and any other sensitive souls. Probably best to skip the next two lines).

Why? Well I’m not sure if that needs too much explanation…

When? Let’s set the scene with minimal detail. Circa late 2000’s. South city house party. Park. Tree. Dog shit. Boyfriend. Pop.

I would like to think I was a reasonably responsible 16 year old, therefore I trotted along to Family Planning. I waltzed on in there and had my very first contraceptive pill script written out. It was great. They give it out to you just like how the child catcher gives out candy in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. You answer some questions, they take some measurements and Bob’s your bloody Uncle (He actually is my Uncle, just FYI #funfact). And it gets better, they then tell you, that the contraceptive pill is 99% effective! You got it girl. Only 1% chance of you and your boyfriend (or boy that’s just a friend, or boy that’s just a boy and not even a friend) having a mini-me running around in 9 months time. BINGO!

Sounds ideal, right? I thought so for 10 years of my life and I can’t believe it took me 10 years. TEN FLIPPING YEARS, to begin to question what it is was doing to my body, my hormones and my potential to reproduce. All jokes and sarcasm aside, let’s get real and look at the facts…

(Huge thanks to my beautiful coaching client Elsa who helped me wrap my head around this topic, because there is so much bloody to it, we could write a book! Check out more of her work here at Blossoms and Figs)

Get ready, settle in and be prepared to become empowered to take control of your own holistic health…

  • The pill was the first medicine designed to be taken regularly by people who weren’t sick. What a concept!
  • The pill is a synthetic version of your sex hormones. The exact hormones that are made by our bodies can’t be replicated in a lab. The hormones in the pill are actually slightly different to the ones our bodies produce. Not natural by any means.
  • In simple terms the pill promotes continuous high levels of estrogen. High estrogen dominance is linked with decreased sex drive, bloating, fibrocystic breasts, headaches, mood swings, weight gain, cold hands and feet, hair loss, thyroid dysfunction, slow metabolism, brain fog, fatigue, insomnia and PMS. Just to name a few.
  • The pill plays havoc with your gut health. It actually disrupts the core function and damages your gut lining. Our body’s ability to absorb nutrients from the foods we eat is lowered also. Hello thrush!
  • Taking the pill long term can cause depression and anxiety. Low testosterone is associated with an increased risk of depression which is exactly what we experience when taking the pill as it is predominantly pumps estrogen into our body. If that wasn’t bad enough, the pill interferes with your Vitamin B6 metabolism, and guess what? Vitamin B6 deficiency is associated with depression.
  • The pill messes with your cervical mucus which in turn can mess with your fertility. Without going into too much detail, the contraceptive pill stops you from getting pregnant by not only tricking your body into thinking it is already pregnant and halting ovulation but it also stops production of a certain type of mucus that is vital for fertilisation while increasing production of another type of mucus that helps to stop fertilisation.  With these changes in mucus the sperm can’t live inside your vagina or get anywhere near your eggs. It can take quite some time for your cervix to start regulating your natural mucus after discontinuing taking the pill – and unfortunately your cervix may never fully recover.
  • Women who take the pill are nearly at ten times the risk of dying from pulmonary embolism (a blood clot reaching the heart) than those who aren’t taking it.
  • The pill is toxic and directly affects the liver. The liver in Chinese medicine is responsible for moving energy, blood and nutrients around the body . The pill very often stagnates this energy meaning that the body isn’t nourished adequately. This is why so many women experience migraines, headaches and even weight gain whilst taking the OCP. It affects the normal and natural rhythm of the body.
  • There are a number of people on the pill to help with the symptoms of PCOS and endometriosis, however the hormone imbalances caused by the pill can contribute to the cause of PCOS and endometriosis. The pill is taken to help ‘regulate’ hormones however its not regulating of course its taking over! The pill helps endometriosis symptoms as it stops the endometrial tissue growing and because there is less lining to ‘shed’ each month this causes the a lot of the pain as the body is trying to get rid of it, but there’s nothing there!  The pill is again used as a band aid, instead of treating the cause, the symptoms are treated. There are a number of natural treatments to ease the symptoms of PCOS and endometriosis, diet and lifestyle play a huge role.
  • On top of all that, have you seen the list of possible side effects that comes with your pill? Go read it. Now.

That list highlights only a number of reasons as to why I stopped taking the pill. You will find all the links I used as reference’s below, as well as a few other goodies that I came across and found super interesting while researching to write this blog post. Nat Kringoudis is your gal to follow if you want to keep learning, and let’s be honest, I know you do.

Coming Soon

Part Two – What I experienced when I came off the pill, the good, the bad and the weird plus the products that I used to help support the transition

Part Three – How to not get pregnant once you’re off the pill. And yes, it involves having sex. 

References and interesting links – it’s incredibly empowering to do research about your own bod and make your own informed decisions!

See More about The Pill and it’s adverse affect’s on your holistic health..

 

September 14, 2017 Bridget No comments exist

ACTIVEWEAR GOALS AT GOALS STORE

Babes, Sophie Gibbs and Caroline Walak, from the Goals Store invited me to come up to hang with them for the afternoon at their gorgeous store in Arrowtown a month or so ago. We had a lot in common. Activewear addicts. Tick. Ambitious babes with a passion for goals. Tick. Born and bred Southern girls. Tick. I couldn’t not go meet them and see what they’re all about! I had visited the store a few times before as Central Otago is on the back doorstep and a place I love to explore. I already knew that the shop was fully stocked with a huge range of incredible activewear brands as well as having the largest selection of fresh sneakers in the Lakes District.

 

I spent the afternoon chatting away to these babes, while I tried on multiple activewear ensembles. I wanted to leave with every single thing I tried on. When you’re in there browsing you really get the feel that each piece is handpicked by these gorgeous girls. Some of my favourite brands the Goals Store stock are Adidas, Elwood, Lorna Jane and Slinkii Athletic. Check out a few of the outfits I tried on below, and make sure you head to the bottom of the page to see how you can get a discount at both the Goals Store in Arrowtown and at the online shop. #activeweargoals #mindbodygoals

   

If you follow me on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat) you will know that I went home with a number of pieces that have been keeping me warm over these colder months, as well as a couple of amazing Lorna Jane bras (new fav bra’s) and a fresh pair of New Balance Classic 247’s in Bone. Soph and Caro are always ordering the latest styles in, so make sure you head over to the online shop to check out what’s new. If you’re in Queenstown or Arrowtown anytime, make sure you pop in, say hi and try your best not to leave without buying anything! Here’s an exclusive discount code for our #GDNZSQUAD use it online or mention it in store for 10% off.

 

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April 19, 2017 Bridget No comments exist

Who run the world? GIRLS! I instantly vibed with these two when they started popping up on my social media with their non for profit organisation, Prepair NZ. They share the same passion as we do here at GDNZ for self-love while they teach young women about healthy relationships and educating them on how to recognise unhealthy and abusive relationships. This message resonates with me on a number of levels, having been in a mentally abusive relationship myself for a number of years – but not recognising that until years later and after going through a whole lot of reflecting and soul searching. Sadly it seems to be a common situation for us as women (and men too #equality) throughout Aotearoa. Liv and Irene are here to help change all that and they believe that starting with loving yourself is the key to healthy relationships, connections and experiences. And I couldn’t agree more!! A very inspirational and relatable read! Dig in!!

A little bit about us…

Prepair NZ is an educational prevention strategy for domestic abuse in Aotearoa.

We work  with young women from 13-29 to advocate for healthy relationships firstly with self and then with others through workshops and a school programme. Part of our work is educate around the early signs of abuse in a relationship so our participants know what to do if they experience or witness it.

Prepair NZ was started in 2015 by Irene and joined by Liv in the following year.

We do this work because we both experienced an abusive relationship without any education of the warning signs or mental and emotional abuse. We found out years later and we really cannot bear the thought of other young women being trapped in a relationship and unaware that it is abusive.


We were inspired to start up Prepair NZ because…

Liv: I wanted to be part of something I so needed when I was younger, Prepair enables me, and gives me a voice to educate and inspire women who were the old me. I am so inspired by the thought of a future generation of strong boss ladies who love themselves wholeheartedly, who chase their dreams, and whom contribute to a society which advocates for nothing but love.

Irene: I really struggle with the idea that I left college knowing how to do algebra but I couldn’t identify that I was in an abusive relationship for four years. It made me really angry and at the same time really passionate about doing something about it.

You could say the moment I found out, my fireheart was ignited. Now, I just won’t stop until something is done about it.

My motivation is a vision of NZ free from domestic violence.

We were challenged by…

Irene: In the beginning, showing up and being seen really challenged me.

I knew one day I would need to share my story with others and I wanted the people I loved to hear the story directly from me rather than through others. I found it really hard to tell my story to my Dad because we are so close. I was afraid that hearing my story would hurt him.

I ended up doing it in a letter it was so difficult to do face to face.

I’m glad that I did because today he is so supportive of Prepair NZ and it means I can tell my story quite openly with others now knowing that he is there to back me 100%.

We are the bomb diggity because we have recently…

Liv: One of my 6 month goals was to quit the gym and give Crossfit a try instead. Not only did I sign up, but I just participated in the 5 week ‘Crossfit Open’. This put me out of my comfort zone massively. But in doing so it allowed me to challenge myself, to get stronger and to meet some boss new people.

Irene: This year I left my role as a bank manager to focus on myself and Prepair NZ.

It took me a little while to go ahead and do it. After 9 years in the industry it was all I knew.

I honestly thought I would struggle to change my lifestyle. I thought I would miss my income. I can truly say I have never regretted my choice and I’ve never missed my income. I’m living my life according to what I feel is right in that moment. I love living my life by design.

We were held back from achieving our goals when…

Liv: Something I have learnt though many a mistake, is that often I set drastic and unattainable goals, and then when I don’t achieve them, I feel a sense of, guilt, failure and unworthiness. What I do now is start small, set mini goals, celebrate when I achieve them, and this gives me motivation and passion to continue until I get that big goal of mine.

Irene: I knew for a long time that I wanted to work on Prepair NZ full time and I put it off for so long. I was afraid of what people would think of me for leaving a job that was so secure to put my heart in soul into this work.

I had a really good mentor who coached me through the process of preparing to leave. One thing she said to me was , “You don’t owe anyone anything. Not your team, colleagues or family.”

Part of me felt like I owed it to them to stick around. Luckily I’ve always had great mentors around me who push me out of my comfort zone!

We are risk takers because…


Liv: I am comfortable being uncomfortable, I live my life out of my comfort zone and I know if I’m not, I’m not living in my values and I’m not being true to myself.

Currently Digging for…

Liv: Currently digging to be able to work for Prepair full time. I currently have a full time job and my current goal is to find more time to be involved in all things PPNZ, until eventually it will be what I do for a living!

Irene: Oh, I have some big old dreams and goals. A couple of them are, I would love to spend a couple of months in Italy purposefully to write a book – sounds crazy huh? I want to do a Ted Talk and I would love to go on a holiday this year with my partner.

The best part about setting goals around our passions and living life our way is…

Irene: I LOVE that everyday I wake up and I have choice. The expectations at the end of everyday sit with me. My goals are only as big as I dare to make them and that is soo cool. I feel like this is what Freedom feels like.


Top 3 bucket list goals ticked off…

Liv:

  • Travelling around Europe has been a highlight of my life
  • I completed Outward Bound in November
  • Swimming in phosphorescence (look it up, SO amaze)

Irene:

  • Bungy Jump
  • A solo holiday in the islands
  • Reconnecting with self in Ubud, Bali

WORD…

“We are living ambassadors of our ancestors in the here and now.”

“ Be who you needed when you were younger.”

Get listening to…

Liv: Well I just went to see Adele so I’m pretty obsessed with her right now! Her songs ‘Sweetest Devotion’ or ‘Miss you’ are some of my favs

Irene: I’m such a 90s Hip Hop + RnB type of girl. When things get tough Liv and I literally put this on replay to get ourselves in the zone!

I still remember waiting 2 days to download Destiny’s Child – The Writing’s on the Wall back in the day. I also love Lauryn Hill, India Arie!



When self-doubt and CBF creeps in we stalk… because…

Liv: One of my favourite role models in life is Brene Brown. Whenever I am feeling low, unmotivated or ‘ick’ I watch one of her TED talks, read a paragraph of one of her books, or even pinterest her quotes! Lady crush right here, this lady always puts everything into perspective for me.

Irene: I love watching Youtube Clips from Oprah, Super Soul Sundays. I also listen to Iyanla Vanzant who has a very direct approach to our role in a relationship and anything by Maya Angelou stirs my soul.

When we just need to laugh we…

Liv: Humour honestly gets me through life… I’m constantly finding something funny. But if I’m running low on the lol’s I’ll look up some serious meme’s or watch some Seven days, they get me going pretty good!

Irene: The best thing about working with Liv is that she always brings the LOLs. Tagging me in memes, showing me her line dancing moves or her sweet dance moves always crack me up!

While you’re here, let’s set some magic and mindful intentions! We will…

Liv:

Do More… Random acts of kindness.

See More… Of the world.

Be More… Myself, everyday.


Irene:

Do More… Journalling + reading old journal entries. It’s like a little gift to yourself when you look back on the words that you wrote down for yourself.

See More… Of the world. 

Be More… Willing to show up and be seen.


Our top 3 tips for living a kick-ass fulfilling life…


Liv

  • Surround yourself with people who love you and make you happy, people who inspire you to be better and people who push you to achieve this.
  • Invest in self-love, work hard at it and never stop.
  • Be courageous and get out of your comfort zone regularly!

Irene

  • That thing that scares you & excites you all at the same time? – Do that
  • Be clear on what your personal values are. They help set meaningful boundaries for you and others.
  • Set a vision for yourself. Write it down, put it in a vision board or speak it out loud. It should energise you to read or look at your creation. Now keeping moving towards the goal!

See More from Prepair NZ, Liv and Irene…

Prepair NZ Website

Prepair NZ Facebook

Prepair NZ Instagram

Liv’s Instagram

Irene’s Instagram

Photo credit: Devanga Wanigasinghe

March 22, 2017 Bridget No comments exist

Where does one even begin when they have just read answers to questions that feel like they came straight out of their own head. I’m currently feeling like this one, Courtney Ogle, and I have somehow been separated at birth or perhaps, far more logical, been sisters in a past life, because holy cow I actually feel like Court was in my brain while she was writing her answers. Lion King, yes. Revie Jane, yes. Hilarious, yes. Celine Dion, yes. Living a kick-ass fulfilling life, yes. DDRUUMMMM ROOLLLLLLLL (I used to be a teacher, and when I’d say DRRRUMMM ROOLLLL the kids would slap their thighs continuously until I was ready to make my announcement so I’m really hoping that you’re not letting me down and you are doing the same haha!!!) Because this lovely lady, deserves a bloody decent drum roll. Court and I connected a couple of years ago through Crave and GDNZ. I have been lucky enough to meet her in person and Court radiates everything she has written here and then some. I am inspired by her courage, determination and beautiful soul and am ecstatic to be working alongside herself, Rhys and Crave Lifestyle in the near future (watch this space, or should I say ship, space-ship? You’ll get the joke one day!). Court is an expectational example of someone living the #GDNZLIFESTYLE. Court has created a life full of her passions, purpose and everything she loves doing, she has taken risks, she is smashing goal after goal and inspiring others to do the same along the way! I can assure you, once you’re through with this Featured Goal Digger, you will be craving more! Dig in!

A little bit about me…

My name is Courtney and I am one half of the team at Crave Lifestyle. I am also a daughter to the best ma and pa I could ask for; I am a middle sister of two amazing brothers; I am a friend to some of the most loving and supportive people on this little place we call earth; and I am an aunty to hands-down the cutest little dude I have ever met. I am super lucky and grateful.

I have an undying love for the beach (even in winter), a slight obsession with time (it passing me by, as well as watches/clocks/egg timers and other ways to tell it), wild hair, and love the smell of freshly mown grass.

I grew up dreaming about running my own business – then ended up in the corporate world, working in marketing within the financial services industry of all places. But that all changed in 2015 when I finally decided it was time to live the dream. Working with Rhys to bring Crave Lifestyle to life was one of the most fulfilling years of my life so far.

I love coming up with creative ideas and get super passionate about the work that I do. Crave Lifestyle is a huge part of my life, but when I’m not working on that dream I am helping other businesses to achieve theirs. I am currently contracting to a couple of great businesses/charities to help them with their marketing efforts. I love the chance it gives me to meet with a variety of people, and get creative in different industries.

Rhys and I were inspired to start up Crave Lifestyle because…

We’re both so passionate about living a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and we want people to experience some of what the world has got to offer at the same time.

Crave Lifestyle is about empowering you to create an active and balanced life through your daily actions, in a way that works for you. It’s about learning new skills or knowledge to help you build a lifestyle that you crave.

Whether it’s with personal training clients, corporate teams, or our guests on retreat, there is nothing better than seeing that you have helped them make a change in their life and the positive results they’re experiencing from that.

If you were to come on our Crave Fiji Retreat you can expect…

All the options that you can dream of, and the opportunity to tailor make each day to create your perfect holiday.

Guests experience workouts that focus on fun (high and low intensity options), workshops, relaxation sessions, spa treatments, Pilates, beautiful accommodation, delicious food, bubbles and cocktails (yes, actually), snorkeling, coral reefs and pretty fish, sunshine, laughs, other amazing people, fresh seafood, tennis, surfing, local markets, adventures, fun, new friends, local culture, beach walks, SUP and kayak adventures, and so much more! We’ll even take you shark diving if you really want to.

It’s an escape to paradise, where you can find your happy, healthy, balanced self. Go home with new friends, refreshed spirit and energy, and the bonus of a glowing Fiji tan. Pure bliss.

I am the bomb diggity because I have recently…

Followed the dream and put my all into launching Crave Lifestyle with Rhys (and the help and support of so many others of course). In the process I found what drives me, what inspires me and started working towards other goals that I had put on the back burner. One of my major achievements is losing a heavy 24kg of self-doubt and poor self-esteem, disguised as a booty, tummy, and general padding all over. While the weight-loss itself is a great achievement, what’s more mind-blowing to me is that the other day I looked in the mirror and thought to myself “oh wow, I actually like that part of my body now”. That’s a big mindset shift from where I have been in the past and I’m stoked.

I was held back from achieving my goals when…

  • I’ve been held back from many goals, particularly in business, by just not backing myself enough. I’ve learnt to open up to other people and trust more. By letting people in to help me when I need it, and encourage me to help myself, has had a huge impact.
  • Mindset in general is a massive help or hindrance with regards to goals. Rhys has helped me to change my mindset with my weight-loss journey and then it has flowed on to everything else as well.
  • Worrying too much about what other people will think of me has also been a barrier to success. Still a work in progress, but the older I get and with the more experiences I have in this crazy little life, I’m starting to realise what’s more important. Take on advice, cast aside pointless opinions and comments.

I’m a risk taker because…

Yeeeeah I’m not really that much of a risk taker. It makes me nervous. But that’s where Rhys and I balance each other out with Crave so it works well.

I guess leaving my very comfortable role in the corporate world to chase the Crave dream was a bit of a risk, but one I was excited to make as well. Self-employed life can be filled with uncertainty, and it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, but surrounding yourself with the right people is what gets you through, and bringing it all to life is worth it.

Currently Digging for…

Crave is still so fresh! We have so many ideas that we want to make happen to bring the brand to life and allow us to achieve our goals of helping others. We’ve got some exciting things on the go this year that we’ll be sharing with you all very soon…

The best part about setting goals around my passion and living life my way is…

You always have the power to change. If you don’t like something or it’s not working, then change it. The other thing I love is that you meet so many likeminded people that you click with. There will always be people that judge you or make huge assumptions about you and your life, but when you start chasing your dream you also uncover this other group of amazing people that will support, guide and encourage you to achieve your goals.

Top 3 bucket list goals ticked off…

  • Brought the Crave dream to life.
  • Explored some of the world’s beauty. There will always be more to see, but I’m super grateful that I worked hard to travel to the places I’ve been. Nothing can replace those experiences.
  • Wear a bikini, on a beach, in the public eye! Some say its silly, but for some reason it took a lot for me to achieve and I am proud of it.

Top 3 bucket list goals to tick off…

  • Help, inspire or motivate one person to achieve their health goals. Hard to track, but I feel like if I manage to make a big enough difference then they will let me know!
  • Launch my next business idea, and grow Crave to be the number 1 retreat that people think of and want to join.
  • Write a kids book. Always been a dream of mine. Watch this space.

#WORD…

  • “Comparison is the thief of joy” – Teddy Roosevelt

I’ve loved this quote for so many years, but I still need to remind myself of these words on a regular basis. When we stop comparing our bodies, our skills, our lives in general to what others have, then we can really start to enjoy it.

  • “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction, can end up being the biggest step in your life”

Whether you put it down to purposeful action or fate, I wholeheartedly believe this message. I was stuck on the idea with Crave and wanted to take it further but was holding back for some reason. That small step of going to see Rhys for training ended up being the biggest change in my personal and professional life. I will always be grateful for my brother guiding me to go and have a chat to Rhys, and to Rhys for having the Crave dream as well, and driving us forward to make it happen whenever I doubted myself.

Get listening to…

Running – Come Alive, Netsky

Gym sesh – Touch The Sky, Kanye

Relax/laying in the grass watching the clouds float by – Me (Analogue Dear Rework), Nils Frahm

Guilty pleasure – anything from Celine, Whitney or Tina, My Girl (The Temptations), Black or White (MJ), James Bay, or the Lion King Soundtrack. Not joking. Not embarrassed.

Get watching…

Hunt for the Wilderpeople. So many giggles!

When self-doubt and CBF creeps in I stalk… because ……

RevieJane – because she’s real. She’s talented, she’s passionate, she’s busy as heck with the work and mumma life but she’s still making it happen. Plus her bub is super cute. All this is just a perception of course because I don’t actually know her, but she does her thing and she does it with a smile on her face and I like that. I never feel any less about myself after seeing her posts.

Coach Rhys – because he knows his stuff and has enough drive and motivation to get us all going. He shares great workouts for people to try and motivating thoughts that help me to see things from a different perspective.

When I just need to laugh I …..

Watch Bridget’s snap story haha! But seriously, when I need a laugh I find that I need to force myself to touch base with friends. They help me lighten up and see the bright side of things again. Whether it’s a phone call or simply just tagging each other in yet another silly cat video on social media, it always ends in a good giggle.

Another favourite is to get out for a walk and try to take in the environment around you and get rid of that overwhelming feeling. Smile at someone as you pass them. Listen to the kids laughing as they play on the playground. Look at that cute dog wagging its tail. Little things like that go a long way and I guarantee you’ll feel so much better by the time you’re home again.

While you’re here, lets set some magic and mindful intentions! I will…

Do More… Work. Jooooking. I need to do more relaxing…..and Pilates! Find that balance, figuratively and literally.

See More… Friends and family. There will always be work that can be done, emails that need to be sent, and bills that need to be paid, but it’s the people that really matter and they may not always be there. One of my biggest goals this year is to find balance with my social life again, and spend more time with the people that encourage me, drive me forward and make me happy.

Be More… Trusting – in myself and others. I have a lot to offer the world, and it has a lot to offer me. Being more confident in myself and trusting will open me to so much more; opportunities to do more, see more and be more!

I invest in my mind, body and soul by…

Exercise and healthy eating are the best investment I’ve made, and continue to make. Moving my body makes me feel great and it flows through to everything else I do in the day. I have massively struggled with body image issues in the past, and to be honest I still do, but I try hard to shift my focus to everything that my body has achieved and can achieve if I put my mind to it. Just like training your muscles, training your mind is something that we need to do regularly.

If my head and heart need a little extra loving or breathing space, you’ll find me at the beach or on top of a hill somewhere. I’m such a water baby in spirit and I find that there is nothing more grounding for me than a bit of time with sand between my toes and water lapping at my feet. If I cant get to the beach, up a hill I go. Fresh air, open space and an amazing view – I feel like “me” again after that.

My top 3 tips for living a kick-ass fulfilling life…

  • Take the jump and chase what has been calling you! You can always go and get another job/flat/plane ticket/plan if it doesn’t quite work out.
  • Surround yourself with the right people. Business partners, friends, mentors, motivators. I would be completely lost without mine.
  • Talk to someone before it boils over. When I start getting overwhelmed, I generally start closing off. If I catch myself and talk to someone about it before then, the result is so much better! Problems that may seem huge can disappear in an instant just by opening up to someone and seeing it from a different perspective. See point 2.

Crave Lifestyle and Goal Diggers NZ have some exciting future plans together and we can’t wait to share them with you. To keep the #GDNZSQUAD happy in the mean time though, Crave are offering you all a ridiculous $400 off their Crave Fiji Package if you book between now and Weds the 29th March 2017 (dependent on room availability). Is a holiday in paradise with a focus on your holistic wellness something you’re craving? I bet it is!! If so, email hello@cravefitnessholidays.com for all the information (or check out the website below) and tell them you’re part of the #GDNZSQUAD to take advantage of the amazing offer they’re putting on for us! You’re welcome. I’ve got your back!

See More from Courtney and Crave 

Crave Lifestyle Facebook
Crave Lifestyle Instagram
Crave Lifestyle Website
Courtney Instagram

 

 

March 6, 2017 Bridget 1 comment

If multi-tasking was a professional sport or skill at the Olympics, I’d be there. I’d fucking win. And while I’m standing up there on the podium proud as punch receiving my glorious gold medal, I’ll be making efficient use of my time by networking with my fellow medal receivers #goaldiggers, directing someone with very precise instructions to take a photo of me for the gram (all my friends and family know just how precise we’re talking about here), all the while singing the national anthem (in tune, of course) and thinking up the next thing I have to tick of my ‘to do’ list. I currently have 21 tabs open in this window of Google Chrome (plus I have another google chrome window open too, let’s not even go there), I’ve replied to 5 different emails, snapchats, FB messages, iMessages in the space of 4 minutes while writing this introduction, I’m sipping away on three different beverages because who would just settle for one and while I’m writing this I’m using my virtual calendar (the one in my head) to think of the best time to book in two Goal Digger Introduction Coaching Sessions with two new potential clients.

Am I a Goal Digger? No! I’m fucking crazy. Am I a Multi-tasking Queen? Yes! But I’m still fucking crazy.

Here’s why. Now let’s bring some structure back into my life by breaking down why my multi-tasking is in fact fucking mental, resulting in me feeling stressed out, unproductive, overwhelmed and all over the bloody show, into two factual chunks of reasoning. See, structure. Calm down. Relax. Let’s look at one thing at a time.

A) Nothing is getting done. Okay no, I’m lying. I’ve nailed multi-tasking so that shit does get done. But it’s not getting done with my full attention, my full potential or my full determination. I really am struggling right now to ignore every notification that is popping up and every idea that is bouncing around in my brain. Full focus is on this blog post. Right here, right now (If you sung that in your head with the tune of old mate Fat Boy Slim, I like you, I like you a lot). Let’s go.

B) Nothing is getting my full attention. You know the Be More Present message I send out to you all, yeah nah, currently a no-go. Sorry!! #fraud. The only time that anything gets my full attention at the moment is when I am coaching a client. I switch my data off on my phone. I turn off all notifications on my laptop. I clear my desk (I keep the beverages though). I close down unneeded tabs. My focus and my energy is 100% on them. And you know what? It is amazing, productive, fulfilling and motivating. So how do we put that much dedication into everything we do?

Here are 5 strategies that I am going to implement as of right now to rid myself of my multi-tasking crown (although there is always a time and place, right?)

1. Close your fucking tabs

This one is going to challenge my integrity, it gave me heart palpitations and sweaty palms just thinking about it. Ok guys, only keep three tabs open in your internet browser at one time. THREE TABS AND THREE TABS ONLY! Three tabs should be heaps! Three tabs is heaps!! (Currently going to close 18 tabs BRB) Holy shit, that actually feels better already!! Now I can focus on the task at hand without worrying about when I’ll put my order through for 100% Organic Bamboo G-Strings from Australia #priorities.

2. Allocate yourself time

Time and I have a love hate relationship because to me time is just an illusion. I mean who invented time? What is time? Are we in the present? Does the present exist? Or is there only the past and the future? (Another blog post entirely, see, fuck it, I’m multi-tasking again!!) Okay but if we are going to go all mainstream and define time as the days, weeks, months in a year and the seconds, minutes, hours in a day then yes we can allocate time. So for each ‘task’ you have to get done today, allocate yourself time. Once that time is up, move on to the next ‘task’ and allocate yourself more time tomorrow for anything unfinished. E.g. Write blog post 60 minutes (could probably take 42 minutes if I stopped multi-tasking), strength training circuit 45 minutes (break it down, I know the workout itself takes 30 minutes, 7.5 minutes each side to get organised, pack up etc.), emails 30 minutes in the morning (seriously I need to do this as of tomorrow, emails are multi-tasking enemy number one). But make sure you allocate time for stalking, dance parties and eating Whittakers Dark Almond Chocolate too, all that fun stuff.

3.  Sign out of Facebook

Oh my god, please don’t reprimand me, but holy shit somebody had to say it. Facebook is like a sneaky multi-tasking minx that wants you to fail at life. What a shit head!!! Turn off your notifications, better yet log out off the app or the website if you’re on your laptop. I am repeating myself over here but give yourself an allocated time that you go on to Facey and check out what the ex is up to (no don’t, don’t do that), see what your annoying acquaintance from school is moaning about this week (just unfriend them, go on I know you want to) or see what epic events you’ve been invited to (or haven’t been invited to haha).  If you are like next level wanting to get your shit together then you could make the huge call and delete the app off your phone. Big fucking call though.  That is like nek level anti-multi-tasking terrorist group stuff. You have my full support and admiration, let the force be with you.

4. #priorities and focus

Write down everything you think you have to do at the start of the day, but choose three MUST DO’s that take top priority over the other things. The other things aren’t quite as important and the world won’t end if they don’t get done until tomorrow (or the next day, week, month, year ….)  Must do’s could involve paying the power bill, creating a meal plan for the week ahead, giving your baby a bath, sending through your job application, anything that has repercussions if it is not completed ASAP (think no power, toast for dinner, stinky baby and no job). Other things, the non must do’s, may include ordering 100% Organic Bamboo G-Strings from Australia, painting your toenails or folding the washing (you don’t actually need to make this a #1 priority, the world still spins while your washing sits in the washing basket, it’s not going anywhere!). Oh and don’t forget to focus, ignore anything else, it’s not the priority at this point in time, unless someone needs an ambulance, like that time my sister gave birth to my niece down the hallway and my Mum had to deliver the baby with step by step instructions from the ambulance officer, I’ll make an allowance for something like that. Do the must do’s and you’ll be feeling accomplished, fulfilled and productive in no time.

5. Love thyself

At the end of the day, we’re all pretty fucking incredible. Yes, even you! ALL OF US!! Sometimes just getting out of bed in the morning is an achievement in itself. I still have those days (you better believe it Snapfam!) and that was my life for weeks circa December 2016 (shout out to my friends who motivated me to get out of bed and shower before returning to bed again #goals). So be kind to yourself. Like really, truly. Reflect daily on all the amazing things you do for the people around you, for yourself, for your friends, for your family. It might not be winning a gold medal at the Olympics, saving $10,000 or running a half marathon in under 60 minutes but we all make small achievements daily. You might not think you’re smashing it but my gorgeous #GDNZSQUAD you are. You totally are! We all need to work on being more present, focussing on the task at hand and letting go of ‘need to do’s’ because life’s too short to put the luxing before hanging out with friends or getting a massage. Love yourself and the rest will flow. I’ve got your back! Less multi-tasking, more living an authentic purpose-filled life! Oh and Whittakers Dark Almond Chocolate #notsponsored #thankssimon.

Bonus tip (this is one I usually only share with my coaching clients, lucky much?)

If you use google docs (if you don’t you need to start) open up a tab, I’ll allow a fourth tab for this, think yourself incredibly lucky, and create a new blank doc called Brain Farts. Whenever your brain thinks of something off ‘task’ flick over to that, write it in, then refocus on what you’re meant to be doing, like writing a blog post that I can tell you did definitely not only take 60 minutes to write. If you’re not technology based (no judgement) then use anything that will work for you, whiteboard, piece of A4 paper straight out of the printer, a tissue, toilet paper, just whatever is accessible at the time of the brain fart.

 

March 2, 2017 Bridget No comments exist

Here’s an honest introduction for you… I sent through these questions to Holly last year and have only just sorted my shit out to get her up on the blog, because, one word, LIFE! Yeah we all know how the ending of 2016 went for me ?Anyway, Holly and I have rekindled our inter-mance (new word I made up, I’m good at making up new words, it’s like a relationship through the internet, duh) recently bonding over similar views and values on meaningful topics such as body image, women supporting women and authenticity (Keep your eyes peeled for a collab blog post highlighting one of these topics very soon #worlddomination). Although I haven’t quite reached the THREE ZERO yet, Holly’s blog 30vs30 gets me pretty pumped up about it! I love seeing how women in their thirties are living and knowing that the number of our age reflects absolutely nothing. I should know this though as I still get asked for ID at R16 movies (big LOL)! I am really excited about sharing this feature with you all. Holly is authentic, determined and is bursting with valuable advice. Dig in! No disappointment with this one!

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

  1. I love listening to jazz, it reminds me of being lost on the streets of New York and keeps me dreaming big.
  2. I have an obsession with exposed brick, high stud spaces.
  3. My wardrobe is categorised by colour at all times.
  4. I have a Persian cat called Olive who is the love of my life and I live on a farm in the middle of Ponsonby with my Hukanui squad and a mini horse called Jafa.
  5. I value quality over quantity, especially when it comes to shoes, dining experiences and those I surround myself with.

I work in media, specialising in content partnerships and influencer marketing which I absolutely love. I am so lucky to be able to develop my skills in this industry, both professionally and personally. The world of content and digital marketing both, intrigues me and I am driven by the challenges we face in this industry every day.

What inspired you to create 30 vs 30 and what is your vision for this…

The inspiration behind the blog was to explore the differences in lifestyles lived by women in their thirties. I am inspired daily by friends all over the world who are creating a lifestyle unique to their own passions and goals and not always what society encourages. I wanted to create a platform that could celebrate these women and share their stories in an inspirational way.

30vs30 is also a creative outlet for me. It’s not only a place where I can share stories, but is a place where I can collaborate with other bloggers, brands and individuals who inspire me.

I am the bomb diggity because I have recently…

I have found that my motivation can come from the smallest of achievements. Any new collaboration, partnership or opportunity can mean the world to me. To know that something I have created is of value to someone else, gives me an amazing sense of achievement.

My biggest accomplishment is coming up in Spring and I can’t wait to share it with everyone!

I was held back from achieving my goals when…

A lack of confidence held me back for many years, both professionally and socially. Worrying what other people would think if I took risks or set myself a goal that may have appeared ‘unrealistic’. Then I landed a role within an industry I absolutely love. I proactively look for opportunities to up skill wherever possible and thrive on new challenges. I enjoy building on my experience in this space and the more I learn, the more confident I become.

With the job came all the social events and not all invites included a plus one! This meant I often stood alone, awkwardly at the front door not knowing anyone. It didn’t take long before I took a few steps forward and found myself easily making friends and new work contacts. My social confidence quickly grew. I choose to surround myself with people who lift me up and build my confidence.

I also love a good heel … instant confidence!

I’m a risk taker because…

I’ve pushed myself to be! If I didn’t take risks I would be living a life with little surprise, excitement or sense of achievement. Risks can end in a fail, but the fails make you stronger. I’m so grateful for the life I live but I am constantly on the hunt to create new experiences and milestones and am willing to take the risks required to achieve them.

#WORD…

“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone” – Coco Channel

This quote is a true reflection of my first two years in my thirties. I’ve focused on being true to myself, to build my own dreams and aspirations and live my life as a true representation of who I am, no one else.

Get listening to…

Tony Bennett and Jill Scott

Get watching…

La La Land, I love musicals.

When self-doubt and CBF creeps in you stalk…

Miss Gunner – I love watching her little adventures.

When I just need to laugh I…

watch Friends, call my friend Morgan or check on Insta story to see if ‘What Hazel Says’ has uploaded any new rants (honestly this girl is worth a follow)

While you’re here, lets set some magic and mindful intentions! I will…

Do More… squats!

See More… of what is around me. Explore the beauty of New Zealand.

Be More… patient.

I invest in my body, mind and soul by…

Taking long walks along the beach when at our beach house. Breathing in the salt air stimulates the immune system not to mention free of harmful vapours and exhaust fumes! I invest in my mind through travel – to learn from and appreciate other cultures, lifestyles and people. The more interesting the people are around you, the more interesting you become.  I invest in my soul by spending time on my own without social media. When I get home from work I lie down on my bed with my cat and take 30mins out to just be.

My top 3 tips for living a kick-ass fulfilling life…

  1. Be happy and content on your own. Others should add to that happiness.
  2. Say yes more.
  3. Step outside your comfort zone, go to an event on your own and approach people you haven’t met before, it’s so fulfilling.

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