Category: BE MORE

August 8, 2018 Goal Diggers NZ 1 comment

If you follow along on IG you will know that I spent most of July naturegasming in Takapuna while house and puppy sitting for my friend Emma. What most of you don’t know is that I actually lost Luna. Ha, I bet you’re thinking, gee Bids you kept that one well under wraps.

 

I know right. Like worst case fucking scenario ever. Losing the dog that you’ve flown to Auckland to look after. Not to mention Em loves her like nothing else on this planet. As horrendous as the whole experience was, there were a few lessons learnt from the palava that I want to share with you all, because I think they’re bloody gems. I’m going to take one for the team and relive the day for you so the context is set and the lessons are wildy powerful.

 

One of my favourite people and amazing friend Soph was up for the weekend. It was Sunday. We had just gotten back from crystal shopping if I remember correctly, hello angel phantom and we were having a quick tidy up before we headed off to some delicious yin yoga to finish off the weekend with those chill and zen vibes. To be completely honest I was having a bit of a shit weekend – I’m not sure what it was but it was one of the weekends where nothing was flowing, nothing was going smoothly, negative nancy was hanging around like a stage 5 clinger and no matter how hard I tired couldn’t shake her – I’d actually nearly killed us (slight exaggeration, only slight though) on the motorway earlier that day – oh Auckland traffic, I’m not sure if you and I will ever be friends. We had gotten home and I’d had the front door open while putting some rubbish out the in the wheelie bin. And that was all it bloody took (Lesson #1 always shut the front door). Soph came to me and asked if Luna was with me? At first I was sure she would be out the back chewing a bone, digging a hole, or inside sleeping on one of the beds, I didn’t believe she would have left the building, especially in that short amount of time. Once we had checked the backyard, under the bush, one of her favourites places to sleep, in all the rooms inside and we couldn’t find her, I instantly wanted to be sick. I had to try my hardest not to burst into tears right there – worst case scenario instantly came to mind, as it usually does – OMG she’s been hit by a car and she’s dead. I’ve killed Emma’s dog. But in that moment I quickly had to suck that up, I wasn’t going to find the beautiful girl by crying about it.

 

Soph and I headed off straight to the beach – as you’ll all know, one of Luna’s favourite places. We had been going everyday and thought she might have been trying to make her way down there. Nope. We drove back to the house. Soph jumped out and started a walking searching party over at the school across the road while I went inside and called Erin, Em’s friend, Luna’s Aunty, who walks Luna everyday – no answer, ahhh. I called the council who directed me to fill out the missing dog form on the website. Erin joined in on the search party and I jumped back in the car to driving around calling her name, asking everyone that was out walking or running if they had seen her, for about 3 hours.

 

At about 7.30pm we decided to call it a night. We all agreed that someone had to have picked her up, she had to be with someone because a) she loves people and other dogs, she isn’t much of a solo adventurer and b) we had driven the neighbourhood for 3 hours straight, calling her name, and asking everyone if they’d seen her.

 

Not long after we had decided to call it a night we had a breakthrough – the neighbour had seen a Facebook post of Luna, a lady had her at her home. Luna had been hit by a car and this lady that had her had seen it all unfold and had taken Luna home. She had been ringing Em’s number of the back of Luna’s tag – but Em was in America, asleep. The power of social media. Erin and I went and picked her up, turns out she was only 800m down the road, and when the lady found her she was literally right outside our house trying to cross the road to head over to the school. Thankfully the universe had my back, and Luna was fine. The lady had seen her be clipped by a car but Luna had no obvious physical injuries, marks or pain. I took her to the vet the next day for an overall check up and thankfully didn’t have a scratch, bruise or mark on her.

 

So apart from learning to always keep the front door shut, what else did I learn from losing Luna?

 

LIFE LESSON #1 YOUR THOUGHTS, WORDS AND ENERGY CREATE YOUR REALITY
I can 100% confirm that I manifested that situation. It was almost as if I had said, universe what else can go wrong this weekend? And old mate happily provided because he’s good like that. He’ll always give you what you want when you’re clear about what it is plus add a bit of emotion to it to really fuel the fire.

The lesson here is to keep you thoughts, words and energy in alignment with what you want. You create your reality. The power of your thoughts, words and energy are indescribably powerful. Gratitude journaling, vision board, visualisations, meditation and dance parties are … for a reason. Check in with what you’re putting out to the universe regularly – are you putting out what you want? Are you seeking abundance, or are you thoughts and words driven by lack, scarcity and fear?

Journaling in the morning is a very powerful ritual that can set the intention and tone for the day. I’ve been doing it every morning for five months now and it’s changed my life. And surprise surprise, guess what was missing from my morning routine the weekend Luna went missing. You totally set yourself up Bids. LESSON LEARNT UNI!

 

LIFE LESSON #2 WHEN YOU WANT SOMETHING BAD ENOUGH, YOU WILL DO ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
Holy shit. There was no limit to what I would have done to get Luna back on that Sunday night. This included running the length of Takapuna beach four times, driving around at about 10km/h shouting out ‘Luna’ every 20 metres, slyly driving up to anyone walking down the street and asking them if they had seen a white german shepherd. Visualising Luna being home with us. Calling anyone that could help. Driving, driving, driving with a whole bucket load of determination, not willing to give up. I was about to take it to social media before she found us first.

When you want something bad enough – you’ll do everything in your power to make it happen. I’m talking all goals. Relationship goals. Holistic health goals. Morning routine goals. Personal development goals. Business goals. Financial goals. #cantstopwontstop

Say you want to save $3000 for a holiday. Tell me, how bad do you want it? How invested are you in that target? What would it mean for you to go on that holiday? How would you feel when you’ve achieved that goal and you’re on your way to Tahiti? Convince yourself just how badly you want it, tell the universe and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to bring it to fruition. Look at your expenses, what is one spending habit you can give up for the time of saving (or for good? See you later takeaway coffee + takeaway coffee cup, save for a holiday and the save the planet!) What do you have around the house that you could sell? Even if it’s only an extra $50 or $200, it’s all going to add up! Is there an untapped source of income that you could bring to life for the next couple of months to help boost your savings? The potential is limitless.

Mate, if there’s a will there’s a way – an old chestnut, but a bloody brilliant one.

 

LIFE LESSON #3 SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO RELY ON YOURSELF FOR A PEP TALK 
At one point on that Sunday night, I broke down hysterically crying. Yep, red face, tears streaming down my face, snotty sniffles, the whole shabang. I was beside myself. I just needed someone to tell me that of course we were going to find Luna, dogs go for a walk around the neighbourhood all the time and come home safe and sound. I called Will, I knew he would calm me down and make me feel better, but there was no answer. I then called my friend Fi, who lives in Auckland. Fi is the epitome of the three c’s, very cool, calm and collected but again no answer. (I later found out that she was drinking celebratory champagne on her balcony haha probably for the best that she didn’t answer the phone to a blubbering mess.)

Anyway, in that moment all I had, was me. Bids. So I had to step up and calm my own farm. I had to give myself my own fucking pep talk. I was also aware that I needed to be putting out positive vibes, at that point I’d already started reflecting on how I’d conjured up this palava so I knew I needed to sort my thoughts, words and feelings out! STAT!

The pep talk went something like this, feel free to borrow it…
Bridget Natalie Paddon, right now you are learning what you need to know, you are exactly where you are meant to be. This moment is imperfectly perfect. Take a deep breath. The universe has your back girlfriend! So start believing it. Repeat after me, I am calm. I am supported. Everything that I desire is coming to me now. Luna is coming home safe and sound. Bids, dogs run away all the time, this is not the first time a dog has gone missing, you know the most likely situation is that someone is looking after that beautiful girl. No matter what the outcome, I promise, everything will be okay – because it always is.

No matter what you’re going through, there is always always something to learn. You get to choose whether you grow and learn from it, or you can choose to resist the lesson which will ultimately cause you pain. What are you growing through right now? I would love to know! Comment below!

 

Remember you can create and live a kick ass fulfilling live while you do, see and be everything that you desire! You have a choice!

 

Moon and back love,

xo Bids

PS. Have you seen the exciting GDNZ announcement on social media? The GDNZ team is growing by one!! Go check out Instagram or FB!

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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

x

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..

 

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.

 

February 5, 2017 Bridget No comments exist

I’ve been lying to you! Well I haven’t really. But I’m going to clear the air and let you know what 2017 has in store for me and GDNZ. You may or may not know but up until the end of 2016, Goal Diggers NZ was my side gig. In 2014 I had my last year teaching full time and have been dabbling in teaching relief work for the last two years while building the GDNZ empire. I craved the comfort of having money show up into my bank account on a regular basis (or not so regular at times). I felt pressure from people close to me to be earning money through a conventional and easily recognised profession. I was holding on tight to societal beliefs that I had been immersed in throughout my life. I let fear hold me back and cripple me from doing what I truly wanted to be doing and how I wanted to be living.

Then life shat on me. Or so I thought it did at the time. Little did I know it was redirecting me to get back on the right path just in an extremely ugly and confronting way. I was forced to face my fears and recreate a life that I wanted to be living. Around that time I was reading an amazing book called, You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. She put it simply. You may already be living your worst case scenario. For me, relief teaching was holding me back from doing what I wanted to be doing which was GDNZ full-time. I wanted to have more time for my clients so that I could be the best possible version of myself to coach, support and guide them. I wanted to be able to travel around the country, meet new people and build new relationships. I wanted to be fully immersed in a #GDNZLIFESTYLE that I promote to all of you without feeling like a bit of a fraud. But that fear was keeping me from taking that leap, until I realised, thanks to Jen Sincero, that I was already living the worst case scenario. The worst case scenario in taking that leap of faith is that you end up back where you are right now. I’ve taken the leap and if it doesn’t work out, then I can go back to relief teaching a couple of days a week and try again. It’s as simple as that. Are you already living your worst case scenario? Something to think about.

2017 is the year I have let go of the fear, the pressures and the worries and have started to live and breathe GDNZ twenty four seven. I could not be happier. This year I haven’t been home for longer than 5 consecutive days and I have covered around 1315km of New Zealand, discovering and exploring so many delicious parts of the country, being present while making magical memories with both new and old friends and creating connections with an incredible new group of coaching clients that I just can’t wait to get started with.  I am truly the happiest I have been in years and can’t stop smiling when I think of how I’m living life exactly how I want to be. #goals Now that I’ve taken that leap the universe is already proving to me it has my back as I am continuously given opportunity after opportunity to get Goal Diggers NZ to where I want it to be. It is one incredible feeling and I’m so looking forward to sharing the rest of the journey with you.

 

December 30, 2016 Bridget 3 comments

Twenty Sixteen. The year where life stared me straight in the face and said a big fuck you. Right up until this very second actually. You would not believe it, but I’ve already written this blog post once, attempted five times to read it aloud to a friend that left us both with tears streaming down our cheeks, – then to have my laptop fucking restart and my page of writing to be gone!! FUCK!!! Seriously universe, what the fuck is going on? Is 2016 really the train-wreck we are all defining it as? It’s a yes from me!! Two thousand and sixteen has been one fucking doozie of a year! But amongst all the bullshit there have been moments of magic, infinite opportunities for gratitude and a whole lot of love.

Twenty sixteen was the year that officially broke me. This was the year that I lost friends and best friends. The year that’s coming to a close, leaving me with hundreds of questions and zero answers. The year that I uprooted my life to start a new chapter with someone I had given my world to, to be forced to uproot everything all over again after only seven short weeks. This is the year that my heart broke for my friends who went through fucking trauma after trauma and reminded me again and again that life is just not fair. It was the year that I constantly second guessed myself. This was the year that my heart was broken into a million little pieces by someone I had trusted like never before, causing an encompassing feeling of numbing emptiness and a longing to know if I would ever feel anything ever again. This was the year that I constantly thought about giving up on my dreams and settling for less. The year that I had to try to explain to my two and half year old niece that she wouldn’t be seeing a certain someone for ‘uddles’ anymore, breaking my heart over and over again. This was the year that I learnt that not everyone will do for you what you do for them and that to put it simply some people are just dicks.

But we all know life is a balance of the good and the bad. Without the bad how can we truly appreciate the good? Without the yin, how can we be grateful for the yang?  How can we be overwhelmed with happiness if we have never been suffocated in sorrow?

Twenty sixteen was the year that showed me I am stronger and more resilient than I ever thought possible. The year that I made new friends and best friends. The year that I ticked learning to surf off my bucket list. It was the year I met, coached and supported many gorgeous clients all over New Zealand through starting their own businesses, becoming the best version of themselves and dealing with the struggles of self love. It was the year that my best friends shone so fucking incredibly bright when I needed them the most. It was the year I experienced crystal clear waters, mesmerising marine life and a relaxed way of life in a Fijian paradise. The year that I realised family would be there for me in my times of need, no questions asked. It was the year that my sister gave birth to Maia, niece number four. The year that I was asked to be a bridesmaid not once, but twice. It was the year that I was featured in a national magazine spreading my positive vibes and passion for living a fulfilling life. This was the year that I went on adventure after adventure exploring places in New Zealand that I couldn’t have even imagine existed. This was the year that came to a close giving me the freedom to be who I want to be, do what I want to do and go where I want to go.  Twenty sixteen is the year I learnt that loved ones are the most important part of my world, because what is success and happiness if you have no one to share it with?

Along with so many of you I cannot fucking wait to close the door to 2016 knowing that I will feel a sense of relief like never before when the countdown ends at midnight on the 31st. A new year! A new life! New goals! New dreams!! A new beginning! Let’s leave 2016 by saying a big fuck you right back and welcome 2017 with determination, gratitude, kindness and love.

Keep your eyes peeled in January 2017 for a revamped, fresh, new coaching programme to make the new year the most incredible year you are ever going to experience!! 

 

 

October 26, 2016 Bridget 5 comments

It has officially been one year since I put GDNZ out into the universe, one year since I started to live life my own way and one year that I have owned my very own business! What a rollercoaster ride so far and it definitely won’t be easing up anytime soon. I’ve put together 10 lessons (out of hundreds) that I’ve learnt within the last year that are relatable not just to starting your own business, but to life in general. I’m passing them onto you. Hopefully you can take a gem or two away with you. Dig in.

  1. You have to 100% believe and have confidence in yourself, your business and your message in order for others to believe. If you don’t believe it, why would anyone else?
  2. Listen hard to your gut feeling when it comes to business and life in general. Your intuition is there to guide you! If it doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t!
  3. You can say ‘no” to anything. You do not have to say ‘yes’ to please anyone. Do what you want to do. If you don’t want to do it, then don’t. On the flip side, especially in business, you will hear ‘no’ on the regular. It is only one word made up from two tiny letters. Don’t let it defeat you, suck it up and try again or move on to the next possibility.
  4. There are people in your life who are there for you unconditionally and people in your life who are not. Hold on tight to the unconditional’s and love them unconditionally right back. Weed out the mediocrities. Surround yourself with honest, genuine and supportive people only. You choose who you spend time with, so choose wisely.
  5. In life there will always always always be an easier option. I can count the number of times I’ve thought about going back to teaching full-time, having that comfort of a salary, being told what to do and having guidelines to follow, leaving work behind at 5pm and having work-free weekends. However, the only thing that that would be fulfilling would be my bank balance. Choose the road less travelled, work hard and the pay off will come sooner than you might think.
  6. Have strict boundaries. Don’t let your business, job or career consume you. Have a certain time each day that you switch off from ‘work’. Prioritise time for being present with loved ones. Work can wait, you might think it can’t, but it can, it will still be there tomorrow!
  7. Spend time outdoors. For me, nature and fresh air is as good as a holiday. A weekly adventure instantly recharges me, clears my head and feeds my soul.
  8. Find your purpose in life and commit to it. Find your passions in life and make time for them.
  9. Be extremely mindful of your thoughts, words and actions. Focus on your goals and what you want in each aspect of your life. As soon as you start focusing on the negative, it will multiply. First hand experience over here!
  10. Do something each day to fulfil your mind, body and soul. Look at health holistically, as soon as you neglect one aspect of health, the rest comes tumbling down so make sure you’re looking after your physical, mental and spiritual health.

I’d love for you to share a lesson or lessons you’ve learnt in 2016 in the comments below or on the Facebook post.

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