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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

 

 

 

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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October 4, 2015 Bridget 2 comments

Here it is! Goal Diggers NZ first See More Vlog! A tiny taste of Niue….. Enjoy! Whales, dolphins, exploring, sea snakes and headstand fails!

See More | Niue from Bridget Natalie on Vimeo.

 

TOP SPOTS TO EXPLORE ON THE ROCK

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Limu Pools

This is one of the first places we explored! A popular snorkelling spot for beginners. The alluring cool blue waters are the main attraction, perfect for a quick swim to cool off! When we went, the marine life was slim picking, only a few fish gliding around the surface of the pools.

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Talava Arches

I enjoyed the walking track through the bush to get to the Talava Arches. A rocky path littered with the most intriguing black metallic lizards that would shoot across the path in front of you. The arches were stunning. We sat for awhile here and took it all in – the waves lapping across the reef and the colourful fish swimming in the shallow pool down in front of us.

 

Matapa Chasm

My favourite spot – we went back a number of times. A deep sheltered chasm. The perfect spot for snorkelling with your fins without jumping off the side of the reef. The marine life here was on point!

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Togo Chasm

This one took the most effort to get down too and back up! Lots of rocky steep steps and a huge ladder at the end. But breathtaking once your down there – it was like our own piece of private paradise!

Hio Beach

This was the best snorkelling spot we found on the last day! It was like being in a life size aquarium – coral the colours of the rainbow, fish galore! I wanted to stay there forever! I will be heading back there next time around for sure.1

Kai Ika

Who would of thought that I would have had one of my best Japanese cuisine experiences in Niue! Kai Ika is AMAZING! One of Tokyo’s top chefs is the head of the kitchen which speaks for itself. All the seafood is fresh out of the ocean that day. We ate there a couple of times and each time I couldn’t get over what was happening to my taste buds! They had this tempura sushi, sushi coated in tempura OMG it was insane!

 

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Do More | Reading

Started and finished, Tully by Paullina Simons. Could not put it down! If you haven’t read it, go pick it up now! Go, go! It’s on the Whitcoulls Top 100 list for good reason.

Do More | Yoga – Nail the headstand

I still can’t believe I actually got this headstand on the second attempt. NAILED IT. As you can see in the video the first attempt didn’t go quite as smoothly! Practice makes perfect. Even if it is only 5 minutes a day, you will see a huge difference in your inversions.

Be More | Active

I loved how active we stayed while exploring Niue! We walked at least 10000 steps everyday (courtesy of the Fitbit) and were in the water most days too! If you’re wanting a balance of relaxing and getting a sweat up, Niue is the place!

Passion & Positivity

Bridget

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September 24, 2015 Bridget 2 comments

Within 24 hours I had already decided Niue was something special. I had done a lot of research leading up to our holiday so I knew what to expect and what not to expect. No sandy beaches. No wifi. No shopping. Instead, unique sea tracks going down to the reef, intriguing marine life, aqua blue pools and chasms to explore and the much talked about friendly locals.

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Niue is one big coral atoll – known as The Rock of The Pacific. Therefore it is a unique pacific island with no idyllic vast white beaches that stretch around the island. Nope. None. Of. That. Instead, it is a true adventure to get down to the ocean by the way of bush tracks and a few rocky steps (or A LOT, 155 steps down to Anapala Chasm). Each sea track is completely different which makes exploring the island exceptionally fulfilling. We kept very active while we were over there and climbing up and down the stairs made us value the view at the end of the track much more than we would have if we had just parked the car and BOOM there’s the view. As you step down the last step your feet meet the reef and your eyes are set on the clearest water you will ever see. With very little sand around the island, the visibility in the water is 100! MERMAID MATERIAL.

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We spent the majority of our time adventuring to new spots to explore and snorkel. We lived in the water. If we weren’t out and about we were relaxing at the resort, taking in the sounds of the crashing waves on the reef, trying not to get burnt and catching up on reading some bloody good books. We had an action packed afternoon a couple of days before we left when one of the dive boats capsized on the reef. It wasn’t good but made for an eventful afternoon. Nobody was injured. Just the boat, which sucked as we had booked in to go on a 2nd whale trip that was then cancelled. Lucky for us we had an indescribable experience the first time we went out.

whales1The highlight of the holiday and absolutely a life highlight was swimming with the humpback whales. HOLY BALLS! The whole experience is hard to describe. When we were in the water with them I was completely relaxed and entranced by their size, beauty and the deep (never-ending, what is even down there?) azure blue water. We floated on the top of the water just above the majestic mammals for about 3 or 4 minutes, which felt like SO much longer – we started to head back to the boat when the calf went in for a feed and as we began kicking our fins, two other whales not far from us breached at the same time! Totally topped off the whole experience – although the heart rate tripled knowing very well what would happen if they were to do that any closer! We got back onto the boat with the cheesiest grins and it took a while to register that that had actually just happened. The spinner dolphins that live around the island also gave us an impressive show while we were out on the water, chasing the boat, jumping through waves and doing all that they could to impress us!! An experience I won’t be forgetting anytime soon!

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Once back on dry land we would head to the next spot to explore! Now, if you’ve used my friend Google to find out about Niue, you have probably read about the people of Niue being super friendly and that everybody waves to everybody. Well. That is NOT an exaggeration. While driving, not only do you need to concentrate on avoiding the potholes, swerving the chickens crossing the road (some followed by their uniform line of 8 chicks) but be ready to wave to each and every vehicle that passes you . It’s pretty sweet, especially if you’re good at multi-tasking. But seriously it was pretty special how everyone is welcomed and treated as a part of the community whether you’re there for seven days or seven years. Every ‘thank you’ is followed with a ‘you’re welcome’. And every smile is returned with an even bigger toothy grin!

Niue is truly something special. A unique, untouched, unbelievable island that is waiting to be explored!

See More | Niue: The Coconut PART 2  COMING SOON!

Featuring: Video footage, list of top places to go exploring and HEAPS more!

Passion & Positivity

Bridget

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