How To Manage Your Time

Time management is such an important skill to have. Being able to effectively manage your time has the ability to affect your life in many positive ways, regardless of whether you are working, studying, etc.

I found that I was good at managing my time in high school when other students had to stay up late to finish their homework, but I was done before dinner and maintained good grades. Honestly, I just wanted to be able to relax for the rest of the night. Then I started working online and had to take my time management skills even further since the only thing that mattered was my productivity.

Now that you have some back-story, let’s get into it. I hope that the following tips will help you manage your time more effectively.  Continue reading

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5 Ways To Use Your Smartphone To Stay Motivated

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Many of us don’t go far without taking our smartphones with us. Instead of complaining about the way things have developed, let’s find a way to use our smartphones as a tool to enhance our efforts and increase motivation. Since you don’t leave home without it, learn to use to stay healthy and on track.

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Promise Yourself – Christian D. Larson

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”

Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them

TEDxChiangMai 2014

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I was lucky enough to be invited to attend TEDxChiangMai on September 27th 2014. I have always been a fan of TED talks and was excited to be able to be part of the experience in my city. When people asked me why I wanted to go, I replied, “well, why not?” TED is all about “ideas worth spreading” and I want to know what those ideas are, especially in regards to my local community. Continue reading

Recipe: Japanese Wakame Salad (Miso Dressing)

Japanese wakame salad is the perfect summer salad in my opinion. It’s actually great any time of the year, but its flavour is even better when it has been cooled for a while. Wakame, or brown seaweed, is highly nutritious and low in calories and fat. It promotes a healthy immune system, whilst preventing various diseases and illnesses (such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, blood clots and cancer). Wakame is a great source of:

  • Vitamins (A, B2, C, D, E and K)
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Iodine
  • Iron
  • Lignans 
  • Folate

When you make a wakame salad at home, you will notice that the colour of the seaweed is much more brown or dark green than the fluorescent packaged varieties, due to the lack of added dye. Making this salad at home is an easy and delicious way to incorporate wakame into your diet.

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Fitness Motivation. Watch Out Where You Get It From!

Work out motivation meme’s, images, etc…they are everywhere nowadays. I enjoy seeing them and find a fair few of them to be motivating. However, people often believe that these images aren’t photoshopped, enhanced or altered – and this isn’t the case for SO many of them! I believe that people should find motivation in ways that work for them; whether it’s quotes or posters, but it is so important to be aware that everyone has different results and no one will look the same..especially if looking the same means looking digitally enhanced!

Let’s take Victoria’s Secret models, for example. I have respect for these girls. They train like athletes (especially before hitting the runway!) and they work HARD for their bodies. But, they are still not “good enough” for print. Their bodies are still altered with photoshop/lighting/makeup. Even Rosie Huntington-Whiteley admits that they use gel padding “I do believe in chicken fillets. I’m not saying you have to use them, but if anyone knows me and sees me in a photoshoot, well, there are friends in there.” and Miranda Kerr admits to even more (in the image at the end of this post). 

Here are some examples of what we are supposed to think they look like/what women look like (Before & After): 

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I think the following pictures are much more inspiring than the photoshopped edition. Women who are taking charge of their health and bodies:

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Let whatever you want inspire you, but don’t think that you have to reach a specific result. The best you can do for you is simply that, the best. 

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Recipe: Skinny Banana + Egg Pancake

Talk about a fuss-free breakfast! This two ingredient pancake is a healthy and delicious alternative to regular pancakes. It is packed with protein and is gluten and flour free. Mmm! 

Ingredients:

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2 eggs 

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2 bananas

I use 2 eggs + 2 bananas to get the consistency that I like but play around and see what texture you enjoy 🙂 I also use coconut oil to heat the pan for added health benefits. 

Directions:

  • whisk the eggs in a bowl
  • In a separate bowl, mash the bananas using a fork

(Or cut up the banana and drop it in a blender along with the eggs. Quickly blend it and voila!)

  • Turn the heat on low-medium and pour some coconut oil in the pan. The size of the pancake depends on you but I prefer to make a decent sized one (since I’m way too hungry in the morning to wait to make lots of little ones). Watch the cake start to dry around the edges and signs of bubbling in the centre. Then you are ready to flip it. 
  • Enjoy the pancakes as they are or add cinnamon, flaxseeds, berries, etc… 

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Have a beautiful day!

Lots of love xx

 

How To: Make Your Own Makeup Brush Holder

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I’ve always wanted a nice way to display my make up brushes that is accessible and cute. I noticed a brass silver coated cup from a vintage store and was instantly inspired to use it a brush holder! The following is just a quick explanation for how you can create your own makeup brush holder 🙂 

Find A Container

It can be whatever you like, but the base should have enough diameter in order to fit all your brushes! You can use anything: an old candle holder, drinking glass, etc..the list is endless..

Find A Filler

Craft stores have vase fillers, but I don’t know where one is in my area so I used beads used for fish tanks as you can see in the image below. 

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Fill It Up! 

Pour the beads, fillers, etc into the container so it is a comfortable level for you to access the brushes easily (this will vary depending on the container and the look you are going for). I filled mine up just over half way. 

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Voila! There you have it 🙂 A customised, simple yet gorgeous makeup brush holder! Wee 🙂 Xx