January052018

5 Things to Stop Doing in 2018

It’s 2018 already! While this is the time to ring in the New Year with celebration, there is also no better time to commit to ending those bad habits! It can be daunting thinking about all the things you want to improve or change in your life for 2018, but these 5 habits I’ve laid out below can be a good starting point for you. Whether you have made your own personal New Year resolutions or not, these points will be great to practice in 2018.

1. Spending too much time on social media

One minute you’re telling yourself that you’ll just read a few more Facebook posts before bed, and the next you realised you’ve been mindlessly scrolling for the last hour. It’s almost impossible to avoid social media at all costs these days – so try setting some limits to restrain yourself. Putting your laptop and phone into another room when you get home can be helpful in achieving this goal, and try to find another hobby you enjoy (like reading or art) that doesn’t involve a screen!

2. Not drinking enough water

Face it; you need to drink more water. Experts say that at a minimum you need to be consuming 8 glasses of water a day. Drinking enough water is one of the best ways to increase energy supply, help the body metabolize fat and, of course, avoid dehydration. Try finding a nice water bottle to carry around with you, or make a habit of having a few glasses with each meal. Your skin, brain and muscles will thank you for it.

3. Being “too busy” to exercise.

So you don’t have time to go to the gym, and it’s too cold to run outside. Plus you are so hungry after work that you don’t have the energy to work out! Right? Wrong. In reality, I guarantee that if you have time to watch a few episodes of TV in the evening, you have time for a workout. Instead of waiting for dinner, have a healthy afternoon snack at work so you will be ready for an evening gym session. And remember anything is better than nothing, so go for a brisk walk or turn on a yoga video at home, your 2018-self will thank you for it.

4.Ignoring your personal obligations

Just like you have a schedule at work, make sure you incorporate your New Year goals and resolutions into a personal routine. If your resolution is to call your sister more often, then pencil in a set time block each week that works for you and make the call. It’s important to remember personal obligations and things you want to achieve, and make time to balance it in with your work life. If you don’t schedule these things in, it makes it harder to reason with yourself to make time and fulfil your goals.

5. Embracing the chaos

Use 2018 as your year to sort through the clutter. Find a new filing system or orgnisational tool that works for you, and soon you’ll wonder how you went so long without it. If you want to stop spending entire Sunday’s running errands and cleaning around the house, try doing odds and ends gradually throughout the week, so you can sleep in on the weekend without feeling guilty about your to-do list.

 

I hope this list gave you some inspiration about your 2018 resolutions and goals! Remember not to be too hard on yourself if you slip up, what’s important is that you make proactive steps to keep working towards your goals throughout the year.

 

XOXO Ange

 

 

 

 

 

 

August252017

Starting your morning the right way

Do you sometimes feel sluggish or inefficient in the mornings? Does getting into the swing of things take more time than it should? Let’s re-evaluate how you’re doing things! Learn how to maximise your time and begin the day with a bang by reading my tips for starting your morning the right way.

 

Work your mind and/or body

Starting the morning with some form of exercise or meditation is the best way to energise your body and activate your mind. Wake yourself up with an early morning run, walk or yoga session, or hit the gym if that’s your preferred form of exercise. Once you get the heart pumping or the mind relaxing, you’ll be in the right frame to start your day effectively.

 

Refresh

Drink lots of liquid in the morning to hydrate your body. I like a glass of warm water with lemon juice, but have a green tea if you aren’t a citrus fan. This will also help flush out any nasty toxins and keep your skin from drying out. Try to drink 2-3 glasses before you even get to work.

 

Dress smartly

Dress like you mean it and you’re going to feel great. Get your outfit ready the night before so you don’t waste time deciding what to wear. Don’t rush your makeup and hair – you want to walk out the door feeling confident and prepared. It’s all about dressing like the winner you know you are.

 

Brainfood

This one is so important! Make sure you eat a good breakfast before you start work. A bowl of porridge with coconut sugar, muesli with low fat yogurt and fresh fruit or poached eggs on toast are fabulous healthy options – and quick to make, too. Fuel your body and brain by giving them energy, allowing them to work to their full potential.

 

Multitask

When you can do two things at once without adding extra stress to your life, give it a go. I like to check my emails over breakfast, which means I don’t waste more time doing it later on. Have a think about what you could be doing at once and see if you can make it work comfortably.

August172017

Why you’re tired and what to do about it

 

We all go through stages of feeling exhausted at times – life’s busy and it’s easy to put your mental health second when you have a lot going on. If you find yourself constantly feeling tired, however, it’s time to take a look at what you could be doing differently. Here are a few things that may be wearing you out.

 

Iron deficiency

If you don’t have enough iron in your diet, your red blood cells are unable to carry a sufficient amount of oxygen around the body. This leads to tiredness, among other things. Try to absorb as much iron naturally as possible. This is best achieved by incorporating foods into your meals that are rich in iron like spinach, red meat, legumes and nuts. Alternatively, you can supplement your diet with iron tablets.

 

Perfectionism

If you’re a bit of a perfectionist, it’s likely you tend to overwork yourself and subsequently wear yourself out. When you raise the bar just that little bit too high, too often, you constantly push yourself over the edge. While it’s important to do a great job in everything you do, it’s also important to look after yourself and know when to call it a day. Similarly, if you have too much on your plate and feel like you never get any down time, learn to say no. Remember – you’re number one.

 

Dehydration

Probably the biggest factor of tiredness is dehydration. If you aren’t getting enough water, your body suffers – it’s as simple as that. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Popular studies recommend around 8 glasses of water a day, though this varies according to body sizes. Drink enough so that you feel energised and healthy. Your skin will look amazing, too!

 

Bad food habits

Two of the most common and easily fixed causes of over-tiredness are skipping breakfast and eating unhealthy food regularly. If you eat foods that have little nutritional value – or even worse, don’t eat at all – your body becomes sluggish. Our bodies need fuel to allow us to go about our day effectively. Without a healthy diet that includes consistent meals, functioning at our full potential is nearly impossible. Eat three balanced meals a day and enjoy light snacks such as nuts or fruit in between.

 

Using technology before bed

This one’s directly related to sleeping. It has been scientifically proven that looking at screens shortly before you go to bed can cause you to sleep poorly. Not only are the harsh lights of phone and laptop screens bad for your eyes in artificial light, your mind is given no time to switch off and relax before you go to bed. Instead of scrolling through Instagram or checking emails, read a book, listen to soft music or have a short meditation session.

 

April252017

Valuing What You Love: Why You Should Do It

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When it comes to doing what you love, have you ever been struck by the following thoughts?

“My passion can’t support me financially”

“No one will care about what I love doing”

“Achieving my dream career will take years of planning and money, and even then it might not work out”

“Following my passion is too risky”

Self-doubt is destructive and will only have a negative impact on your life and career. In order to succeed, you need to banish negative thoughts and replace them with positivity, drive and vision. Read on for my tips on how to value yourself – and your dreams!

Know Your Worth – and Own It!

Understand the exceptional value that you as a person possess. Forget about how much money you earn, what you look like or what you do for a living. This is about you as a unique individual. A person with a big salary is not necessarily a good person, or a happy person. Think about your positive traits, the good things you’ve done in life and the times when you have made a difference. Think about why you love your passion – what is it that makes you enjoy it? In most cases, our interests and passions enhance our happiness. We’re also usually good at them, and excelling at something is a great way to add focus and positivity to your life.

Think of the Positive Outcomes

How will your passion and dreams positively effect others? Does what you love doing help another person in any way? Avoid thinking literally – yes, doctors physically do help people. But so do musicians, accountants, yoga instructors and authors. Every occupation, every hobby, every interest in the world impacts someone’s life and has the power to create positivity. Maybe you’re really into photography, but think there’s no point doing it for a living because people won’t care. Wrong. Viewing art can really enhance people’s lives. Art collection is a hobby, and just looking at beautiful pictures on Instagram can put you in a good mood. Don’t underestimate the power of your passion.

Think Forward

If in doubt, thinking ahead will really show you why valuing what you love is important. Picture your life in 10 years, then 20. Where do you see yourself? Do you think you will be happy continuing on in the job you currently hold? Do you think your passion will simply die and you’ll no longer wish to pursue it? That’s no way to think of life! When it comes to the crunch, the old saying ‘life is short’ is true. We’re only on this Earth for a short time, so let’s make the most of it. Let’s really enjoy our time here. When you look back at your life, you don’t want to have regrets and wish you’d pursued your passion after all. Value what you love, and  follow that passion.

 

December082016

Beauty from the Inside Out

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Beauty is an inside job. Yes, it’s as simple as that. As I’ve said many times before, when you feel good you look great. Who you are underneath your exterior and the way you feel about yourself are ultimately what is reflected on the outside. If you have a negative perception of yourself, it’s going to show. Enhance your self-respect and self-worth by reading my tips below.

 

Self-talk

The number one way you can improve how you feel about yourself is through positive self-talk. It’s about loving who you are and appreciating yourself. Most women have experienced thoughts of self-loathing at some time in their life. This could be criticising your body, telling yourself you aren’t good enough or questioning how others could ever perceive you in a positive manner. These kinds of thoughts are hurtful and self-destructive. When we think of ourselves poorly, we’re only causing damage. Negative self-talk inevitably results in low self-esteem, poor levels of confidence and unhappiness or dissatisfaction. You should never tell yourself that you are ugly, fat, useless or any other negative word. Similarly, you should never compare yourself to others. Every person we meet is at a different stage in their life to us. They are a different age or body shape; they have different experience and skills. Nobody is perfect, and comparing the things that you dislike about yourself to those that you see on other woman is only going to damage your self-esteem further. Beauty isn’t defined by the way you look next to another woman.

 

A Healthy Life, A Happy Life

When you have a balanced diet and regular exercise regime, you naturally feel healthier and happier. Eat nutritious foods and drinks lots of water to literally keep your insides thriving. Maintain consistent eating patterns and visit a nutritionist if you feel like your current diet isn’t really working for you. Exercise is a fabulous way to boost your self-confidence, so make sure you’re getting out there often and going for a walk, doing some yoga or hitting the gym.

 

Mind’s Eye

Do you feel that you’ve found inner peace? Are you content with your life and where you are going? Make a list of your values and goals and see if you’re actually accomplishing them. If you aren’t working towards them it’s likely you won’t feel completely fulfilled. Are you happy with your career, your friendships and relationships, your hobbies? When we love the life we’re living, we love ourselves. The key thing to remember is that changing your life is up to you – and it isn’t as hard as it might sound. Making the conscious decision to change is the first step. Once you’ve done that, the rest will begin falling into place. Remember also that even if there are things you dislike about your current position, there are good things in your life too. Don’t forget to focus on the good!

 

Confident Style

The way you dress reflects how you feel about yourself and how others perceive you. Probably the best advice out there on this subject is to wear what you feel comfortable and fabulous in. Don’t wear something that makes you feel self-conscious, uncomfortable or unattractive. Dress to highlight your assets and boost your self-esteem. That might mean jeans and a blouse for one person and a fitted dress for another. The key thing to note is that you’re dressing for you, not other people. Wearing all of the latest trends won’t necessarily make you feel good, but wearing the jumpsuit you’ve had forever that enunciates your hourglass figure will. Confidence is sexy, so dressing in the clothes that make you feel the most confident is a winning solution! If you aren’t happy with your look, visiting a stylist is a worthwhile idea. It’s never too late to reinvent your look, and often this is all you need to discover your true style and feel sensational. On top of all this, make sure you show your confidence with a smile – a big, happy smile says a lot about a person.

 

 

 

November292016

Be the Kind of Person You Want to Know

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When you think about yourself and the life you lead, are you happy? Do you view yourself in a positive light? Do you think of yourself as a good person? Are you proud of who you are and the way you treat others? This week, my blog is all about being the type of person you want to know.

 

Be Someone You’d be Proud to Call a Friend 

Try to be the sort of person you would be thrilled to know and call a friend. Look at the special people in your life and consider what you love most about them. Do you also exhibit some of those qualities? Be someone who lifts others up, tackles challenges head-on and lives life with a positive outlook. Remember to practice what you preach. If you value friendliness and patience, enact those values. Live by your beliefs and show commitment to your passions and goals.

 

Be Generous

If we were all generous, the world would be a much better place. Learning to give to others is a positive trait that benefits both you and the receiver. Consume less and give more. Be generous not just in the literal, gift-giving sense, but with your time and your advice. Talk less and listen more to those around you. Show that you care by offering your support and bringing positivity into other’s lives. Generosity is beautiful thing!

 

Be Kind 

Kindness is one of the keys to living a fulfilled life. Not everyone believes in karma, but I truly do. When you do positive things with your life, the universe sends positive things your way. Kindness is infectious and can make someone’s day just that little bit better. Plus, you can’t help but feel good when you do something nice for another person. Be selfless, not selfish. You, the world and those around you will be better for it!

August192016

Making Your Life Your Own

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True happiness and fulfilment comes with self-determination. Are you making all of the decisions in your life, or do you go with the flow and take things as they come? Are you exactly where you want to be right now? Are you really living? Being in control of your own life is extremely important. When you are responsible for your direction, you create self-empowerment and self-belief. You put yourself in a position where you are capable of shaping your life in the direction you want. So – how does one do this?

 

Work, Work, Work

If you are a working woman, you need to be confident enough to negotiate in your career. It doesn’t matter what kind of job you have – being able to assert your needs should be an imperative. Some people put up with poor working conditions, low pay and other issues out of fear that they will lose their job. Whether this is the case or not, if you are unhappy at work, something needs to change. What you need to always remember is that you have value, and if you are working hard, consistently, and not being appreciated then you have the right to do something about it. Our careers are a huge part of our life, so getting to a place where you are comfortable, motivated and content is extremely important.

 

Emotional Determination

Don’t let others control your emotions – they are your emotions and only you have the power to control them. If someone says or does something to upset you, step back and realise that they don’t have that right. You are letting their words or actions upset you. It is a choice. Understand that you are responsible for your outlook on life and for your happiness. Look at who and what is in your life. This also is a choice. If there are people who bring you down, you have the choice to move on from these people. Surround yourself with whatever inspires you and brings you joy.

 

Purpose

Do you have direction in your life? Do you have goals? Are you driven towards achieving something? Do you work hard to meet your aims? Or do you let life carry you on its path? When you get into an everyday routine it can be easy to fall into a pattern where you live week by week. Incidents and experiences happen which you overcome, and the weeks continue to roll on. Sometimes you need to look at things from a bigger perspective. Where are you going? Are you as fulfilled as you could possibly be in this routine? Figure out what it is you want to do, and work towards that. Make things happen for you, don’t let them happen to you. When you begin to do this, you are on the road to self-determination.

August062016

It’s the Little Things

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Sometimes, it’s the little things in life we need to appreciate. Those small, simple things that improve your day or enhance your overall experience in some way. We don’t always notice them, but undoubtedly we feel their impact. Ask yourself – what made you happy this week? Or what added to your happiness? These are the things we should hold onto and treasure, because they positively influence our lives – whether we realise it or not. I thought I would share a few things that brightened my week, so that maybe you can think of those that brighten yours.

 

Fresh Flowers

I love fresh flowers – they instantly boost my mood. I always make sure I have fresh flowers in my office and home. The smell is refreshing and they add a dash of colour to the room. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that flowers are only a gift – get into the habit of buying yourself flowers and you’ll be better for it!

 

Favourite Song

Putting on my favourite song never fails to enhance my happiness. At the moment I can’t stop listening to Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah. It might be a sad sounding tune, but I love the vocals and think it’s an amazing piece of music.

 

Animal Time

A play with my dog Versace Stone always puts me in good spirits. There’s something about animal company which human company can’t provide. Animals seem to understand us and communicate without needing words. I swear they can tell when we’re feeling upset, or stressed. If you have a furry friend at home, why not spend some time with them each day and see how it benefits you?

 

Sneaky Shop

Yes, yes, yes – I do love to shop. A quick visit to my favourite dress store Glamour Boutique in Newmarket is sure to put a smile on my face. Quality, stunning garments combined with friendly, professional staff – what more could you ask for!?

 

Food and Friends

My number one ‘little thing’ – time spent sharing stories with my girls over good food. This week we visited our frequent, The White Rabbit on the Park, and wined and dined in style. Catching up with those you love is never a bad idea, and when you add some fine cuisine in the mix it’s bound to be a winner!

January052016

2017: Your Year

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This year is your year. A New Year is a fresh start, a second chance, an opportunity to do better, be better, and live more fully. Let’s make 2017 your year to find true happiness and success. By kicking off the year with the right attitude and a bit of drive, you’re already on the way to enhancing your life. Take into consideration the points below and you’ll be there before you know it!

 

#goals

It’s pretty common to make goals at the start of a new year, but actually sticking to those goals is a different story. Your goals need to centre around something you really care about. If they’re generic and general, it’s easy to lose interest and motivation.

Revaluate your goals from 2016 and adjust them to suit your current situation, hopes and dreams. Think about your passions, your career direction and your aspirations. Where do you want your life to go? What kind of person do you want to be?

Once you have a few solid goals, add them to a diary or calendar, or create a goal chart so they stay in your mind. Now, make things happen for you! Stay focused, think forward and don’t hold back – keep the momentum until your goals are achieved.

 

 

#mind

The best way to make 2017 your year is to have a positive attitude. Kicking the year off feeling good about your life and about who you are sets the tone for the next 12 months. If you feel empowered, happy and in control then your start to 2017 is guaranteed to be a success.

Is your self-esteem at a healthy level? Do you feel confident in your capabilities? Do you feel in tune with your personal brand? Try to be forward-thinking so that you can fit everything into your schedule and therefore feel fulfilled. Ask yourself what you need to do to accomplish your short-term goals while still having a balanced lifestyle. Plan your time so that your hobbies don’t get forgotten and you’re able to relax. Connect with yourself and calm the soul by practicing mindfulness. Your entire life will feel the benefits.

 

 

#body

Make this the year that you really own your body and love the skin you’re in. Self-confidence and respect for your body are essential to finding real happiness. If you aren’t content with your body, your happiness is impeded. Questioning and criticising the way you look, or comparing yourself to others has a negative impact on your entire outlook. We need to embrace and celebrate our bodies in order to enhance our lives.

While we all tend to splurge a little over summer, try to maintain as balanced a diet as possible. Allow yourself a few more treats than usual, but remember to have three healthy meals a day with nutritious snacks in between. Avoid processed foods and refined sugars and opt for fresh, organic produce. Complement your diet with exercise to ensure your body is getting the proper treatment it deserves. There are lots of ways to exercise that don’t involve going to the gym, so even if you’re on holiday you can still workout.

Another way to boost your self-confidence is finding your own personal style. Knowing how to dress for your body shape, personality and values will enhance your happiness as your clothing becomes an accurate representation of who you are. Define your style, plan your wardrobe, then rock it!

December162015

What a Girl Wants, What a Girl Needs

Tony Robbins ‘Six Human Needs’

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It is unarguable that each and every one of us is different, in our appearances, our beliefs, our interests and our mannerisms. The one thing we all have in common, however, is our status as a human being. When you strip away labels and signifiers, we are all, at our core, human. Stemming from this simple fact, life coach and motivational speaker Tony Robbins has established six basic human needs which affect us all. These six needs are fundamental to our role as human beings, and it is Robbin’s belief that we are all motivated – whether consciously or unconsciously – by our longing to fulfil them. I found these really powerful, because they can be related to all aspects of our lives, from family and work to extracurricular activities and relationships. Realising that these six needs are important to your mental wellbeing and overall happiness is the first step in allowing yourself to live a more satisfactory life. Now you can pinpoint what, if anything, needs working on in your life, and pave the way for a happier, more in-control you. 

1. Certainty

The first need that Robbins describes is certainty. As human beings, we desire an amount of security or safety and tend to dislike uncertainty. We want to know that we can avoid both physical and mental pain, and that we can find happiness. To give you an example, think about when you are in a relationship with someone. During the early days of romantic involvement, we can generally handle uncertainty because we are just getting to know one another. We don’t expect things to last yet, and naturally protect ourselves in case it doesn’t work out. However, as things progress, it becomes normal to crave a level of assurance. We want to know that our relationship has a direction, and that we aren’t investing our time and feelings into someone who will only be in the picture for a brief period. Furthermore, we want to know that our future happiness is not in danger. Do you feel certain in your relationship? Why?

2. Uncertainty

Just as we yearn for certainty, we also desire an amount of uncertainty in our lives. Think about it – if we literally knew everything that was going to happen our lives wouldn’t be very exciting. So while certainty is a valid need, too much will lead to boredom and dissatisfaction. We need to have unexpected or unplanned events and experiences in our lives to stimulate us. Go on a road trip, read a new book, try a new hobby – pushing yourself to do something that you are uncertain about will likely cause excitement and fun. Robbins also describes uncertainty as variety, pointing out that humans need a balance of certainty and uncertainty in their lives to be content. We need enough variety in our lives to keep things interesting. This is why jobs which are very monotonous and unchangeable can be extremely un-motivating and even depressing – we need a bit of diversity to keep us content at work.

3. Significance

For me, this is a big one. Everyone deserves to feel important, special and loved for the unique person that they are. As Robbins asserts, we all want our lives to be meaningful and have purpose in every aspect – we need to know that we matter. There are many ways that we seek to achieve significance on a general level, from creating a distinct appearance to helping others and gaining qualifications. I think needing to feel significant is really important when it comes to relationships, both familial and romantic. If you are a mother, you want to fill that parental role and be acknowledged for it; you want to be known as ‘mum’ for the care you give to your child. When you are dating someone, you want to feel like you are beautiful and special – you want to feel valued by your partner so you know your relationship has a purpose.

4. Connection

Human beings are social creatures, so without companionship we would naturally become lonely and despondent. Robbins describes the importance of connecting with other people, stating that it is necessary in order for us to feel loved, wanted and cared for. We need to form bonds with others to prevent loneliness and allow us to feel significant. This is why friends, family and romantic partners are so important to being happy. Close relationships such as these allow us to feel like we are part of a community which appreciates and understand us.   

5. Growth

It is natural for human beings to want to learn, grow and progress throughout our lives. More than a ‘want’, however, we need to feel this way – it is vital to the way we view ourselves and the level of contentedness we feel with our lives. Imagine how mundane life would be without goals, achievements or the possibility of development. Everyone desires growth at different levels – some people are truly afraid of change, while others are just unmotivated. Yet the desire to advance is significant, no matter how small or big these advancements may be. For some, growth is determined by career progression or study, while for others it could be learning a new skill or hobby. It could even be as simple as learning to cook a new meal. Whatever the method or meaning, growth gives us something to aspire to and believe in, challenging us to seek accomplishment.

6. Contribution

Robbins’ final human need is simple: we want to make a difference and contribute something of value outside of ourselves. The basic need to improve the world in any way possible and give our energy to the greater good is found in everyone. Generally, it combines growth and connection, adding to our feeling of value and increasing ours sense of belonging or identity. Again, this need means different things to different people – for one person, it could mean putting more energy into a friendly or intimate relationship, while for another it could mean volunteering for a charity or donating money to a not-for-profit organisation. If you don’t think you are contributing enough in your life, now is the time to pick an area you think needs work – you will be amazed at how great it makes you feel.

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