Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Announcement: Life Update, New Job & Early Move In

I apologise about the lack of posts and engagement in the last few months, things have been *crazy* to say the least. Most of you will know by now that I got a new job down in Swansea at the end of July, I had to move into the flat in the space of a day and adjusting to living alone has been a difficult challenge, even being the strong independent goddess I am it has been a surprisingly difficult couple of months. So here's the dreaded *LIFE UPDATE* no one really reads, but I hope you will....

Friends & Family.
At the end of July my younger sister began loosing her hair rapidly, after a trip to the doctors she was diagnosed with prestigious anemia, depression and severe anxiety. In the space of a month she lost all her hair, her eyebrows and eyelashes. For a young girl this can be detrimental to their confidence but I am proud to announce she's been a complete champ about it, a few weeks ago she got two wigs and got help from the most amazing charity to make it possible to have them. I'm extremely proud to say she's handled it so well and has not let it affect her life.

I left the comfort of my position of Junior Assistant Manager at the Nant Ddu Lodge Hotel, Spa & Bistro in late July for a post at the Grape & Olive Swansea as a Functions Manager. I've been in post just over a month now and I already feel like I've learnt a lot, I'm really interested in the hospitality industry and as my course has a placement at the Marriott hotel I'm getting a shed load of experience.

On the 12th of September I begin my induction week and on the 19th I begin my course, I've been anticipating this since March and I cannot wait to get stuck in, I finally know what I want to do, I'm getting the experience and now I am also getting the experience to back it up. I'm so happy and so proud to finally have a path that I am happy and confident with.

I've moved in on my own and it's taken awhile to get used to it, I managed to drop my phone down the toilet and had to survive with no internet and no phone for almost a week which was surprisingly difficult. Settling into my new job was a little challenging but I'm excited for what the next six months hold for me. I've cut out meat, I've realised I don't really like it that much so I'm testing a more veggie diet.

Health & Fitness.
Food loving Ffion has splashed out on a PT to get her into shape, I have a workout plan focusing on weight loss and toning as well as a *veggie* nutrition plan to help me eat a healthy balanced diet. I have three PT sessions a week and add in my own solo sessions or partner sessions with Ads when I can.

I wrote this in a Starbucks and felt very pro/posh blogger indeed, I would not recommend the Chocolate Cheesecake Muffin. 

What exciting things have been going on in your life in the last couple of months?

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Monday, 18 July 2016

#OOTD Midi Striped Skirt + Black Vest

Last month we were invited to Bluestone to review a 5 day stay and whilst we were there we did a lot of blogging and a lot of photography. Here's an outfit that I wore out on our last night, you can check out my other Bluestone blog posts here.


Sunday, 17 July 2016

5 Steps To Breaking Bad Habits

We've all got bad habits, I for one have many; being negative, over eating, sitting in front of Netflix for 23465468 hours at a time and the reason that these things are bad habits is because they all have a detrimental effect on my mental and physical well being. I'm working on a lot of my bad habits and over the month or two I've made quite a lot of progress and now I'm ready to share with you how to kick that bad habit.

Bad habits form because of repetition or through positive reinforcement.

1. Write down the bad habit you are trying to break.
Put that bad habit on paper with a pen, underline it, write it in bold or whatever. That is the habit that you ARE going to break. Then say it out loud 'I will ....'

Example: I will not comfort eat crap.

2. Recognise your triggers.
Keep a notebook handy with you during the day and see what triggers your bad habit. Write down every trigger you come across.

Example: Stress, lack of access to healthier alternatives.

3. Avoid your triggers
Write down every single one of your triggers on your notebook and then by the side of that an idea on how to avoid them.

Example: Manage my stress through stress management and buy healthy snacks.

4. Substitute your bad habits for good habits
Now in order to finalise breaking your habit create a new good habit, something that will benefit you.

Example: I will meditate every day and eat celery instead of junk food as a snack.

5. Enlist help
And if you're still struggling then enlist the help of your friends and family. Let them know you're trying to break a habit, what the habit is and what you're trying to do to break it and how they can help.

Example: I could ask a friend to join me for yoga and ask mum to hide the junk food or stop buying it.

What bad habits do you need to break?

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Urbanista San Fransisco Mosiac Earphones* & My Top 10 Summer Tunes

Check out these super funky earphones from Urbanista, this is just one of thirteen different colours from the San Fransisco collection. Unique, these headphones hold a beautiful print on pastel colours making them a great fashion accessory. My beautiful earphones are in Pink Paradise but you can also get them in Ocean drive.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Learn To Be A Better Leader With The Value In You Cards*

Hello aspiring career girls, have I got something different for you today! May I introduce to you 'The Value In You' inspirational leadership cards created by Roxanne M St Clair. Roxanne is an inspirational speaker, passionate educator, effective coach and author. You can find out more about her on the website here where you can also purchase these cards.
These 52 cards hold inspirational and motivational information, some of that we already know and tend to forget and others that we may not have uncovered yet. The aim of these cards is the help you make the right choices to fulfil your ambitions for a balanced lifestyle.

How these cards work? Everyday you pick a card which has a paragraph of wisdom which is sometimes lead with an example or a suggestion. You then need to read it and take a few minutes to try and apply it to your own life and then it's your opportunity to make a related action which will help you achieve for that day. These may also work well in groups where everyone can choose a card and use it as a talking point whilst applying it to their own situation.

Example of how to use these cards:

The Card: Dream

Your dreams are more than just a fantasy that you take out every now and then, they can become your reality.

Allow yourself to dream vivid dreams to create a life that you would really like to lead.

My process:

When we get to a certain age we're forced to quit creativity, stop dreaming and grow up into reality, however dreams can be very good for us to visualise where we would like to be. My father recently explained something to me which really sunk in which was 'If you aim to run 8 miles then you might run 4 but if you aim to run 2 miles you might only run 2' I don't know if this makes sense to you but what it means is, if you're going to dream then dream big, you might not reach that dream in the end but you'll get further than if you hadn't dreamed it at all. I really feel like I need to follow my dreams more and stop doubting myself otherwise I'm never going to get where I want to be. 

To me, the above process has given me instant insight and motivation to have a really productive period, working towards my dreams.

What do you use to consistently improve your leadership?

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