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new year new challenges

30 Dec

so it’s almost that time again- time to make a to-do list for the year ahead and give ourselves some goals and objectives for 2015…

mine are always pretty similar and to be honest, on reflection of 2014, some of mine weren’t actually completed…but for good reasons mostly!

2014 meant I STILL haven’t learned to drive, I haven’t finished my masters- well year 1 is done almost- and I didn’t get to travel much really at all!

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so this year here are my little wishes/challenges/to-do’s…

– finish my masters

– qualify as an advanced sports nutritional advisor

– finally- FINALLY- learn to drive

– make gym bunny bigger and better

– release my second e-book

– get better at public speaking

– get comfortable in front of the camera

– travel more- dubrovnik, gothenburg, london, new york and rome would be awesome 🙂

– become more flexible- i’d love to be able to do handstands and fall into a crab position!

– start using my camera again

– give time to learning the guitar

– become a little better at work/life balance

 

anyone else started their list?

🙂

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new year, new new year’s resolutions

30 Dec

so it’s that time of year again peoples…

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putting together a to-do list is one of my all-time favourite things to do- yes, i’m a total and absolute loser but i do love a good list as much as the next OCD female…

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here are a few things i have learned this year, some quite very recently and some things i need to mull over and change or take on for this coming year too!

  • people will talk about you no matter what you do and you can do nothing about it. prove yourself to yourself 🙂
  • nobody is in charge of my happiness except me. not one other person.
  • feeling healthy feels better than anything else in the world. i don’t want this to change.

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  • eat clean, train like an animal and feel 110% on the beach next summer!
  • you can’t change people but you can help them grow, likewise for me 🙂
  • i need to stop over-thinking as a wandering mind is a dangerous mind for little me.
  • i need to save a little more. last year i started off quite good but didn’t end up so good- oopsie!
  • 2014 is the year of the hobbies- getting fitter, healthier, stronger and taking lots of time for me- taking photos, playing (trying to play) my guitar and learning learning learning.
  • hand in my final digital marketing assignment and get stuck into my certificate in nutrition 🙂 wuhu back to school again 🙂
  • get my website up and running and put 500% into it- woooohuuu!
  • start my new job and give it everything 🙂
  • everything doesn’t need to be perfect all the time. this one is rotten.
  • go somewhere totally different- fun, new and beautiful!

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  • push myself- stop the silly procrastination that can happen with our species more often than not. be more decisive.
  • stop being such a scary driver!
  • learn to relax a little more- i’m reaaaaaally bad at doing nothing- it kills me!!!
  • get a bike and hope for a very sunny summer 🙂

 

to be continued…

new year, new to-do list…

5 Jan

so i’m obsessive about to-do lists. anyone who knows me knows that much…

so for 2013 i couldn’t wait to get my hands on a nerdy new moleskine (notes on an iphone simply don’t cut it) and start scribbling for the new year.

here’s what i came up with:

more travelling– already planning a trip to zakynthos with the girls and possibly a trip to new york and miami is on the cards although wouldn’t mind another sunny break after the summer…and dream of new zealand to visit kiri, brian and sophie and australia to visit nicole, maria & steen wuhu! need to start saving asap meh…

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more learning- enrolled myself in a masters in digital marketing starting february 19th so i can be an even nerdier nerd and learn more ‘onliney stuff’ to keep my brain ticking over. next task is new desk but might have to draft some help to put that one together eek!

learn something new- got a guitar for my birthday from my brother and dad so going to get cracking on this pretty soon 🙂

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challenge myself- started bikram yoga this week  at init yoga and it’s awesome! very tough but feel like i have totally pushed myself after each class…i’m still pretty crap so hoping it get’s a little easier…or i get a little better! 🙂

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get moving- need to finish learning to drive, pass my test and get a little crash dummy to drive around…thinking a mini one or mini cooper or maybe a fiat 500? also thinking of getting myself some two wheeled transport…

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more fun weekends- not necessarily boozy weekends but i finally need to address that i didn’t get to see everyone who lives abroad who i love and miss in 2012 😦 so need to get cracking on booking weekends to edinburgh, london, reading, cardiff, krakow and gothenburg for 2013 wuhu!! also with the new-old-wheels i’ll be able to host some little roadtrips. win!

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just try and be a little healthier- eat more foods with no labels, drink more water and less caffeine, cut down on processed foods etc…maybe it’s easy to say but i also need to learn to be a little more proactive with my time as i tend to procrastinate over the teeniest tiniest things so need to get on with the show a little more, maximise my time and get the balance a little better…

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i’m open to suggestions 🙂

Getting the balance right with Diets, Fitness & Health

17 Jan

Reading an article in the Irish Times this morning made me rethink the chats I’ve had with friends and customers over the last few weeks pre and post Christmas about health, fitness and weight loss. Everyone has gone gym-crazy and is back to the grindstone, drinking green tea and not having treats, not drinking for two weeks or three weeks then back on it again in a few days.

Where is the balance though?

I think that when people say they don’t have the time or the energy, it’s all down to lack of motivation, and that lack of motivation isn’t helped by processed foods, which are loaded with salt, sugar and additives and are not exactly mood-boosting. SO in an effort to start on the best foot forward and not detox myself silly, I think I’m going to look at my general health overall and start from there from this year forward.

I did kettlebells and resistance training in Barcelona for a few years and found it great for my overall strength and fitness. It made me not want to eat crap food, sounds like a joke but it’s true, Your body doesn’t want bad food if you treat it properly. Treats yes, but constant sugar and salt fixes just make you look and feel..well…sick. So maybe that’s the trick make yourself feel strong and start there.

I try and do a mix of exercises each morning- setting the clock 30 minutes early- and do a mix of crunches, leg-lifts, gentle arm exercises with dumb bells, lunges, squats with weights and some stretches or basic yoga moves. I didn’t do this last week and can really feel the difference in my motivation levels overall. I find it’s also good to write down what you have done each day or week to see a pattern in mood change and energy levels.

This evening I’ll go for a light run and again once before the weekend, but not for too long and not too high-impact yet. I think if you start too hard, the next step feels like too much of an effort. Build up the resistance slowly and you’ll start to feel like you need to work harder. There’s no point in doing the same class every week if you don’t put yourself into it. You might as well be sitting on the sofa to be honest if you are not pushing yourself a little further each week.

Zumba with my mate Ciara starts next Monday too so I won’t do any morning exercises Monday as I want to save my energy for the class that evening. In the mean time, I’ll try avoid any extra chocolate or sweets or sugar in my food and opt for something with a little more protein and iron and vitamin b which is great for when you need that extra spark. Not going overboard just everything in moderation. Oh and it’s good to grab a buddy when you go exercise as it’s makes it more silly and fun and easier to be motivated.

I’m not saying what I do is right, but it is healthy and I don’t advocate that everyone should look a certain way by any means, but I do know that you can’t cheat your body – it knows you and you know it, and only you really know when you have that ‘I feel great’ feeling in your tummy. To me, that’s healthy.

New Year- New Resolutions

5 Jan

So it’s now the 5th of January, definitely enough time to seriously consider my New Year’s Resolutions, without legging it to the gym and never using my membership after the end of January. Plus I HATE those resolution gym treadmill stealing newbies who arrive all made-up and matching and take over all the machines for a month all full of swagger and pzazz, and then never come back. Ok rant over.

Here is my carefully-put-together-made-with-love list of New Year’s Resolutions: (in no particular order)

  • Get a job that defies awesomeness in Marketing/PR/Social Media/Event Management-preferably a giant mix of all of the above
  • Get my full Driver’s License and actually use it. I will let you all know when I finally take to the roads so you have the option of not, while I find my feet.
  • Take more photos and make the time to do it slowly like when I was in college.
  • Travel more- Already this year I’ve booked Berlin to see Florence in March, Barcelona this weekend, have to book Manchester with the lovely Ciara for our anti-European Cup trip, and somewhere along the lines I want to make it to Edinburgh to see Shell and Paulie, Southampton to meet baby Leila, Cath and Mike, and London to visit Emma, Mags, Emer, Ruth, Jamie, Paul, Kasia, Amy and more… On this hit list, if someone else is paying I’ll add in a few weeks in Thailand,Vietnam and Laos and a shopping trip to New York when my little brother Ali hits the East Coast with his buddies for the summer. Oh and Galway to see Rosalie and James, Rory, Jonny and Ciara and Gary.
  • Hand in my Post-Grad projects. FINALLY. By the end of January. POW.
  • Get back into Zumba classes at the end of January with Ciara.
  • Start to run again twice a week- I know…When it’s a little less gale-forcey.
  • Get back into music- Feel like my iPod list it about 10 years old. Seriously, any suggestions for playlists welcome 🙂 Also going to more gigs would be delightful. small and cosy. Noel Gallagher and Florence are on the list so far.
  • Go somewhere random in Ireland with the girls for a weekend. Something like Delphi or Killarney back in the day. YUUUUUHUUU!
  • Learn some more yummy recipes like these
  • Get a few facials. Want to try this
  • Be more positive and not so cynical in certain situations.
  • Start an intercambio or get back into my Spanish when Ana comes to live in Dublin yay 🙂
  • Embrace the pale.
  • Learn a new skill. Mosaic classes or pottery anyone? I’ll make you an amazing pot for Christmas.
  • Find new places in Dublin to love it all over again. Open to many suggestions on this one.
  • Cut down my wardrobe and fill it with smaller amounts of more useable lovlieness. Bags and shoes are an exemption to this rule.
  • Step back and see the bigger picture. It’s not always black and white. This is a toughie.

This list is ever changing. Let me know if you have any more suggestions.