Motivational Monday - If the plan doesn't work change the plan!

Monday, 29 February 2016

Things have gone a little off course from the start of the year!

I let my new job overwhelm me (it's going great but I let it stress me out and I know I shouldn't!) and when my project was over my body let its defenses down and a horrendous cold in.
This threw me for a few weeks as it derailed my healthy eating and exercise as well as the work I needed to do after the project!

I could barely breathe and I went through a fair few boxes of tissues and drank so much hot juice to ease what felt like razor blades in my throat.

I am my own worst enemy and instead of allowing myself time to recuperate and recharge I plodded on with day to day life, even attempting the gym when I could hardly breathe, and this slowed down my recovery.
I worried about everything that needed completing after the project and went into work the Monday to complete it all but it took me longer than I would have liked as I struggled to concentrate through the cold.
I also scheduled a lot of meetings and events for the week after the project which in hindsight was not the best idea and something I will try and avoid next time.  Everyone else who ran projects that week had the first few days of the following week off and I wish I had too!

So for the next project, which isn't too far away, I need to reassess what I do to make sure I look after myself as well as kick ass at my job!
Preparation is key and I was prepared for this project but let things that were out of my control stress me out.
I also need to make sure I am prepared for how I am going to take care of myself during the next project, which I neglected to do this time, so I don't end up feeling terrible for weeks after when my body gives up on me!

So the quote I have chosen this week is really poignant.
The project at work went really well.  I achieved my goals and created a successful project that was enjoyed by all involved with no major issues arising apart from me stressing out for no reason.
However, self-care took a back seat so I need to reassess my plans for the next project to make sure I take care of myself throughout and try to not get stressed!
My ultimate goal is to create a kick-ass project and to not get ill at the end of it!
I think I'll start planning it now so I can realise this goal!

Have you any tips?
Any words of wisdom to help me in my preparations?

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Motivational Monday - I Can and I Will!

Monday, 15 February 2016

I, Can, And, I, Will

This week is the first time I am taking the lead role in my new job and I'm scared and excited for the challenge.
It's been a challenging few weeks running up to it and I've had a few nights where I've woke up in a cold sweat thinking about what I need to do to make the project the best it can be.
There have been a few bumps in the road and I've had to overcome a few hurdles but I feel I have done enough to make the project a success!
I just need to remind myself of that and that whatever happens now it is not because I am not prepared (hopefully everything will run smoothly!) and I will be able to deal with anything that comes my way!

Today's quote is going to be my mantra for the week!
It's a positive affirmation so I can remind myself that I have the skills to make the project a success.
I'm going to say it to myself every morning to remind me that I can do whatever I set my mind to!

Wish me luck for this week!
What are you working towards this week?

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Valentines Gift Guide 2016

Friday, 12 February 2016

Well its nearly that time of year again where we express our love to that special person in our lives or pluck up the courage to tell that person you've liked for some time that you have feelings for them!

The BF and I have been together for quite a while now and we don't really bother with Valentines.  But I've found a cute DIY card that I think suits him to the ground so I might give that a go and buy him some of his favourite sweets!  A small gesture but I know he'll appreciate them!

Anyway, with Valentines only a few days away, I thought I would have a look around the internet to see what's out there to give you all some inspiration!
Valentines Gift Guide

Personalised Infinity Chain Bracelet by Merci Maman £59

Thomas Sabo Love Bridge Bracelet 'Heart' Engravable £159 Thomas Sabo Love Bridge Bracelet 'Heart' £70
Thomas Sabo Charm Ring/Heart £45Thomas Sabo Charm Pendant 'Hearts' £60Thomas Sabo Charm Pendant 'Hearts' £60Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette £39Happy Jackson Queen of Awesome Mug £10Diptyque Rosaviola Candle £28Eggspress Heart Shaped Egg Mould £10Thomas Sabo Charm Club Charm Hearts £ 50

The infinity bracelets are so cute and a really good way to show your commitment to your loved one.  And at only £59 I think that's a great price for a beautiful piece of jewelry.

As you can probably tell I am a huge Thomas Sabo fan.  I have one of their charm bracelets and love the vast range of charms they have on offer and the quality of their items is amazing.  

I love both the bracelets as they are engravable so you can make your gift unique and I love that they have items of varying price to suit all budgets. 

There were so many charms to choose from I struggles to narrow it down!
Again there is a charm to suit all budgets and it could become a tradition to buy one each year to show your love!

I had to share the Too Faced palette as it is perfect for Valentines with its cute hearts! It also has a good range of shades which could be used to make multiple looks.

I've had a few pieces from the Happy Jackson range and I love the quality and quirkiness of the items. I love this mug and I'm going to drop hints to the BF about getting it for me! We're all awesome so why not have the mug to prove it!

Diptyque create great candles and they have released this pink version of Rosaviola for valentines! It wold be a great present for the candle lovers!

On valentine,s it's nice to create a romantic breakfast and the eggpress heart shaped mould is great for creating that extra special touch on breakfast.

Well there's a few ideas for you all!
I want to go buy them all for myself now!
I think I'll send this link to the BF to drop hints!
Although I'm pretty sure he'll take no notice!

What are you guys doing for valentines?
Are there any other items you would like to receive?
Let me know below!
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