30 Day Challenges!

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Hi team!

So today I’m talking about 30 day challenges. I seriously lose interest in things quickly, so it actually is a real challenge for me to keep going with it! Last Halloween i set up 31 days of Halloween in an attempt to make sure I kept up with it. Posting pictures related to my second favourite holiday? Didn’t even make it to ten days. This year I’m determined to pick one that corresponds with my love of photography and take photos of the seemingly mundane, such as my bed or my wardrobe, a fence, etc. But this time, I am going to stick to it, and by the time you read this, I should be halfway through.

30 day challenges are a really amazing thing, and there are LOADS, all about fitness, gratitude, etc, etc. You can find one on any subject. On a personal note, it gives me something to look forward to, which is an important step in dealing with anxiety and depression. I love photography and stretching myself to make beautiful pictures.

So look one up, and do one with me. I want to see your results and any suggestions of any you have, let me know! Here is an example of a cool one I found!

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T xx

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Why I blog!

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So I thought I would talk about little bit about why I blog this week.

So I got into blogging as I thought it would be a cool different way to express myself and meet people with similar interests. My blog started off being about Fashion, then moved into Fashion/Lifestyle, and then Fashion/Lifestyle/Mental Health. I have since moved more towards Mental Health/Lifestyle, perhaps with a blog about fashion from time to time when I get a cool outfit.

I love to write about Mental Health because as you guys know it’s been quite a journey with my mental health over the last few years! I started addressing it awhile ago and have made many leaps and bounds, and can say I am in a really great place now, with healthy habits and being able to look after myself. I also have gained a lot of knowledge about mental health and have started sharing it in my blogs, as I feel that a lot of people would like to 1, read it from someone that has had bad mental health, and 2, its talked about in a real way, rather than a dry medical article.

It’s been really rewarding having people talking to me about my blogs, and getting some tips and tricks to manage good mental health. It’s helped me make connections and even friends in the blogging world and thats really cool to me.

I also have enjoyed writing about small businesses who I just love. I have reached out to many small businesses to write about them, simply because I love their product. A lot of them I am now in regular contact with and I love watching their journey and how hard they work to succeed.

Through blogging I also got into event planning, with a couple of great girls, who are bloggers themselves. We put on the first ever blogging conference in Edinburgh which was fantastic, as sometimes it is quite hard to get the blogging community together in Edinburgh, unless we are all at launches and parties. But it was great to see everyone learning, networking, and having fun.

Through this blogging journey I have been privileged to get to know other bloggers and now call a lot friends. It can be a weird life being a blogger, especially as our jobs didn’t exist at the level it is today and it very different to other jobs. Businesses are getting on board with the fact that we can become influencers, as we know our readers and what they like to read, often through trial and error, and we know what they want to see. If we work with the brand, we do pick and choose as we want to stay true to what we want. Hence why I did a blog about a psychic app, as I know that you guys want to read about it!

Blogging has done a lot for me professionally as well, as I was training to do social media as well, trying to leave retail. This gave me something to do social media for, over as many platforms as I wanted to get to know social media platforms from a business level. I also have learnt to write in my own voice, and make it compelling for my readers (hopefully!).

I love blogging and will do it as long as I can (and hopefully grow!).

T xx

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5 Things you probably don’t know about me!

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Hi guys!

So I thought I would do something that challenged myself and also provide entertainment for you guys! I thought I would do a countdown of 5 things I don’t normally tell people!

  1. I have a Playboy Bunny tattoo. Guess where and when – yup thats right, 16 and on my hip. Tooooootal cliche. I actually don’t mind it now, as it makes me laugh, it was actually done really well (have you seen the pictures of bad ones) and it was a stage in my life that I will always remember!
  2. I had loads of piercings and hair colours over the years. Rihanna Red, Blonde, Christina Aguilera (Drrrty era), Pink. Two piercings in my tongue, nose pierced twice, ears, belly button top and bottom. I also have a massive octopus on my right thigh and 4 more tattoos. I like to modify myself and am pretty much always getting something done!
  3. I was a member of Students Against Drunk Driving as the same time as I got into a car crash with a drunk person driving. Not a proud moment, but one that drove home why I was in the group and how to make our driving safer in New Zealand.
  4. I lived in a penthouse when I was jobless/working at Primark. It was a weird juxtaposition, and definitely taught me to hustle. I got a job at Primark after I had left a really bad job but between that I was living at my flat and job hunting like crazy.
  5. I’m part Maori, my dad being half Maori. However, I inherited my mothers pale white skin so the only time you see it coming out is when I brown, I stay tan for a long time.

Tell me a fact about you that you might not tell many people! xx

T xx

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My Wedding!(Part One)

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My Wedding!(Part One)

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Hi Team!

So with wedding season coming up in Britain I thought I would talk about my own wedding! I got married on the 15th February, 2014. It was nonconventional and I learned a lot about myself and what I want in the process, so this blog will talk about that!

So we got engaged when we lived in Birmingham. Then the planning started. As I am from New Zealand and my husband is from Scotland, we had to figure out where we were going to have the ‘proper’ wedding. After doing a poll of our relatives and friends, it made more sense to have the wedding in New Zealand, as I wanted my family to be there and Gordon’s family and any friends we had in the UK could come over and see New Zealand for the first time.

I had a notion of wanting to get married at my old Girl Guide camp but it was ruled out by logistics. Then my husband suggested the Performing Arts Centre at my old university at Hamilton. One of our mutual friends worked there and could help us with the set up, lighting, sound etc. We wouldn’t have the chance to come over and scope out the building in person until we got over for our wedding, so a good amount of trust was put in on that end. I knew the building anyway as I did Screen and Media in my degree so had been in a few times. I knew it was great, overlooked one of the lakes on campus, was relatively private, and our friend would do an amazing job.

This friend also stepped up and him and his band The Monroes played at our wedding also! My husband had worked and known them for years and we were all friends so it made sense for them to play as they can pretty much play anything under the sun, and could have something for everyone there.

Speaking of everyone, we invited over 200 people. We had watched people go through the agony of keeping to a list, not inviting or inviting, and having to invite someones second uncle twice removed, and we were not here for it. If we invited everyone that had touched our lives and that we thought we would definitely see in our lives going forward, this would not be an issue. I get really annoyed when people get harassed about who they invite or don’t invite so we solved the problem! And in the end, about 150 showed up, and for the whole day, so it was actually fine.

I picked up my wedding dress, from Monsoon, for £250. It was the first one I tried on, my mother and best friend weren’t there, and I had gotten rejected from a job there. Funny huh? It was beautiful, with a grecian look and an angel sleeve, light and perfect for the heat, and loose so I could eat all the food on my wedding day. This shopping experience was perfect as I knew what I wanted and I hate traipsing around the shops and doing the champagne thing. Too much.

Speaking of food, we decided to put on a huge BBQ. We thought we’d rather feed everyone to death, and with food that was popular with everyone. Plus it was summertime in New Zealand and it would be criminal to not have a BBQ going somewhere. We also had pavlova and one of my bridesmaids mums made this stunning cake. It was so needed as I was very hungry!!

For my bridesmaids, I picked my nearest and dearest, two of my oldest friends, my sister and my sister in law. They got to pick their own dresses and I just asked if it were pastel colours to suit the day. I hand made their bouquets in place of real flowers so it was something that they could keep and have a memory of.

Our celebrant is one of Gordy’s former coworkers, who now does a lot of things, but is a fantastic celebrant. She really personalised our ceremony and guided us through quite a nerve-wracking day! Her name is K-M Adams if you are in NZ and need a great celebrant!

Here are some pictures of the day!

Next week I will go into more detail, and of course, more pictures!

T xx

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Hi Team,

So this blog I am talking about the Sandailo Psychics app. I love to read Tarot in my spare time for fun, and when asked to try this app, I jumped at the chance. Who wouldn’t want to have an idea of what happens in their future, or how that job interview went, what’s coming up in their relationship, and more.

Sandailo Psychics brings together Ppychics from all different mediums – such as Tarot, Clairvoyance, Medium based, Spiritualist and more. You can purchase public questions  – the only thing that gives you away is your age and thats it – and then any psychic can answer your question – plus its a great way to shop for what psychic you like based on their public answers for other peoples questions.

I had two private questions, and three public questions, and gravitated towards a psychic  who specialised in relationships, mind and body, and home and family. The first question I asked was regarding an important relationship in my life, and she hit the nail on the head. She also have me an important month to look out for, and I’m looking forward to seeing what unfolds!

I then asked about my chosen career path and if it was right for me. I asked a different psychic and she answered that it was meant for me, it was just people around me that is making me question it, which is pretty accurate. I definitely have a lot of supporters who have helped me through my new career transition, but there are one or two that aren’t very complimentary.

I then asked a different psychic about one of my friends, and an issue I am helping her with. She said that all systems were go and I was on the right track – which I was relieved at as there is a lot riding on this.

The other two questions were very personal so I won’t share them on here, however they were answered well and provided peace of mind.

I like this form of psychic help, as it can give you peace of mind, you can pick the psychic that you think will give you the help you need, and its all conveniently in one app! Sandailo hand pick their psychics, so there is not overly a lot of choice, however the quality is really good!

Have you ever tried a psychic? How was it? Let me know in the comments!

T xx

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Your Self Care List

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Hi guys!

This week I am talking about how to compose your own Self Care list. This is for everyone, to make sure your mental health is doing well and it enables you to rest your mind in a busy world. Over the last year I have been making mine – taking off and adding on items –  and no doubt you will too, as your life changes. I put my self care first, because I never used to, and I could see the dramatic changes it made my health, my work ethic, and my relationships. Now I can be my full self because I know I have filled my health back up (nice video game reference huh huh huh).

Here is my list, and it will be similar or very different. The point of me sharing mine is to get started with yours. It can be in your mind, or on a piece of paper, or on your phone. The main thing is to try fit in as many things as you can with the time you have, even if you are a full time parent or work 40 hours a week.

  1. I play games on my phone. There are 4 games i play every day, and throughout the day, and its a nice break for my brain, being at a computer all day. They are silly games that help me relax and unwind.
  2. Reading. I love to read, and have recently taken it back up. If I’m stressed, it can take me awhile to settle down into the book – but I very much liken it to meditation, as you get absorbed in the story and it stops your mind racing.
  3. Meditation. I do this as often as I can, and am now at the point when I know exactly when I need it, such as when I’ve had a busy day, or am stressed about something happening. There are many great apps out there to help!
  4. Yoga. I do Yoga as my main form of exercise to help my back and gain strength. More often I do it to be focused on the practise of it and stop worrying about my to do list. It really pushes me to strengthen my muscles and also gets my breathing to a good standard, which as people with anxiety know, this is very hard to get under control.
  5. Pamper Night. I do a weekly pamper night where I get the face mask on, moisturise, paint nails, shower, bath, wash hair, all things to make me feel I am floating on air by the end! Taking the time to take care of yourself is very important and if you do it right before bed it means you are more relaxed and sleep better, plus you know that you look great for the next morning!

This is my surefire ways of making sure I look after myself before I look after anyone else, as I can’t help with a half filled cup. Choose your own self care list, and don’t be afraid to get right to the heart of what you like, whether its a nerdy hobby, a lavish beauty salon treatment, or reading trashy books. You know what you need to function and get on with your own day and its challenges, so it’s important it makes you happy.

What’s on your list? I’d love to know!

T xx

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Hi guys!

So this is not so much a review, but the place I went to deserves some praise so it’s kind of a review!

I got a new tattoo! I am super happy with it, and have been thinking about it for awhile. I have Maori heritage and wanted the words ‘ea’ and ‘noa’ tattooed somewhere.

‘Ea’ means ‘to rise’ and ‘noa’ is to keep at a level state of tapu.

I knew I wanted the tattoos one on each part either arm or leg, but didn’t know. I eventually settled on the backs of my arms, above the elbow, as its a great place to showcase and it’s also not too bad for pain as there is a bit of cushioning there.

So I usually go to Kerry at Red Hot and Blue for my tattoos, however there was this amazing tattoo place that had opened on Broughton Street awhile ago that I was very curious about, called Den of Iniquity. I looked them up on Instagram, and discovered it was three awesome ladies who do amazing artwork – Jen, Deborah, and Aileen.

I saw that Aileen had space on my day off so I jumped at the chance to get her to tattoo me. She is so talented and an absolute sweetheart in  person. I had requested more of a handwritten font for the words, and when I showed up she showed me what she had done, and it was exactly what I had envisaged.

Before I go onto the tattoo part, I have to show you pictures of the studio. What an amazing place! It really spoke to my love of vintage, and they even had a My Little Pony sitting on the fireplace. So my vibe!

 

We headed downstairs, and got started. Now this may be the same or different, but you forget the pain. Every time the needle first hits my skin I suddenly go “oh, this was a terrible idea, this hurts, no more tattoos for awhile”. And then a week later you go hmmm…what’s my next one going to be? On that note, they had tattoos up on the walls and I spied this beautiful mermaid – I have been looking for a mermaid for awhile that I had in my mind, and this was the closest so I may just go back for her!

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The tattoo took around ten minutes, and I was so happy with the results, the placement was perfect, Aileen was a gem, and the whole experience was really cool. Nothing against the boys, but I do love getting tattoos from women, it’s a really cool experience and you get to meet some cool people as well!

Den of Iniquity also have guest tattooists coming through, who are closely matched with the artwork that the three ladies produce themselves.

I really enjoy the whole experience and will definitely be paying a visit again! I’ve popped their social media handles below – worth looking at if you are shopping for a great tattoo artist!

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T xx

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How to Adult – Being Organised!

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Hi guys!

So I have had a few people ask me how I keep so organised. It really took a long time to get to this point but now I have a system that works for me, that also means I am not at the mercy of my to do list and don’t get overwhelmed!

  1. Asana

This app is a godsend. You can use any to do list app you like, or even diaries or pen and paper, but I have found Asana very helpful. You can set your tasks under Projects , such as Business, Personal, Weekly Tasks, etc. Then under that you can pop all of your tasks related to the subject under that heading. You can set the tasks to either a particular day of the week, a particular date, and to recur when you want. For example I clear my email once a week and go through everything so this will be done every Sunday. I even set my reminders for self care such as doing Yoga or Mediation. It means that I don’t overwhelm myself with all my to dos, just work through a few each day. Plus when you tick off something in your list a unicorn flies over your list!

2. Housework

As we are in the process of renovating the house it is always in a state of disarray but I make sure to keep on top of everything as much as possible. I assign a different room to each day of the week and when I am pressed for time I assign twenty minutes to that room and do as much as I can in that time. It means that the room looks so much better when I am done and it puts a focus on getting as much done as possible in that twenty minutes. It also means you don’t lose a day to cleaning and your house is looking great.

3. Planning in Dentist, Hygenist, Doctors, Gym, Self Care, Skin Care and Hair Appointments. This is adulting to the max so if you are on top of this, you are onto the next stage of adulthood. I don’t need to go to the doctor all the time so I schedule this if and when. I plan in a Dentist and Hygenist together every six months, and as I go private I save up for this over the six months. I plan in a month’s worth of fitness/runs if and when it suits me, so I know that I will do it when the time comes. I also plan in self care, so I plan in Yoga, Meditation, time to read a book, what have you. Skin and Hair appointments do vary from person to person, but I plan a hair appointment every three months, and then my manicure every 3-4 weeks. I did a big yearly calendar and spaced out all of these appointments to make sure that it was all affordable and that it wasn’t all in the same month. This is the key to maintaining.

4. Saving regularly. This follows on from the appointments, but this is super important to make sure you get right, so you have savings when you are older and looking to buy a house, save for your pension, holidays, etc. When I get paid, I shove a preset amount into an ISA, of which I have worked out a certain amount will go to my Student Loan, an amount to my tax bill, an amount to my overall savings, and an amount for other things I am saving for, i.e. a dog and my citizenship. I keep a track of these via a budgeting app (there are loads out there) and make sure my saving goals are being reached before anything else. So determine what you are saving for – what debt you have, what you need to save for (deposit on a home, new washing machine etc) and then general savings and holiday/fun money. Then do with your pay what you will – food, rent, and whatever appointments you need to pay for that month. Don’t forget to leave some fun money!

5. Desktop

I make a point of tidying my emails once a week (see number one), right down to zero if I can, popping them into relevant folders. I also do a physical tidy of my desk, especially as it is usually strewn with empty coffee cups, products from companies to blog about, and many many notebooks. This means I am ready for another week and don’t go crazy when I sit down to do work. I also have a box of random stuff to either get filed, be dealt with, or throw away, so I do this once a week also. Doing this on a Sunday means you also feel ready to get on with what you do best!

I cannot stress enough, being organised is not the be all and end all, and it’s something that is not achieved over night – this took me years of getting my shit together and figuring out how I work best. I also stress that above all, prioritise yourself and your self care above all of your tasks you need to do. So when I look at my list for the day, Yoga, Meditation and going for a run are at the top of my list. Then I can move onto other things, knowing that I have looked after myself and made myself ready for the day.

Do you have any other tips? Share with me, I love to learn new ways!

T xx

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The Life of a Social Media Manager

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Hi team!

So this week I am talking about behind the scenes of my job. I am a self employed Social Media Manager, and I manage  social media for a client three days a week.

My job is very fast paced a lot of the time, and hours can go by without me noticing! It is a great job to have, and I really enjoy it.

Being a Social Media Manager is a fast paced job. You have to react quickly, know how to write content that’s appealing, navigate your clients requirements, and analyse data. There are so many facets to this job, and it really isn’t easy. On your days off you may still be monitoring what your clients accounts are doing, and also finding time to handle your own social media to keep bringing in new clients.

I came into this job from retail, and had been training for a long time to get to a good point to get into this industry. I started my own blog, and managed the social media for this. I wrote content for businesses of friends of mine, and I managed two friend’s social media for them.

I made the decision to start it as a business when I became self employed. This was a very big decision and also meant that I ditched my job in retail and started this new venture, with a vision of making my career goals comes true. My current work sees me an office 3 days a week. Here is a run down of my work day!

So I get in at 9am, check my emails, and sort out any things that need addressing straight away.

Then I spend about an hour on Facebook and Instagram. Great right? I post 7 posts over Facebook and Instagram for 7 accounts, like and comment on followers posts, and post posts, usually from our brands we stock on Facebook.

I also comment on the home feeds as well, targeting people that might follow us, and watch some of our followers stories and non followers stories. If I have a story to post,  I will do this also as we get a huge viewership from it.

The next thing will be to start working on the content for the month. Producing a months worth of content for 7 accounts is no easy feat, and I have a content calender to help me plan for latest offers, products of the month, before and afters, and treatment focuses. I will write all of those and get them approved, and then schedule into Facebook and Instagram.

After this I focus on our emails. We tend to send out two a month, one with the Latest Offers, and a Membership one as well, getting people to join. I make them up and then get them approved and scheduled

I then update the Online Shop with all the discounts that we are doing this month, as well as putting on the Special Offers that are on that month. This can take a long time but it’s worth it as it looks great when I am done!

I post content up to our 4 Google pages as well, talking about our offers and encouraging people to get booked in.

This usually takes about 6 – 7 days to all complete, and there is some back and forthing and make sure that the client is happy with my work and ready to publish. I then schedule it all, and have to choose the opportune times to make sure that the content is scheduled for the right people to see it.

All of this can take up to two work weeks, and this means I have two weeks to concentrate on other things, such as launching a treatment, or working on our website. I tend do a full report on our social media channels, analyse our competitors, and see what is needed to be worked on for the next month.

I have a set of S.M.A.R.T goals that I use against the reports to determine how I am doing in terms of getting our social media up to the standard I want. This is a really great tool that I use in my own personal blog social media as well, and it really helps you get a focus on what is important and also helps you prioritise.

At the moment i am working on the ecommerce website. It is something that will not only push the business forward, but bring more money in for the client as well.

Being a Social Media Manager is really enjoyable. I love being autonomous, working towards goals, and interacting with people over social media!

T xx

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Hi team!

I am sooooo loving that Summer is coming. The weather is getting better and better and I can definitely feel the Vitamin D waking up my skin! With that in mind,  I am going to be working towards my goals for this Summer. If you have read my Goals for Spring, you will now know that some goals are eternal and ongoing. Or I am lazy. HAHA

  1. I have gotten my bathroom done. Hooray! So much better. The next stage is getting my lounge and hallway done, and finish off my kitchen, and plant more plants in my garden. I will be a busy bee this summer, getting my hours ready for a cosy winter (can’t think of that yet tho!)
  2. Establish a workout routine that works. Everyone needs to find some kind of fitness that they respond to, whether it’s running, mountain biking, or pole dancing! Anything that gets you in the mood to exercise and look forward to exercising is good in my books. I do like to run, however it sometimes doesn’t motivate me, so maybe I might make a killer playlist and that might help. Wish me luck!
  3. I am going to be healthier in my food choices. I have already cut back on alcohol so I want to concentrate on drinking more water and eating more fruits and vegetables. It really can be hard but I am going to do my best to be healthy this summer.
  4. Say ‘no’ more often. In the past I would take on more than I could cope with, and that would result in stress, burnout, and the inability to set my own boundaries. This Summer I want to relax on a Sunday, and not have a to-do list. I want to spend quality time with my friends and do what I would like to do. All work and no play is no good, so this Summer I look forward to playing a bit more!
  5. Get my house ready for a dog. By this Christmas, I want to have a dog in my life, and I want to get my building site of a house sorted so I can get it! I really am looking forward to it, and can’t wait to hang out with my new friend.

What are your goals for summer? Share with me in the comments!

T xx

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