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Independent Explorations

I Quit Sugar: Reflections on Week One

I pulled on my favourite work pants this morning and they weren’t tight. For the first time in months, they were comfortable to wear again. My motives for quitting sugar aren’t centred around my weigh but this is awesome. Since finishing university three years ago, ten extra kegs has crept on. For the first time […]

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Independent Explorations

Goodbye to the Sweet Stuff

I’ve just quit sugar.  Taken the plunge, signed up for an eight week program. There’s meal plans, shopping lists, support forums – the whole nine yards. I’m incredibly excited to make this change in my life (until the crash comes). I’m not overweight, I cook a lot of my own verge dense meals, I exercise. […]

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Maven Matters

Maven Matters: On Evening Routines

Why do morning routines get all of the attention when evening routines can be equally as impactful. I’d so more so for those of us that find waking up in the morning challenging. Simply because we’re more likely to stick to an evening routine and thereby get the benefit. A morning routine on paper is […]

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Candid

Candid: 2016

An uncut, unedited list of lessons and discoveries from 2016. I’m more me than I’ve ever been. Learning to ask for what I want. Taking up space. Practicing these skills in smaller ways so it’s less scary when the big opportunities happen. Costa Rica was a massive turning point creating exponential personal growth. The challenge […]

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What I Like Wednesday

What I Like Wednesday: Ironing

Introducing What I Like Wednesday, where I take generally disliked activities and explain what I like about them. It’s about to get very Zen up in here! First up is Ironing. For even the most fearsome housekeeper, a dreaded task. Worse than cleaning the toilet even. Not for me. I find the sense of accomplishment […]

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Independent Explorations

My Favourite Reflection Questions

The best way for me to access the not so pretty parts of my mind is to write it out. Free flow writing, without judgement or filtering for about twenty minutes and BOOM! There it is. It’s almost as if I try to tackle the not pretty head on it’s too daunting and I hide. […]

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Maven Matters

Maven Matters: On Why I Reread Books

I find a huge amount of comfort in the familiarity of a well worn story. Tales that I can nearly recite passages from I’ve read them so many times. My favourite book, Anne of Green arable so, has fallen in two. Sometimes I just open up anywhere and start reading, falling into known world. It’s […]

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Maven Matters

On Gratitude

What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realised it sooner – Colette Don’t be Colette. Be grateful every single day. For the precious moments, small mercies and big wins. Everyday life is more glorious and the Universe is working in my favour, if only I stop to realise it. Eternally grateful! – […]

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Life Maven

A Simple Idea for Achieving Personal Goals

I’m currently training for my first half marathon (eeek I know!). Out pounding the pavement I had a reoccuring thought, focus on small steps and go further. I wish I could lay claim to this nugget of wisdom but I can’t. It comes from an episode of the James Altucher Show. His interviewee (who I […]