It’s Time

 

I was en route to breakfast with a friend the other weekday morning {and by en route I mean I had just started my car} and, looking at the clock on the dash, I realised I was going to be late. Again. Unless my trusty Corolla had all of a sudden become a V10, I was not going to make the half hour trip in 15 minutes.

As I grabbed my phone to text her {“Running 10 late as per usual”} I had had enough. I was embarrassed by having to write that text again and realised that I was the only one who could change that.

My Husband knows this story all too well. In drastic measures, he’s now taken to telling me a fake time {which I have calculated is roughly 15-30 minutes off real time} to ensure we’re out the door on time for important events. To my credit, I am trying. I hate being late and rushing around, but it just seems to be the way it always works out.

If it’s work-related, I won’t be late – although my last workplace had a bit of a warped sense of time which did not help my problem. One bit.

But if it’s an appointment – say beauty, physic etc – I’ll most likely arrive either bang on time or a few minutes over the clock, much to the frustration of the person I’ve booked in to see.

I know where I go wrong – poor planning and not allowing enough time spent in traffic. Sigh.

What this little breakfast outing did highlight for me was that I, like my Husband, am sick of being late.

As you read this, I’m lucky enough to be in the beautiful Byron Bay on a mid-winter getaway. Friends of ours were kind enough to have their amazing wedding in Noosa, so we’ve escaped afterwards for a bit of sun and surf. It’s done wonders for the soul and we’ve lapped up the time to read books that were gathering dust on our bedside tables, give our faces some light and generally do whatever we have felt like doing – which hasn’t been all that much!

I’m also lucky enough to be heading back to a brand spankin’ new gig when I get home. I’m so pumped! It’s a great opportunity and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the challenges that lie ahead in the next few months.

So, this is the perfect time for me to stop and assess the parts of my life that I haven’t been all that thrilled with.

It’s amazing what being unmotivated does to you, and it’s only just now that I have started a mental list of things I’d like to change, that I’ve become aware of just how slack I have become in the last few {or more} months.

Here goes…

1. Be on time. No excuses.

For me, this means allowing EXTRA time for traffic, public transport and getting ready and out the door. This also means prioritising and not trying to cram a million things into the mornings.

Usually my mornings have gone: gym, walk pup, shower, dress, breakfast…make lunch…out the door {“shit I’m late!”}.

Future mornings: gym or a long walk with the pup {if I do both then the walk with the pup becomes a run to the park and throwing of ball to wear her out a bit}, shower, dress…OUT THE DOOR! No time for breakfast sitting down at home. I’m going to get back into the habit of eating after I’ve left the house. This seems to work best for me. It’ll also mean being far more organised with lunches and packing the night before.

Another time-saving tactic I’m going to employ is setting a timer on my phone to give me ample warning for when I need to be out the door.

Note to brain: this involves pre-thought into how long it will take to get places. From where you live now…not where you lived six months ago…GUILTY!

2. Invest more time into my Little Ray of Sunshine.

Back in March, I signed up for the amazing Rachel MacDonald’s Bright-Eyed and Blog-Hearted e-course. I was pumped! I loved Rach’s blog and it was her own that inspired me to start this one. So I was keen to hear her tips of the trade on how to reach more lovely readers and make my blog somewhere worth visiting!

Of course, then life ‘happened’ and I allowed it to be an excuse for never. really. starting.

Now, with the second round of bright-eyed students eagerly awaiting for the course to start, it’s the perfect chance for me to follow through with my intention and get this baby rocking!

3. More time for me.

Meditation. Yoga. Running. Cups of tea. Reading.

Just some of the things I enjoy and ways that I recharge. While we’ve been away, I’ve been able to do a few of them – mostly the reading and cups of tea – but I’m making the things I love a priority for me in this next phase of my life and career.

I haven’t run more than a few kms at a time for MONTHS. Seriously, months! Back at the start of March, we moved house and I’ve never found new running routes nearby. It’s time to dust off the shoes and get the blood pumping again! To help with this little challenge, I’m setting myself the goal of running a few fun runs later in the year – 10km in Melbourne Marathon, 14km in City2Sea and finally, half marathon in the Sussan Women’s Fun Run. Intentions set!

4. Following through.

Firstly, a massive SORRY to those people who, over the last six months or so, I have promised to do things for and then never followed through. Trust me when I say that I WANT to do these things for you. I just have the tendency to over commit and can’t physically get through it all.

This coupled with my lack of motivation this year has meant a recipe for disaster and I’m not comfortable with it. At all.

So, you’ll be pleased to know I’m making a list {and checkin’ it twice}. All you lovely people who I owe things to – bits and bobs I’ve promised over the last little while. They’re coming! And if you wouldn’t mind…a gentle push to get things done would be SO appreciated!

5. Going easy on myself. 

Self-love. That’s my aim. It’ll take a while to stop the degrading, negative thoughts that we’re all guilty of, but I’m determined to live the brightest, shiniest life I can! And that starts with LOVING myself {and my aforementioned flaws}.

So, for now, that’s it! My intentions for the second half of this amazing year.

I’m getting back on my feet and I can’t wait for what’s to come! Thank you, dear readers, for your patience, understanding and LOVE over the past little while. I hope you enjoy the things that lie in store for Little Ray of Sunshine.

Images from the lovely Lorna Jane’s Pinterest. Script print from the amazing Jasmine Dowling.

 

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Five Things

Rise and shine lovelies, it’s time to put your skates on for a great week ahead!

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You may be bleary-eyed and have pressed snooze a number of times on the dreaded Monday morning alarm today, but now’s a great chance to take a moment and reset for the days to come.  A positive thought in the morning can change the way you approach your day, so how about it?

What is one thing that you’re looking forward to doing today? And another you’re looking forward to doing on the weekend?

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As you read this, I’m finishing up a pilates class which, no doubt, I would have started half asleep but by now I’m pumping with endorphins and ready to tackle the week. If you have time for a workout before you start the week, quick sticks and jump to it! No better way to start the day.

Now, here’s some other things that I’ve got on my mind for the fab week ahead!

1.  Busy bee: I’ve got things on every night bar one this week and while I’ll probably get to the weekend exhausted, I secretly love having weeks like this. I thrive off others’ energy and with a networking event thrown in for good measure, it’s sure to be a fab one!

2. Puppy love! This is the week we pick up our gorgeous new addition to the family. Welcome Indi!

3. Laughing more: the last few weeks I’ve had the case of the borings. I love laughing and enjoying life and this week I’m planning on living up to that!

4. Delicious detox / cleanse part II: I’m amping things up for this week and getting stuck into part two of my Dietlicious cleanse. Stay tuned for a wrap up post when I’m done including tips, tricks and how I got through two in the one month!

5. And last but certainly not least…my beautiful Mum wraps up her radiation treatment this week on Wednesday. I’m so excited to celebrate with a champagne soda water toast. The last six months have been intense and she’s faced them head on. Congrats Mumo, we are all so proud of you!

Love and sunshine gorgeous people! xo

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Five Things

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Happy Monday lovely ones! Hope it was a great one!

I’m still waiting for my Fabulous February feeling to kick in…it’s Day 3 now and I’m tipping tomorrow will be the turning point and I’ll wake up feeling refreshed, revived and ready to go! So here are my Five Things for this first week of Feb {in no particular order}…

1. Return to netball tonight: it’s been a longish break and I’m {pretty much} ready and raring to go! Bring it on!

2. Getting into the rhythm of the cleanse. I do miss my caffeine hit though. Enough said.

3. Summer times: despite the intense heat over the last few days, I’m resetting my mindset and am determined to remain positive about the warmth that comes with the best season of the year. Breathe it in peeps! We’ll be mourning the summer days come June.

4. Wedding love: I’m helping pull together some stuff for my bro and almost sis-in-law’s wedding at the end of March. I forgot just how much I love weddings!

5. And the best one…a weekend away with my husband! It’s going to be another scorcher in Melbs next weekend and in protest, we’re retreating to the beach for a weekend of sun and surfing. It’ll be great to finally get back on my board after such a long hiatus.

And now to leave you with something to remember for this week…

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Love and sunshine. xo

Images: Enjoy Today / I am in charge

Five Things

The first public holiday of the year is done and dusted and with a short week, there’s already a lot to look forward to…including the reduced working days!

I spent the long weekend with family and friends and it was absolute bliss – hot days and long nights, my kinda summer!

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This week marks the last week of January {this year is going as quick as the last one!} and I’m excited to get stuck into the start of February for my little health kick. Are you joining me? C’mon, do it! There’s still time for you to make a commitment to your own health and wellbeing.

This week, I’m heading back to basics and appreciating the smaller things in life.

1. Detox time: can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to this break from the bad stuff. My body is hanging for it too!

2. Running: I managed to squeeze in my first longish run for the year on Sunday and this week I’m busting out another 8km run at some point when this warm weather allows. Baby steps towards my goal of a half marathon!

3. Impromptu time with my parents: my rents have moved to the suburb next to us, and even though we’re moving as well in the next month or so, I’m loving being able to pop into their house and even run over there. Such a treat!

4. Down time: between the madness, I’ve managed to squeeze in some time to myself. This is a huge goal for me this year, so I’ll be practicing my meditation in time for Fabulous February. I feel my shoulders easing off already…

5. Fruit: it sounds silly but I am loving summer fruit! Nothing better than {relatively} affordable berries and stone fruit. Delish! I’d also love to make those yoghurt / berry icey poles below…

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What are you looking forward to this week?

Love and sunshine. xo

Images: Pinterest / Food images via Lorna Jane

New Year | New Goals

Hello gorgeous and welcome to a brand spanking fresh year!

We might be a few days in already, but Little Ray of Sunshine is just getting back into the swing of things after a beautiful summer break. I’ve been spending the past week and a bit thinking about my intentions for this year while road tripping up to stunning Byron Bay for Falls Festival.

This is one of my favourite times of the year – a fresh year and a new start, the chance to set some great goals for the 12 months ahead as well as look back on the ones that were set this time last year.

I was never big into goal setting until a few years ago after a gentle push and shove from my better half {read about my journey with goal setting here} but I’ve been a huge advocate ever since. Being able to go back over the goals I set the previous year and tick most of them off my list is always an incredible feeling.

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I finished my goals today and this year wrote down a few intentions as well to expand on some of my aims for the year.

You might be thinking, that’s all very well but how do I actually set these ‘goals’?

If you’re new to setting goals, try writing 1-2 dot points under headings that are important to you. For example, I chose the headings Love, Life, Career, Spirituality, Health & Fitness and Community. Then I chose my main goals from the intentions I’d written under each of my headings.

I’m thrilled to share with you some of my intentions for this amazing year ahead…

2014 | My year to shine

  • Run a half marathon

  • Holdays to Bali, Noosa and Vietnam

  • Move house & get a dog {so domestic!}

  • Learn how to be on time {eep, this is such a tricky one for me!}

  • Become an events styling champion!

  • Improve eating – eat clean, unprocessed food 80% of the time

  • Maintain and increase active lifestyle {pilates 3 x week, run 3 x week, yoga 1 x week}

To ramp up the inspo, I also watched Jobs before commencing my working year. Great to get some motivation from Steve Jobs, who no matter what you might have thought of him was a forward-thinking, do-er and just made sh*t happen.

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Tell me, do you set goals at the start of the New Year? What are you hoping 2014 holds for you?

Images: Lorna Jane Pinterest