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I came into 2016 with no resolutions or 'goals'. I just didn't have any that I felt passion enough about to pick on and then it came to me. 
 
Recently I've felt overwhelmed by my dependence on technology. I spend the majority of my week at work on the computer, and spend my lunch time checking Instagram or reading my e-book and then will come home and catch up on tv whilst I write up blog posts. Aside from work, I can say that I honestly love all of it and I don't know where we would be today without my mate Google but there is a time and a place and in 2016 I'm going to live my life a little more offline

20 things to do offline:
1. Visit a library and borrow a book.
2. Learn a new language.
3. Read a hard copy book.
4. Volunteer for something you believe in.
5. Enroll in a short course (try here for free online courses).
6. Hug a friend.
7. Write your bucket list.
8. Make a photocopy album/ scrapbook (hard copy, not digital)
9. Make a herb garden
10. Make your daily commute device-free.
11. Stay off emails/social media for a day.
12. Do Yoga.
13. Visit a local market.
14. Tell someone you love them.
15. Walk on the beach barefoot.
16. Start a recipe book.
17. Learn to meditate
18. Go to a play or musical.
19. Watch the sunrise with someone special.
20. Have a picnic. 

I think that this is going to be a great series on the blog, so get excited for some future #logoffandlive post.


Let me know if you enjoyed this post and I encourage you all to get involved posting your own experience when you #logoffandlive .

FOR THE LOVE OF SWEATERS.

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Those of you in the northern hemisphere may not think there is anything unusual about writing a post about knitwear, however as I am based in Sydney, Australia I can confirm that it is summer. Not only that but I am currently on holidays. Now, before you start picturing me on a sun-bed holding a cocktail let me clarify by admitting that I am currently wearing my Christmas jumper (is that not the weirdest thing you’ve heard in January? Although it's the only jumper I happened to have with me), huddled under not one, but three blankets listening to rain outside and am unable to leave said holiday destination due to surrounding floods. Jealous? I thought so. 

To be honest I really can't complain, I have gone through my fair share of Greys Anatomy (no spoilers please!) and although we are currently running out of food (baked beans anyone?) it is lovely to be cuddled up under layers of blankets and clothing, which got me day-dreaming about some jumpers that may be more appropriate than the one I am currently rocking.

Jumper number six isn't something I would normally wear, but considering the lack of food we have in our current situation  it couldn't be more true!

Which one is your favourite? 

WEDNESDAY WALLPAPER | NEW YEAR, NEW BACKGROUND

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It was only the other day whilst I was leaving the house I looked at my phone and realised I hadn’t changed my background since I posted this blog post (here). As lovely as the wallpaper was, it certainly was time to move away from the Merry Christmas theme and start the new year fresh, confident and ready for all kinds of positive change

I am frequently reminded by Dan that my love of inspirational quotes is not shared by everyone so I’ve reined that desire in and kept things colourful, positive and simplistic-ish


I hope that the Christmas break was everything you wished and more and that January has been kind on you thus far, and that you’re feeling ready for great things to happen in 2016. Bring. it. on! 

MINDFULNESS MONDAY.


This is the 'most wonderful time of the year' however it can also be one of the most stressful times, with lots of families coming together, the hustle and bustle of shopping centers, chaotic roads and small children running (or should I say, screaming) everywhere you go. I read a book recently which highlighted the benefits of mindfulness training. The best part about it? You don't need to be locked away in a Zen temple, or mumbling anything to yourself. You can practice it right now, in the middle of an argument, or sitting on a crowded train on your way home whilst you silently hate the person behind playing music way too loud... We've all been there, haven't we?

1. Check in and breath. In the middle of a stressful situation take a moment and turn your attention to your posture and notice how your body is feeling. Have you been sitting too long? Is your back hunched? Sit up straight or correct your posture and take a few breaths. centre yourself and it will slowly bring your mind back to the present. 

2. Notice your feelings. Too often when people frustrate us it is because we often focus on what we want, how we think we should be treated and how the world 'should' be. Take a step back from these emotions and take you out of the equation to see the big picture.  

3. Let go of control. Practice letting go and letting things happen. Practice not stressing over things being out of your control. Practice being happy no matter what happens

Of course this is easier said then done, but with practice hopefully we will be on our way to being mindful and relaxed, even in the toughest situations. 


What do you do to relax in stressful situations? 

LETS CATCH UP



It’s finally December however with everything being so busy at the moment I feel like someone needs to come and inject Christmas spirit straight into my femoral artery  like a muscle relaxant that’ll leave me with a dreamy smile and closed eyes. Recently I have been so busy I feel like I am running around like a headless chicken being completely unproductive so I think it's time to sit back and take a breath. Here's a little snippet into my life at the moment. 

Cooking: nothing and eating out way too much. 
Drinking: hot chocolate made from real chocolate...mmhmm! 
Reading: 'Twenties Girl' by Sophie Kinsella. She is a hilarious author and perfect if you need a laugh. 
Wanting: Christmas holidays.
Looking: at the incredible summer weather outside. 
Playing: Adele's new album. 
Wasting: time.
Wishing: it was the weekend. 
Enjoying: catching up with friends I haven't seen in awhile. 
Waiting: to receive Christmas presents I ordered in the mail. Exciting!
Hoping: that you're all well and enjoying the festive season. 
Needing: a hug and a million dollars... any takers?
Smelling: my perfume - 'Beauty' by Calvin Klein. 
Wearing: a red lip. It's the closest thing to being festive at the moment...  
Noticing: all the lovely Christmas lights going up on the houses outside. 


What are you up to at the moment?

Let me know!   
 
               

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