Praise yourself for giving it your all

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I have recently been struggling with the fact that as each day comes to an end, I feel that I have not learnt everything I should have.

I have begun a start up business and am also trying to figure out a network marketing business (while working at a magazine as well) and with all the learning I need to do, I constantly don’t feel I ever know enough.

Even if I put all of my energy into learning from early morning to late at night, I still don’t feel like I’ve achieved anything.

What a bad attitude to have!

It dawned on me yesterday that this is such a pessimistic way to be! I need to focus on what I have learnt, what I have got done and take it day by day. I will never know it all, but if I put all of my effort into something, then I think I deserve a bit of self praise – don’t you agree?

Are you like this also? Constantly trying to get so much done in a day? Learning new things and expecting to reach new goals etc. every single day? Well you’re not alone!

Too often we focus on major goals and feel as if we have accomplished nothing if we haven’t reached them yet.

So let’s make a pact – in 2015 we have to live each day and reflect on the accomplishments of that day. While it’s good to have a long term goal we are working towards, we still need to stop each day and say to ourselves:

Hey, I saw how much work you put in today… although you may be exhausted, look at how much you got done! Everything you learnt and did today is getting you closer to where you want to be – good job, you rock!

2015 will be a great year for us if we start to praise ourselves more and stop beating ourselves up about not knowing or doing everything all at once!

You got this. Remember that.

Lots of love xx

Go somewhere you have never been

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Happy 2015 everyone!

I have just got back from holidays and realised I have not blogged since October!

It certainly does not feel this long to me as I have been so busy. I graduated from university, have been working at a magazine and doing social media marketing for a number of businesses. I have been so busy writing for others that I forgot to write for my own blog – sorry guys!

I’m aiming this year to do a blog post a week and I will stick to that the best I can!

I have a lot of goals for 2015 – perhaps too many – but I wanted to share one of them in particular with you all.

Once a week,go somewhereyou have

This goal cam to me when I realised while studying and working I fell into such a routine. Even when I have time to spare I would go to the exact same places time and time again. I know the familiar is comfortable to me, but 2015 is going to be a year where I want to spend as much time as possible out of my comfort zone!

I am going to explore more of my city (Gold Coast, QLD, Australia) as well as the surrounding areas. I have done some Google and Pinterest research and begun to make a list of all of the places to visit. I’ve also let a few of my friends know so that if they are free on the same day, they can join me!

I am so, so excited about visiting new places and seeing new things!

Traveling and exploring can bring so much happiness to your life, plus it’s a nice getaway from the weekly stresses.

If any of you live in a nearby area to me, please get in contact if you’d like to join one of my adventures by visiting my contact page and filling out the form.

I hope you all have an amazing year and that you get out of your comfort zone in 2015 xx

My 100 Happy Days Journey

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After posting a guest blog on my friend Jazmin who was doing the 100 Happy Days Challenge (you can read it here), I decided rather than just talking about it, I should do it too!

I have just finished my last post and wanted to share with you all the journey it has allowed me to go on and what benefits I found by doing it.

I like to think I’m a very happy person and initially thought the challenge would be SUPER easy. But it was not. Like every other human being, I have rough days too.

There were some days when I thought not a single good thing has happened to me today and there is nothing to be happy about.

But these were the days when the challenge was most beneficial. I was forced to find something to be happy about, perhaps it was something that I could look forward to or just a quote that really helped me get through the day. If I wasn’t doing the happy days challenge I would of gone to sleep those nights thinking how crappy my day was but now I feel as if I won’t.

Without thinking about it I already consciously note down happy things in my head that happen each day and at the end of the day I think about them. This is an amazing habit to have formed and I am so thankful that I chose to undertake the challenge.

Furthermore it has sort of changed the way I use social media. Before I would just upload pictures for the sake of it but now most of my captions are showing appreciation and happiness for all I have had happen to me throughout the day. I feel as though I will continue this – whether other people look at my caption or not does not matter –  because its a conscious way that I can show gratitude and when I look back I am reminded of all the wonderful things that have occurred.

I hope I can keep these habits and continue on a path of conscious happiness and gratitude.

If you want to check out my challenge go to my instagram: @kkkirstin

I challenge anyone who is brave enough to do it too, sign up here!

Lots of love,

Kirstin xx

Allow Yourself to GROW

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I read somewhere that 50% of the people we have in our lives don’t want to see us do well. They don’t want to hear about your dreams, and if you still choose to tell them, they will tell you that you can’t do it, and secretly wish failure upon you. Roosh summarizes these people perfectly below:

They want you to fail because your success is their failure. It reminds them of their laziness, their poor work ethic. Their subtle jabs and withholding of encouragement are aimed to keep you in an inferior station. No one wants to see someone rise at faster speed than themselves.

There is no point in telling other people your goals. They will talk you out of it or give you bad advice. There is no point trying to convince others of your world view. They will plant seeds of doubts that prevent you from action and seeing the truth. The minute you go just slightly higher than you have been, they will try to sabotage you. They are the worrymongers, fearmongers, scaremongers, shamemongers, guilt-trippers, trolls, and haters. Ignore them. Feeding them brings you down to their level, which is exactly what they want.

Now as someone who is quite aware of those kind of people, I certainly don’t believe that 50% of the people in my life are like this at all. However I do know a few, and one in particular that definitely needs to be let go of.

I allow these people to remain in my life, even though I know they have served their purpose and it is time for me to move on. They remind me of the person I was, or the person I’m trying to move away from, and the familiarity I feel for them is probably what makes me keep them around.


I’m challenging myself this weekend to say good bye to one of these people, to ask them not to contact me anymore. I need to do this for myself so that I can properly become the person I feel I am becoming. It will be hard, but if I don’t let go of this person, I feel my life and I will not grow.

I challenge all you amazing people this weekend to have a good think about if you have any of these kind of people in your life – ex lovers, friends, old colleagues, acquaintances etc. If you feel that a particular person does not help you grow or even inhibits you from growing, it’s time to cut the strings.

You may be comfortable where you are, surrounded by familiar people, but are these people wishing you well? Do they inspire you to set goals and achieve them, or do they try to hold you in the place you are in right now, not wanting you to grow because if you do, they are afraid they will lose you?

You need to do what’s best for yourself and surround yourself with the people who wish you well, who are happy for your successes, celebrate your victories and do not find joy in your failures. I’m sure you can look at the people in your life and know whether they help you grow or not.

So I encourage you to get up the strength to let go of the people that don’t wish you well, you’ll make room for the positive people in your life, and find it much easier to achieve your goals and dreams once you are surrounded by like minded people who want to see you climb mountains.


Lots of love,

Kirstin xx

100 Happy Days

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A little while ago I wrote a post about making time for the things that make you happy (you can click here to read it!).

One of my closest friends is using the ‘100 Happy Days’ Challenge as perfect example of this!  Jazmin found the challenge has helped help her find what it is that makes her happy and it also helped her recognise something good about every day, no matter how tired or stressed she was.

If you want to check her challenge out, head on over to her Instagram: @jazmingabby

And make sure to read her beautiful post below!

Lots of love, Kirstin x


100 Happy Days


Recently I became very stressed, I started a new job and moved and I felt like I was constantly working for months on end!

I started doing the ‘100 Happy Days’ challenge to try to focus on the little things through my day that make me happy.

Coming home from a long shift, staying late and feeling so physically and mentally exhausted (being an RN on a surgical ward!); I would normally just switch off and watch TV or have a nap.  I realised that I had no time for me that day, and switching off will just make the tiredness worse.

So, now when coming home I do something that makes me happy, something I love.

Another thing I realised was that I figured out what things actually make ME happy. Everyone is different, and the things that make me happy are creative and low-key, and that’s ok.

Most of the people I talk to my age say that they have fun by grabbing a huge group of friends and going drinking. Personally, I could not think of anything worse. I enjoy things like quilting, makeup artistry, reading, cooking and gardening. Socially, I like having small dinners with friends and hanging out shopping or watching a movie.

Image's from Jazmin's Instagram: @jazmingabby

Image’s from Jazmin’s Instagram: @jazmingabby

Accepting what I like and actually doing it and not feeling that I have to fit in what everyone else likes, is important. I know it’s clichéd, but my main point is BE YOURSELF, the only thing that will make you happy, truly happy within yourself is being who you are.

Never mind what people think, never worry about the judgement of others, because the people who mind don’t matter, and the people who matter don’t mind.

If you’d like to sign up to do the ‘100 Happy Days’ challenge you can here;

Have a happy day Jaz xoxo

New Year’s Goals

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I intentionally did not name this post “New Year’s Resolutions” because I feel so many of us have negativity associated with that word as year after year we make resolutions that we never follow through with.

With Christmas over for another year and only a few more days left of 2013 I think it is important to look back on your resolution for this year, what was it? Did you achieve it? And if you didn’t, why not?

Maybe it was next to impossible to achieve, maybe you became lazy or found excuses as to why you could not achieve it. So many people say all of these extravagant ideas and they are overwhelmed at what it takes to achieve them.

As you begin to think about your GOAL for 2014, I have one piece of advice: make sure it is realistic! For example, rather than saying “I want to be skinny”, say “I want to find the healthiest version of me”. Figure out what the main thing you want to do in 2014 and go from there.

My 2014 goal was not too difficult for me to figure out: to inspire myself and other people.

That is ultimately my life goal and I want to keep doing great things, helping others and working towards all of the things I aim to do and be in the future!


Come up with a great goal for 2014 that is your mantra for the year, something you remember when you are struggling and something that you will feel proud to achieve.

Make 2014 the best year yet!

Lots of love,

Kirstin xx

Practice Christmas Grattitude!

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This week when someone asked me “what do you want for Christmas?” I thought and thought about it, but couldn’t think of anything. I realised that right now, I have everything I want.

2013 has been the most wonderful year for me! My family have been so supportive and loving. My sister got engaged and my other sister went on exchange to Denmark. I submersed myself in University life making new friendships, and meeting people that I know I will be friends with for life. I got so much work experience, some paid too, and really good grades! Last week I found out I got an amazing job doing the Marketing/PR/Events for my favourite nightclub here at the Gold Coast (I didn’t think I had a chance at getting that job!).

Christmas Happiness!

Christmas Happiness!

I have also completely made peace with who I am, externally and internally. I have found my passion and purpose. I just feel this amazing sense of happiness and love. No material item could bring me this much happiness.

Christmas is the time of year to look back on your year and to practice gratitude for all that has occurred and all that you have made happen! Each an everyone of us have things to be grateful for. Acknowledge what they are or who they are. Tell people how you feel about them, thank them, tell them that they inspire you or just tell someone how much you love them. Giving the gift of happiness is so important and what better time to give it than at Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you all, may it be filled with peace, love and happiness.

Lots of love,

Kirstin xx