What I’m Reading This Month – July

Florence 2014

So maybe you noticed that I didn’t do one of these posts in June and really, that’s because I didn’t read anything. 

June is not my favourite month of the year. For me it means exams, stress and winter so any kind of ‘extra’ reading is definitely off the cards.

But now it’s July and July is different.

I’m in Europe (currently in my friend’s apartment in Paris) and I can pretty well do whatever I like with my time. There’s nowhere I ‘have’ to be and I’m going  to have a lot of time on planes and trains for reading.

So I was pretty happy when I got to Brisbane Airport and saw a book that I’d really wanted to read but had completely forgotten it existed until I saw it (I have no idea why my brain does this to me haha)

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My Struggle With Motivation

Self Portrait in Spain

I want to tell you the reason I haven’t posted anything on the blog for the last two weeks is because I’ve been ‘too busy’.

The whole ‘I’ve just been so busy’ excuse is just way too easy to use. I say it to myself and others all the time even though I know it’s not the real reason I’m not getting anything done (I haven’t been too busy to watch a whole season of Pretty Little Liars…)

The real reason I haven’t posted anything on the blog recently is motivation. I’ve been seriously lacking it. 

It’s definitely not in an ‘I don’t care’ way. I still definitely care a lot.

I’ve just felt like I have no energy.

It’s this highly unproductive slump that I find myself in every 3 or 4 months that is really hard to pull myself of (and yes, it does always happen after the end of uni exams).

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Money: What’s Your Story?

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I’m no expert, but I’m pretty sure bad spending habits have nothing to do with money and everything to do with the way we feel.

I know I already kinda talked about this a couple of weeks ago (you can read the post here) but I want to dig a little deeper.

Not everyone who struggles to save has low self-esteem, but everyone who struggles to save is having that problem because of the way they feel about money.

This is why we can’t stick to the strict budgets we impose on ourselves for more than 4 days. This is why we can live in the age of information, with 50 million articles on the net called ’10 easy ways to save more money’, and we’re still struggling.

None of these things deal with the way we feel.

If you actually want to save money start paying attention to the stories you tell yourself. 

In the words of Seth Godin:

We tell ourselves a story about how we got that money, what it says about us, what we’re going to do with it and how other people judge us. We tell ourselves a story about how that might grow, and more vividly, how that money might disappear or shrink or be taken away.

And those stories, those very powerful unstated stories, impact the narrative of just about everything else we do.

So yes, there’s money. But before there’s money, there’s a story. It turns out that once you change the story, the money changes too.

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Are You A Consumer Or A Creator?

PhotographyThis is the question that made me realise I wasn’t creating anything, even though I desperately wanted to.

This is the question that made me start this blog.

Anyone can be a creator, including you. The only hurdle is choosing yourself. 

It took me years of consuming blogs and years of thinking ‘I could do that too’ to finally give myself permission to do it – it’s so much easier on the ego not to try.

Whether you’re an artist, writer, photographer, musician, film-maker, stylist or blogger, you have to confront the knowledge that people are judging you. You have to confront the fear that your friends and family will tell you you’re not ’good enough’.

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How To Get Back Into A Habit

I Love StrawberrySo I’m guessing it’s not news to you that the habit fairy isn’t going to come and wave her magic wand just because you’ve been doing something for 21 days.

It’s actually hard to get into a good habit and it usually takes me a good three or four (or five or six) attempts to finally get there.

One of the hardest things about habits isn’t actually sticking to them. That’s easy enough once you figure out the way to approach it that’s actually going to work for you (and not the person you wish you were).

The hardest part is giving them another shot when it didn’t work out the first, second or twenty-second time you tried them. 

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3 Super Easy Ways To De-Stress (Besides Eating A Whole Block Of Chocolate)

'Soaking Up the Sun', Aruba, Baby BeachLet me just say it’s not that I wouldn’t LOVE to eat a whole block of chocolate every time I get stressed because trust me, I would

It’s just that my body doesn’t seem to love it as much as my taste buds do (hello pimples, goodbye bikini) so I’ve had to find other ways to deal with the stress that always seems to rear it’s ugly head around this time every semester. And since exams start in a little over a week (eeeek!) there’s no better time to de-stress than now!

These 3 little things I love doing to help me get back to being a somewhat-normal person aren’t the only 3 things I do to de-stress, but they’re 3 things I do that don’t really take much effort to add into my routine (and they’re all free too!)

Here they are:

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Your Career: Why You’re Already Good Enough

I Before E Except After CSearching for a job can get seriously overwhelming.

Any kind of excitement you had before the search began swiftly gets replaced by the realisation that everyone else is more qualified than you and you’re never ever, ever going to get a damn job. And that feeling can kind of be a downer.

But it doesn’t have to be like and there’s one simple reason why:

We overestimate the competition and underestimate ourselves.

I am willing to bet my first kitten (and I’m a cat person so that is HUGE) that you’ve seen an advertisement for a job you would kill to get but you didn’t even apply because it just felt so out of reach.

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