8 Truths 2017 Taught Me

2017 has been an amazing year. I’m pretty sure I said this at the close of 2016 too, but seriously this year really topped it. We bought a house by the beach, started renovating, expanded our family with our fur baby Bodhi, took time off to explore Broome, Bali and Margaret River and did it all while remaining sickly happy and in love (vomit). The new job has certainly brought its challenges and of course there have been the occassional shitty moments but from those, only came lessons. So here are some of the things I learnt in 2017.

1. Balance, balance, balance!

No, I’m not talking about walking on a tightrope or nailing the perfect headstand (I mean, you can do that too if you like). I’m talking about creating a balanced lifestyle. Work took over my life way too much this year and if that taught me anything, it was the importance of a positive work/life balance. Spending time at home with my loved ones and making time to do the things I enjoy is more important to me than a few extra dollars in the bank. Enjoying life and the experiences it offers, wins every time!

2.Make self-care a priority.

I was run down and sick way too often this past year. I was burning the candle at both ends. Working way too hard and neglecting my own health and self care. We are only human and can only do so much. We only have this one life and one body to live it in so it’s important to take care of it. Move your body regularly. Nourish your body by eating lots of fresh, healthy and gut-healing foods. Take care of your mental health with down time, meditation and positive affirmations. Just look after yourself.

3. ‘No’ is not a bad word.

It’s ok to say no sometimes. After reading Sarah Knight’s ‘The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck’ I was all over this. I stopped feeling guilty for saying ‘no’ to attending events I dont want to go to, or filling my days off catching up with people I can barely even call an aquaintence. Life is too bloody short to spend your days doing things you don’t enjoy. It’s ok to say no. And it’s ok to not give a reason too.

4. Nourish your mind.

My job does not challenge me intellectually. At all. Sorry, but it’s just a fact. I need more mental stimulation than what being a flight attendant brings to the table. I crave personal growth and need to use my brain sometimes so I don’t feel like a total dumb dumb. Reading books and listening to motivating podcasts is one way tonourish your mind and help with self improvement. I’ve learnt I need to cultivate my creative side more often and get back in to writing. It’s good for my mind and for my soul.

5. Doggos are Life.

Look, along with the entire world population, I’ve always known this but since getting a fur baby of my own, this has never been more real. I’ve become the ultimate #dogmum and I’m not ashamed of it. (We’re not having human children after all). Nothing makes me happier than coming home to Bodhi. He lights up my life and has made me feel a whole new level of love. Dogs are such joyful, loyal and loving creatures that make you feel so bloody happy. You can never be sad or lonely or cold (they are the best cuddle buddies) when you have a doggo around. Fuck, I love my dog.

6. Exercise for health not aesthetics.

When you stop focusing on how your body looks and start focusing on how it feels, your whole relationship with exercise will change.

I lost weight this year (not heaps or anything but enough to be noticeable I guess) and I don’t really know when or how it happened. People would comment on how I was looking and ask me what I’d been doing, and in all honestly, I couldn’t give them a definitive answer. It wasn’t that I’d suddenly upped my fitness regime or starting counting my macros. If anything it was the opposite. I actually stopped obsessing over how I looked and what I ate. I stopped feeling guilty if I didn’t make it to the gym every day or ate too much chocolate. I just exercised when I had time and energy to do so. Now I exercise to feel good, to feel fit, to be healthy. I’ve relaxed my eating and allow myself to indulge when I’m craving something. No guilt attached. I listen to my body and respond to it by how I feel, not how I look.

7. Appreciate the little things.

My favourite moments are always the simple ones. The first taste of coffee in the morning. Lazy Sunday sleep ins with no alarms. Cuddles in bed with my boys. The feeling of soft white beach sand between my toes. The smell of the ocean. The blue hues of the sea. Sunsets. The way Bodhi wags his tail with his entire body when he is happy I am home. The first sip of wine after a long ass day. Sunshine. Scoring the beach to myself. A well earned holiday. Finishing a good book. These are the things that I love and appreciate the most.

8. Have an attitude of gratitude.

Gratitude will change your life. Seriously. (Oprah totes agrees btw). The more you express gratitude for the things you have, the more you will have to be grateful for. It’s so easy to loose sight of all of our blessings. We are always quicker to dwell on the negatives than we are to be thankful for all the positive things in our life. I for one, know I can complain too often (mostly about being away from home or being tired) but with a little perspective I realise life really isn’t that bad. I’m lucky enough to have a job that pays the bills and allows me to travel around Australia. I have food on the table, people who love me, a house to live in and an amazing partner. I’m surrounded by love and happiness and I’m truly so grateful to live so close to the coast. When you stop and really truly allow yourself to wholeheartedly feel gratitude, your whole world can transform. When you take notice of all the abundance in your life, the blessing will come pouring in.


Whether 2017 was a great year or not so much. Even if it had more downs than up, I hope the lessons learnt through it all made it all worthwhile. Every end marks a new beginning. Happy New Year. Have a happy, safe and blessed 2018.

Love Eloise x

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Happy New Year

 

Today is the first day of 2016. The first page of a brand new 365 page book. What story will you write? 

My intentions are set, goals scribed and I have started the year with a healthy, happy and genuinely positive mindset. I’m ready for everything this year has in store for me. 

At the beginning of 2015 I set myself a bunch of goals. At first I thought I achieved very little of them, but then I found this at the beginning of my gratitude journal 

  
It was then that I realised I actually had reached the milestones I had set out to. I may not have accomplished some of the bigger goals I wanted to – like travelling and writing full time but what I did achieve in 2015 was even more important. I learnt to love myself and happily spend time in my own company. It was the year I became comfortable in my skin, embraced who I am and completely stopped seeking approval from others. 

2015 was honestly the best and happiest year of my life. I met some amazing people who impacted me in different ways. Some were merely chapters, others were lessons and a special few have formed into relationships that will last a lifetime. This year has been a blessing. I am so grateful for all the beautiful moments and special memories that have come from the past 12 months. What makes me smile the most, is that I didn’t need to go on adventures, travel overseas or make big changes to have the best year of my life. It was learning to be in the moment and appreciate the small blessings in life that have left me with the most fulfilment. 

With that being said, in 2016 I will…

  • Continue to love myself wholeheartedly and only seek approval from myself.
  • Allow only positive energy and people in my life.  
  • Chase my dreams
  • Turn my love and passion for writing into a career
  • Write more
  • Read more books
  • Use social media less
  • Become the fittest, healthiest and leanest I have ever been.
  • Allow myself to fall in love
  • Budget better and save for future travels and experiences
  • Collect moments, not things
  • Take up yoga once a week
  • Exercise daily – minimum of 30 minutes of activity.
  • Wake up and do 50 squats every morning 
  • Express gratitude for all the blessings in my life.
  • Spend time harnessing my creativity and focusing on my passion.
  • Go on more adventures
  • Explore Perth
  • Worry less and live in the moment more.
  • Embrace change and step out of my comfort zone
  • Be myself and make myself proud.

I plan to reflect back on 2016 in the same way I have been able to on 2015. With positivity, love and light!

Happy new year!

Love Eloise xx
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    Master Your Mind

    Do you ever find yourself battling through a workout thinking ‘I just can’t do it’?

    Sometimes making it to the end of that run or group fitness class can seem impossible. You feel like there is no way you can go on. Your legs are too tired, your arms are fatigued, you’re out of breath and you have no energy left in the tank. That voice in your head speaking negatively is telling you that you can’t go on… and you believe it.

    It’s time to stop listening to that negativity. That voice is a liar. No more “I can’t” because, guess what, you CAN! Your body can stand almost anything, it is your mind you have to convince.

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    Fitness really is a mental journey. Your body won’t go where your mind doesn’t push it. The mind is a very powerful thing and once you learn to master it, you will be surprised by the things you can accomplish. With a strong mental focus and sheer determination you really can break through the barriers holding you back. What the mind believes, the body will achieve.

    Earlier this year I completed the HBF Run For A Reason and if there was ever a time I needed to master mind over matter, it was then. For someone who has never managed to run more than 3km without stopping before, I some how managed to complete the 12km run without a single break. There’s no denying that I wanted to stop many times, but with continuous words of encouragement, positive self talk and pure determination, I found the strength to push through the physical pain and mental roadblocks. I mind over mattered the shiz out of it!

    That experience certainly taught me a lot about mental focus and the power of the mind, which I have since been able to implement in the gym. I learned that by switching off to that little voice of self-doubt and focusing in on the task at hand, I have the power to succeed. I learned that even in a state of physical pain and exhaustion, it is possible to keep going.

    So, when those last few reps seem near impossible or when muscle fatigue is at an all time high, shift your train of thought. Eliminate the words ‘I can’t’ from your vocabulary and replace it with ‘I can’. With every rep, repeat it to yourself. Heck, shout it out loud! Believe that you CAN do it! Choose the language you use when speaking to yourself wisely. Stop with the self hate, the negative words and self-doubt. Start using the words ‘fit’, ‘healthy’, ‘strong’ and ‘I can’ – because if you believe it, you can achieve it!

    Love Eloise xx