Progression of me

from eighty four to now…

Isn’t it funny…

Isn't it funny...

Love this quote! It’s so true.

To look back over the past two years and see where I am today is exciting.  I’ve learnt so much and still learning each and every day! And for the record … being 30 is pretty darn awesome 🙂

I have some more changes to announce soon….so stay tuned!

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Crossing things off the “to do” list!

Yesterday was a great day!  It was a long day, but it was a day in which I went to bed feeling a sense of accomplishment and contentment.  I woke up early at 5:15am (and wasn’t feeling too bad surprisingly), dressed and headed to the gym.  I had decided this week to do GRIT on both Tuesday and Friday morning as this week it is highly unlikely I will be able to train in the evening at all.

GRIT, like last Friday, was release 7 which involved mostly upper body (clean and presses, shoulder press etc) and cardio – squats, burpees, push ups.  I was stoked to be able to do a few of the push ups on my toes – huge achievement for me!  They weren’t very deep but it’s a start!

Work yesterday was one of those days where you manage to cross a few things off the “to-do” list.  Love those days!  I hope today will be similar….

After work I headed off to a cooking class (one of my 30 things) which I was a bit nervous about, but ended up being a lot of fun!  I am looking forward to the second installment next week!  It’s a two-week course which gives you ideas to make meals which can be frozen so that you can have a quick meal if you’re low on time.  We also got a book with recipes, tips and hints and even variations on common meals.  I’ve learnt a few things already 🙂

When I got home yesterday I was pleased to find that my “sponsor pack” had arrived in the mail for the tiger I have adopted.  His name is Hunter.  He is gorgeous!  For more information on sponsoring an animal from Australia Zoo – check out this link!  If you’re not in Australia, I’m sure zoos all around the world have similar programs.  They are such a good idea 🙂

Here's a picture I put up on instagram last night :)

Here’s a picture I put up on instagram last night 🙂

By the time I had read through my pack and had a light dinner, it was almost 10:00pm.  So I read a little bit and then headed to bed.  I went to sleep feeling like I had achieved a lot and it was a great feeling to have.  It also got me thinking about maximising time during the week – days like yesterday are so worth the getting up early for!

It also got me thinking about a conversation I had with Coffee2Words yesterday.  I discussed getting up at the same time each day, no matter what I have on, and using those extra hours to get things done.  Maybe even scheduling in the same day each week to write my blog.  I’m sure I’ve touched on this before; but it’s something I struggle with.  I’ve gotten into a good routine with my exercise, I just need to do the same with other aspects of my life.  I think it will also help down the track when I am studying.  This weekend I plan to prepare in another way – organising a proper routine for myself.  Doing the same thing each week no matter when my shift at work is!

Do you have a routine?  Do you think that it works for you?

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Two Days In…

Firstly, I hope that you had a chance to check out the post I re-blogged earlier today from the amazing Better Man Project.  It was Monday Motivation at its finest!  If you didn’t, you can check out the video directly on YouTube here.

It’s people like Arthur, that are true inspirations!  They show us that anything is possible and if we believe in ourselves we can do whatever we set our minds too!  Even when people have told us that it is impossible!  

On a much smaller scale, I have had a number of people tell me that I am being too ambitious with my 30 Things Project.  I want to show these people I CAN do it!  I am happy to report that in just two days I have completed 3 things so far!  I have also managed to start my first book and watched one movie – I have started a page here listing the movies as I watch them.  Would anyone be interested in a short review/star rating on the movies?

It’s exciting to feel a sense of accomplishment and I am excited to start working on the scrapbook which will eventually be filled with the 30 Things!  I have never tried scrapbooking before, but am looking forward to doing something creative and I was lucky to find a scrapbooking kit which has everything I need to get started!

I had a lovely day on Saturday with friends and also spending some time on my own in the morning at the gym and the movies.  The perfect mix.  I am looking forward to a family barbecue this weekend 🙂

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A Fresh, New Chapter

In just under an hour the clock will tick over to midnight and it will be my 30th birthday.

Random fact alert – According to this calculator I am 10,957 days old!!!

Today was the final day in my 20’s and I was reminded of this by a number of text messages/voicemails from friends saying “Happy last day of your 20’s” or something to that effect!

As excited as I am about the 30 things I have been preparing for, I still cannot quite shake that slight anxiety I am currently feeling.  People keep telling me not to worry; and I’m trying – oh I’m trying – but it’s hard to just switch off completely.

Tomorrow I intend to get three of the 30 things completed which is exciting.  They are the letter, going to the movies on my own and I’m hoping to do a good deed for a stranger too.  I have spent this afternoon finalising my list of 30 books I am to read this year.  My list is on Goodreads – so if you would like to follow me and my progress on there let me know 🙂  I may even note the books and also the movies on this blog as I finish them…I’ll see how I go.  Either way – the final lists will go up one year from now.

So here’s to the next year.  To a new decade and a fresh new chapter in my life.  My twenties have seen many changes – I started my twenties on the other side of the world in England, to this day, one of the most important experiences of my life.

I had my first serious relationship at the age of 21, and I spent much of my twenties in Sydney.  I met many people – some who came and went, some who have remained in my life.  Every one of them has had a purpose.  I have travelled thousands of kilometres overland through Africa, and to many other countries (with many more to come!!), I’ve been on one hell of a weekend trip in Singapore for work, met my wonderful niece, seen my sister get married, watched friends become parents and most recently gained a new passion in health and  fitness.

When I look back it’s been a pretty bloody good ride the past 10 years, yes there have been some tough times too – but these have only made me stronger.  Over the past 10 years I have learnt many things about myself and the world around me and am continuing to learn every day.  I’ve been told that your 30’s are the best years of your life and I’m starting to believe those people could be right.  Every decision I have made in my twenties has led me to this moment now…and as I finally start to feel comfortable in my own skin and really know what it is I want to do with my life, I think, maybe I am ready to take that step.  Sometimes you just need a little push…and life, it would seem, is going to be that push!

So…stuff it!  Here we go!

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Friday fist pump!

So last week at work my colleague and I were the only ones in and we had some music playing.  We were being a bit silly, and when a Tiesto track came on we started Fist pumping along to the beat.  I joked and said it could be “Fistpump Friday!” which then got me thinking, how about I start a regular post on a Friday about something which has got me excited, or which has made me happy that I’d love to share with you all – a bit of a virtual Fist pump!

Then, over time, I would love share some of your “Friday fist pumps” so if there’s something you would like to tell the world about, that has left you super excited or left you feeling happy and wanting to fist pump PLEASE do let me know!  

I’ll start the Friday fist pump’s off with a bit of a small one – today is my last day of work for 10 days as I have taken some leave.  I am excited about getting to spend some time with friends, get away for a couple of days and have plenty of time to exercise too.  I will also be finalising a couple of things for my 30 things for 30.  Bring it on!

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30 Things For 30.

Reading over numerous blogs that I follow, I can see a common theme – that 2014 is all about DOING.  A friend of mine told me that on New Years Eve there was a New Moon and after having a look online I discovered that with the way the planets were aligned, the energy could make this either a make or break year!  By ensuring we channelled this energy correctly we could allow for a fresh start.  This seems very appropriate for a New Year and from what I can see, however we began the year, will continue on in 2014.

photo credit: google images

photo credit: google images

It is now only 2 weeks until I turn 30 and, if you know me in person or have read previous blog entries, you will know this has been a day I’ve been worried about for a while.  However, towards the end of last year, I was inspired by some friends to create a list.  A list of 30 things I plan to do when I turn 30.  At first the idea was simply that, an idea….

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