What sincere authenticity is to me – and why I am obsessed with it.

Sitting on the ground yesterday in the beautiful Perth sunshine, I got chatting to one of Morgan and I’s friends on the street who’s clothes we are honoured to wash weekly. For the purposes of her privacy I am going to call her Sarah.

Sarah and I were catching up on each other’s week and she told me that she had just started to read 50 shades of Grey, and I was interested to hear what book she was up to as I too had read the series I told her. We started snorting with hysteria though as I went on to explain…

“Isn’t it funny though how you totally need your man around when you read it as they are absolute turn on books (*note, Sarah is in a loving relationship). Except you have just read about how wild and hot and steamy Christian and Anastasia are and then when you go to do it you’re still just Starfish”.

Cue tears streaming down our faces kind of laughing because we both knew it was true.

The conversation continued on just talking about the normal things of life, kids, family, relationships, you know – the usual kind of conversation you’d have with anyone.

Mid shift I walked over to the toilets laughing quietly to myself again about our conversation about the 50 shades of Grey books, which made me think about the countless other times I have had that conversation with so many women since reading the book in 2012 – women in parliament, good girlfriends over a wine, strangers when I used to see them reading it in parks.

And walking back over to where our friends and Morgan were sitting that sunny afternoon, it dawned on me that THAT is sincere authenticity.

Not the fact that I can talk about sex or ‘risky’ books with anyone – that’s not the point. But the fact that no matter who I am with, no matter what I am doing, no matter where I am – I can just show up as who I am and say the same thing in front of a friend on the street or a member of parliament.

Now – do not get me wrong. I am acutely aware that some conversations aren’t appropriate in front of a Priest (for respect) or a 4-year-old (due to age appropriateness) or a Prime Minister (for, well, I suppose for respect although I personally think they’re just normal human beings) – so I am not talking about that. I know that sometimes, sure what we say or how we can act does have to differ slightly person to person – but there is a huge distinction between managing respect and being sincerely authentic.

Managing Respect comes down to just knowing what volume to be at I believe, but still always living in to who you authentically. And by volume, I don’t mean that literally.

I’ll give you an example.

Back when I worked in Federal Politics, I used to always have to go in to what I called ‘the big boy meetings’ – with Ministers of portfolio’s, or CEO’s of big corporations (i.e Alan Joyce), you were constantly also meeting ex Prime Ministers (my favourite one being the time I got to have a chat with the Hon John Howard) and current Prime Ministers (who at the time was Opposition Leader – Tony Abbott).

Now. If you know me well, (or not even well, if you just follow me on social media recently or over the years), you know that I am a pretty crazy, cheeky, fun human who has an affinity for the word fuck, being silly and champagne, unicorns (yes, even at the age of 28) and hot chips– just to name a tiny aspect of me.

So when I would go in to these ‘big boy meeting’s’ I would always manage my respect, BUT I would show up sincerely authentically as myself.

What does that look like?

It means knowing that in some moments, sure, the word fuck is not the best option so to not use it. It’s listening more than talking sometimes, it’s showing the more mature side of you whilst ALL the while being wildly authentic.

So what does wild authenticity look like in a situation like that (parliament) whilst managing respect.

It looked like dressing up as a love heart on valentine’s day and handing out chocolates to all the federal members – because who doesn’t want a chocolate from a love heart on valentine’s day.

It looked like never ever taking myself too seriously at any and all ‘party’ functions and almost creating the loudest most fun, hilarious group situation where we could actually let our hair down, laugh and all show up with our sillier sides.

It meant having a drink with all the serious Shadow Ministers at the end of the sitting week and starting a “peaks and pits” of their week – going around in a circle sharing what we could do better, and what we did well that week (and for grown men & women who run our country to look forward to that session we used to do in the chairman’s lounge all waiting to fly home – was such a fun thing for me).

It meant telling Alan Joyce to his face that although I loved his airline, if we didn’t get chocolates back on the Thursday flight home I’d start a revolt (tongue in cheek) and get us all to start flying Virgin instead. (side note: guess who had chocolates back on the flight home by that Thursday night….. me.

You see – you can be respectful when you need to be – all huge examples above – but you can still ALWAYS, ALWAYS show up sincerely as yourself.

We are moving in to a world where authenticity is the new currency.

We are seeking authenticity over perfection.

We are asking for everyone around us to throw down their masks – and bare their souls.

We are obsessed with compassionate acts and unconditional love (well I am) – which is birthed from humanity stepping away from who they were told to be and stepping in to who they were born to be – authentic powerful beings.

We are hungry for freedom – authentic, delicious freedom.

The universe is calling forth a rebellion of a new kind – and more and more are listening to the call, not being able to resist the pull to put down their masks, light their own fire and step more in to their sincerely authentic selves.

And it’s beautiful and inspiring and extraordinary to watch.

Sincere authenticity IS the black and its here to stay, so don’t be afraid to step in to your own true divine self more and more.

It’s speaking up when your soul says to.

It’s owning who you are in front of a priest, a member of parliament or a homeless person.

It’s saying what you mean and meaning what you say.

It’s being exactly the same person as to who you are in ‘real life’ as to the person who you are showing up as online (side note; I always feel like I shouldn’t even need to say this one, but in 2017 I still do think that reminder needs to be in there).

It’s taking off every single last mask you have been holding on to, throwing it in to the fire and burning them once and for all.

It’s owning the bad ass extrovert parts of you along with the graceful and introvert parts.

It’s having the balls to live your boldest, grandest, most TRUE life – and if that means being the quietest librarian the world has ever seen or the most impactful world leader the world has ever known – BEAUTIFUL – just make sure you are showing up exactly as you are every.damn.day.

My only wish for you today though, is that you start somewhere – and I suggest that somewhere is in the next instance you go to crack a joke but don’t because you think it’s not ‘cool’ or you don’t speak up on a topic you’re actually red-hot passionate about – you actually DO instead, because THAT is who you are.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to get to where you want to go; Tips on living the life you DESIRE

Oh gorgeous. Where do I even begin??
A mind shift happened to me over the weekend. A huge one and it came like no other shift has ever come before. It was exciting, calming, exhilarating, truly overwhelming.
The mind shift?
Pure and utter belief.
In goals. In knowing that anything a mind sets itself too, it can achieve. That we CAN be who we want to be, do what we want to do, have what we want to have.
Of course, I have felt that before. Totally.Utterly. BELIEVED it with my whole heart….but this was different. Like something unlocked, and it was a turning point in my life and there wouldn’t be any more doubt surrounding belief in goals and myself ever again.
It all started by being given the most extraordinary opportunity on the weekend to attend a conference with the company I do my nutritional cleansing through (if you haven’t read it yet, my review on it is here). I went excited, knowing I would walk away at the end of the 2 days with a mind full of confidence in product knowledge. Never did I imagine though I would have walked away with how much more than I did though.

Belief. Fear busting confidence. Support.Love.Next level motivation.New strengthened friendships.
The biggest take home for me though was 2 things.
First it came from a beautiful & inspiring friend Peta Kelly who got up and ROCKED the stage (did I mention she’s only 24). She spoke about your WHY. She left her heart & soul on that stage & it was HUGE turning point for me. In fact, my biggest take away quote from the whole event that resonated hardest for me was her own …..
“When your whys are bigger than your why not’s, you will succeed”
What IS your why? So you want a million dollars by the time you’re 30?? (let’s use my goal as the example) … but WHY?? You need to emotionally connect to that. So when you are tired, when you don’t see much light at the end of any tunnel, when you have doubts, overwhelming fear, can’t be bothered…whatever it is that is holding you back from getting one step closer … you just need to remember your WHY.
Me? I want a million dollars to retire my mum and support Morgans and my own family. My why is to buy my mum that cottage house on the big block with the wrap around verandah, big beautiful oak tree out the front and enough rooms for the grandkids and walked her to the front door hand her the keys and say…I love you, more than you’ll ever know, thank you for all that you’ve done our whole lives – this is yours. To gift her the life she has gifted me.
As I wrote that, I started crying. In fact, as I am still writing this, I have big tears streaming down my face. I’m THAT emotionally connected to my why. I’ve had my why since I was about 12. SO you can imagine how committed I can stay to my goals with an emotional connection like that.
The other huge take away I took which is so in tune with that came from Australian 5 time Olympian & gold medal winner Natalie Cook.
She shared her 5 P’s in life. HOW she got to compete for 20 years (5 Olympics) in the Olympics. HOW she won her Gold Medal for Australia (it just gives you shivers doesn’t it??)
In ALL that you do, in ALL that you want to achieve, in ALL that you set your mind to you have to have the following:
A Purpose
A Plan
The right People
Passion
Perseverance
A purpose so clear there isn’t a doubt in your mind, THIS is exactly where the emotional connection to your why comes back in. GET TO KNOW YOUR WHY GORGEOUS.
A set plan on how to then get there (remember my post onchunking your goals down? GREAT place to start).
The next step is filling your life with the right people – cut the shit from your life. Today is a better day than ever to do it. Has one of your ‘friends’ been holding your truth back because you’re worried they might not get the change you’re about to go through?? DELETE them from your life. A friend, true friends, inspire, uplift, support, encourage, cheerlead the shit out of your empowering decisions. Any one who isn’t doing that isn’t worth your energy. (note; I get a lot of emails from girls asking for advice on being more positive, living happier lives, achieving goals….THIS IS ONE OF MY BIGGEST HINTS THAT I JUST SHARED)
You have to have PASSION. For life. I always say it. Life is a gift. A big, beautiful, vivid, overwhelming gift. HONOUR THAT!!! Have passion because of it. You’re here, you have gifts, you can share them, you can inspire, be inspired, follow goals and be happy – let that passion be set on FIRE.
And most importantly, with all of it. Have perseverance. No matter what. Keep going. And going and going. And going. And just when you want to give up or you feel your disconnecting from your why, dig deeper and KEEP GOING. As Natalie Cook said “courage is your willingness to fail over and over and over again without ever giving up”. 
When you have those moments of doubt though. Of fear so debilitating it holds you back. When you watch what you’re saying because you’re scared of what people might think. When you’re sad. When  you feel like there’s no point. When you just can’t be bothered. It means ONE OF YOUR P’s IS OUT OF BALANCE…go back, re address, re align and get back on your souls purpose track. 
You see beautiful. YOU CAN DO THIS. With the right purpose, with the deep deep connection to your why.
YOU CAN DO THIS. With the right plan that fits you. Your purpose, your goals, gifts. Make it soulfully yours. Don’t plan to society norms or what you think you should be doing it. Set the plan with your whole gut and believe in it like nothing else.
YOU CAN DO THIS. With the right people. Cut the shit from your life. Fill it with real friends, soul friends, true friends, like I always say – grow that tribe, that big beautiful, overwhelmingly supportive tribe.
YOU CAN DO THIS.With Passion. Passion set on fire. Kick it up a notch gorgeous. LOVE what you do, and if you don’t love it, change it!!!  A day not doing something you love with someone you love is a day wasted.
YOU CAN DO THIS. With Perseverance. Don’t ever, ever, ever give up. The difference between you and somebody else who WILL succeed is they won’t give up when it gets a little tough. They’ll keep going. No matter what. And you will too.
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The challenge? I really want you to share your why. WHY do you want what you do? WHY are you going after your goals? It can be anything. It could even be “because I finally want to after all these years start taking care of me” OR… “ because I need to look hot” WHATEVER it is, let’s get to your why…the sooner you connect to it, the sooner you can start on your own path to success.
I can’t WAIT to hear from you in the comments below xx
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Straight from the heart; How do you want to see your life at the end of it all?



There I was, justtt starting to go in to the amazingly deep, peaceful place I go when lying in savasnah after my weekly yoga class, when something came in to my mind so bright and bursting with vivid colour I knew I had to pay attention.

It was me. Sitting there literally watching my life flash before my eyes. The key moments that had contributed so deeply and richly to my time on earth.

I was frozen. In savasnah. I literally felt like I couldn’t move, like something was pushing down on me and I was wrapped in so much heat and love.

I couldn’t look away. Iwas seeing me in my minds eye and I was just so happy. So fulfilled.

And I lay in that moment and allowed it all to wash over me.

I know where it had come from too – days before, I had woken at my normal 5am time and was SO full of amazing energy I had to share it (my cleanse and detox I’m currently on is to thank for that), and this is what came out (shared on Instagram and my facebook)

“I woke up this morning with so much love & gratitude I could burst. This is life. This is real life. We have a life to live Exactly how we Desire it to be. I need you to know the power of that. You don’t know when your time is up, you truly don’t. Are you driving to work wishing you didn’t have to go?? Stuck in an unhappy relationship? Are you unhappy with the person who stares back at you in the mirror? WHY?? You are totally in control of your life. Every second of it. What are you doing to bring as much love, joy & fulfilment in to your days? We have time, plenty of it – 24 hours a day to do one thing that scares us, makes us laugh, fulfils us, to smile at a stranger, laugh with our loved ones, cuddle the shit out of our favourite people or pick a new goal or dream to chase. Our time on this earth is sacred – use it wisely. I want to be screaming & laughing, tearing up & clapping wildly when it’s my life that has flashed before my eyes & I wish the same for you”

Days later when I had allowed my mind and body to rest I literally envisioned this exact moment – and you know, it was so emotional. My saw before me that my life had been lived exactly how I wanted it. I had loved, sohard. I had left everything on the table. I had given, travelled, laughed….the feeling envisioning this was unexplainable.
There was I, sitting watching my life crying and laughing and hooting and throwing popcorn at the scream clapping wildly.

And something clicked. Harder than it ever had before.

I had an uh-huh moment.

Instead of giving you direct advice today I felt it so strongly on my heart to instead just share my own uh huh moment so you can hopefully take something from it.

So here goes.
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This is my life and I am in total control of how it can be lived. Im here. In these moments. Every day I wake up. Living. Alive. Breathing. Gifted day after day after day with more time.Time to connect to our source of love and fulfilment. Time to fill our days with things and people we love. Time to be in a moment so great and so full of love it doesn’t feel real. And I don’t ever want to get in the way of that. I don’t ever want to let the insecure me or the self doubting me or the un sure me or the fear me get in the way of the Real me. The me who believes in herself. Who wants to live every.single.day as if it really truly is my last ever day on earth. The me who gets to live life exactly as I hope, wish and desire it to be. And sure, they’ll be losses, disappointment, let downs, anxiety, complete uncertainity and deep deep moments of sadness– and I’ll surrender to those moments, honour those moments, mourn the moments – but know in my heart that I’m still here. Living.Alive. Breathing – and that is the greatest gift imaginable.

At the end of this life as I watch back over my life and take in the moments, the love, the travel, the laughs, the giving, the tears of the joy and sadness…I want to be so filled with love, so filled with joy, so filled with emotion knowing that I had lived those moments, lived my life by my own design, and know that I took control of that and had given ME those moments. I truly honestly want to be proud of the life I lived, emotional at the life I lived and be crying and laughing and hooting and hollering so loud remembering all of the moments I shared.

And giving me all of that starts NOW.

I want to help. To serve, to uplift, to inspire, to laugh, to love – I want to live. As though heaven is on earth and if I died today those who I loved knew it with all their soul and I had lived each and every day doing exactly what I desired with a heart full of love and a belly full of gratitude.

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Your turn gorgeous; What is the one thing you could do today that would help you feel loved, happy, accomplished, excited? Share it with me below so you feel more accountable to go DO THAT THING 
xx

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4 Health tips to kick start your day

After sharing my own wellness story with you this week I thought it would be helpful to give you some guidance on little things you can do daily, “swaps” if you will that should hopefully assist you in making those little changes slowly that become daily life habits. 
I am certainly no saint when it comes to my own health either – I am potentially the most naughty healthiest person you might ever meet. Along with my healthy diet, smoothies, vitamins, yoga & exercise I still consume chocolate (not the organic chocolate either, I’m talking bad ass delicious cadbury marvellous creation style), drink a lot of wine and won’t say no to ice cream or a morning off exercise if my body is calling for it. 
That’s just my point though – don’t aim to be perfect, just find your own perfect balance. 

Health is a journey, your journey, and a journey you’ll be on for the rest of your life. It’s not a fad or something you can pick and choose to be interested in as you go along. It’s serious, real life shit. Without our health we really have nothing. No-thing. 
With all of this being said, it’s important to find what works for you to be interested in fueling your body and mind in ways that you’ll stay interested and motivated with it. Find your balance and your fun with it all. 
To help inspire a few little changes you can make today, without breaking any banks (I know some healthy options can be a tad more expensive than the less healthy options) I give you …
Anna’s 4 tips to implement daily to live a healthier life 
1. Start putting slices of Lemon in your water (p.s on that note, I hope you’re drinking at least 2L of water a day). 
The why: It helps Boosts your immune system (high in Vitamin C so great at fighting colds), Aids digestion (the lemon helps flush unwanted material from the body), Balances Ph (helps alkalize the body), helps with weight lose (lemons are high in pectin fiber which help you fight hunger cravings), Clears Skin (the vitamin C in it helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes whilst also purging toxins from the blood which keep your skin clean) and keeps you zen (Vitamin C is what is missing when you’re stressed so drinking it in your water will keep it stocked up in your body). 

2. Swap sugar in your tea with organic honey 
The why: Because anything better than 2,3 or 4+ teaspoons of sugar a day already puts you way ahead. The other bonuses are that natural honey contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5000 enzymes, which all help you keep healthy by boosting your immune system, fight disease and fight off colds. P.s it also helps you fight fatigue as organic honey is armed with carbohydrates that give you energy! This was part of when I was up’ing my wellness journey. I was having 3-4 coffees still a day with a teaspoon of sugar in each! Ca-ra-zy so on top of reducing coffee intake I swapped out my sugars with a small teaspoon of organic honey. 

3. Swap your commercial body moisturiser for organic Coconut Oil

The why: Apart from the fact that coconut oil kicks serious ass in every box – it is also awesome for your skin. Slather it all over your body for truly replenished, chemical free moisture. It can be used on all skin types (sorry guys/girls with conditions, not sure on that but good on the dry, normal, oily skin types) and gives you a beautiful shine. It is also known to delay wrinkles and sagging of skin and treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. I shudder thinking about what goes in to the commercial skin care products these days but the fact that your skin is still dry after you use it is never a good sign. You can pick up any good organic coconut oil from your local health food store (they range between $10 – $20 bux). Its great for your hair & for cooking too! HUGE Win/Win
4. Watch your words, we are what we say 

The why: Ok so this isn’t something for your body but it’s just as important if not more. One of the fastest ways to make a situation seem worse than it is, turn a positive in to a negative or start your day off on a bad foot is the choice of words you use. I am just challenging you to start small though with this; When somebody asks you how your day is, don’t say “not bad” “yeah ok” “boring” or anything that can be perceived as negative. Here me out. The universe is listening, always, so when you say “not bad” which we know means it’s been a good day, what the universe hears is still 2 negative words “not” and “bad”. Cut it out right now. Change your vocabularly. I LOVE it when people ask me how my day is as they always laugh at my response (because it’s so unusual to hear something different than good, ok, not bad); I use words like “wonderful”, “fantastic”, “amazing”, “extraordinary”, “fabulously good” – I put out to the universe that my day is GREAT (note: even if I don’t always mean it, it helps me smile and think hey things could be worse). I challenge you to just start using better words when someone asks how your day is and strike bad, not good and ok from your vocabulary. 
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I suppose the biggest thing to take away with anything health related (& the same goes for life actually) is take what resonates, what’s do-able and what will affect change & leave the rest. This is just a guide, for you from me with a lot of love. I’d love to hear in the comments below if you have any other little health tips that others (especially me!) might benefit hearing about.
Images: here, here. here, here and here

Love letter to yourself

I did something on Monday that I pretty much never do in my working career – I took a sick day. Sure, I was actually sick, in fact I had been so violently ill I could barely get out of bed to get myself to the bucket Morgs had lovingly left by the bed, but normally, I’d still try to power on. I would, almost selfishly, pull myself together, and go to work. 

But I didn’t this time. I did something a little different. I took care of myself.

Nurtured my sick body with water and sleep and gave it a much needed break. I felt guilty though, not going in to work. Or worse still, felt guilty that I ended up having this extra day and couldn’t even get some other little things done – emails namely. 

Then I stopped, and realised exactly how crazy this guilt was. I am allowed to have days like this, weeks even. I should be proud that I listened to my body and gave it exactly what it needed. Then I also realised this; that I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like this, that we all carry this guilt when an email isn’t sent or you spend a night relaxing on the couch instead of doing something on your growing to do list.

We are living in a day and age where if we’re not doing something or going constantly then we feel like we’re not achieving something, or reaching our successes or worst…. thinking or feeling like we’re not enough

And this is where this letter came from. Bookmark it, print it out, read it and re read it – It’s a love letter to you, from your body & soul. 

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Dear (insert your name here)
Stop. Please. Just for a minute, and know this. 
You are enough. 
Totally, completely and utterly …enough. 
I know I don’t allow you to think it often enough, but you really are. With your beautiful unique power about you that nobody else on this world has, and your incredible flair, you are enough, just as you are. Even with your perceived faults, remember, they just make you more beautiful, more you
I noticed you have been pushing yourself really hard recently, – trying to fit more in, get less sleep, do more and be more, but stop stressing, it’s just so unnecessary  Our body needs sleep to feel good, to give us our all, and I need you to be showing up 100% everyday. Please remember that you can’t do that, show up, give your all and live your best when you’re letting busy and tired get the better of you.
Slow down. 
Just relax a little more. Stress less.

When was the last time you took some time out for you? I mean it.

I’m talking about one of those days where you got to just be. No technology, no guilt about the emails you haven’t sent, or the posts that you haven’t written, that uni assignment you haven’t started, the 5kms you haven’t run or that catch up you were pushing yourself to get to. Where you got to just fill it with your favourite things. I think it’s time we had one of those days at least once a month.

I want you to; 
Stop with the guilt. You know you’ll get to it when you need to. 
Stop with the doubt. You know you’re powerful beyond means. 
Stop with the worrying. You know that it will pass, it always does and you’ll get through it. Everytime.
Stop with the rushing. You know that life is more precious than fleeting moments of joy experienced only occasionally. 
I want you to remember that your boss, your emails and you’re 9-5 work aren’t who or what will look after you when you’re sick. It’s your loved ones and yourself who do- so let’s start with a little more self care and nourishment with the relationships you value beautiful you.
Let’s start doing a little less, and being a little more.
I want you to know, that whatever we have going on, we will always get it done in time no matter what – and even if we don’t, it doesn’t mean it is the end of the world. The sun will rise tomorrow, and life goes on. It always done. That’s why we love being here so much. 
Nourish me. With some positive words for our mind, a kind deed for a stranger for our soul and some healthy food for our body. 
Tomorrow when the sun rises I want you to smile a little more, not stress over that un sent email or few extra things chucked on your to do list and believe that just because you might not get to achieve a dream today, we’ve still got them, brewing away, waiting to be achieved.

We’ll get there, maybe not today, or tomorrow, or even next month, but we will get there. 

But most of all, I hope you remember this; that you’re enough.
With love from our soul,
Love (insert your name here)

My Happiness List

Welcome to the first post on what will be a fairly regular new thang in this space from now on. My Happiness List, which is going to be a juicy list of just that … things that are, well, that are making me happy.
Truthfully most things that are now in my life attribute to my happiness. I literally get excited over my favourite song coming on the radio, or the sky putting on a saucy show with beautiful cloud formations. When I wrote at the start of the week on how to get clearer on your priorities it wasn’t just to share some advice, it is something I truly honour in my own life which means that with my life, I get to fill it with everything that I want to be in it thus the enthusiasm and emotions that come with that.
With all of this in mind, we’ll kick this first of many posts off by sharing what’s keeping me grateful and soul defyingly excited about life + share what I am making time for to keep my health & happiness in check.
Perfect morning at the beach
In my opinion, Perth is already perfect on a bad day, but throw in some of it’s bangin’ weather, clear blue skies and one of it’s beautiful beaches and you have yourself one hell of a perfect morning. Oh, and not to mention my handsome fiance’! We were up early on Sunday to hit one of our favourite cafe’s ‘The Pickled Fig’ in South beach before spending a leisurely morning together swimming and relaxing on the sand. It was heaven all wrapped up in to one sunny morning. 





Wedding plans + Pinning up a storm
I have actually been a bit of a naughty bride to be and not given much attention to wedding planning at all. I have been way more concerned with loving being a fiance’ and Morgs & I both said we would focus on the wedding once the engagement party was out of the way – which is going to be one massive party! We are well on our way with Engagement party planning so I took the liberty this week to start pinning some more pretty inspiration on my ‘Wedding Board’ and it has kept me excited about being a bride to be all week!
Picking our wedding party 
Yup. You read it right. Morgs & I sat down and decided on who best to be our go to guys and girls on one helluva important day. I cried, he laughed, I got emotional some more, and then we looked at each other with the BIGGEST smiles knowing full well these were the people we didn’t just want, but needed to be next to us on our big day. (it still has me get all emotional even typing now!)

Breakfast Dates + Soul Friends

I have so many treasured souls in my life who I count as blessings almost daily, and one of those souls & I love to catch up for breakfast every couple of weeks to try out places in Perth we’ve never been before and share what’s new and exciting in our lives. There is not a time that I walk away from breakfast with her that I don’t feel inspired, uplifted, loved and full of beautiful energy and I was lucky enough to see her on the weekend just gone by. Soul friends are just a different kind of friend (the term soul friend came from another one of mine who is a regular reader of this blog!) & always inspire me to do better and feel better.

Staying Organised this year with Kiki.K

I think it’s safe to say your mum knows you oh so well when your first Christmas present is a 2013 diary, but not just any diary, a Kiki.K diary! Not only that she took out the best present that year I was that smitten (not sure if that’s a sad or embarrassing thing? -HA!) I do love a good organised life / desk / everything though and I have found reverting back to the ‘old way’ of keeping everything in a paper diary vs. my phone has helped me stay on top of appointments and life SO much easier. 

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Over to you though – I want to hear what is on your own happiness list this week. Maybe you haven’t even had a chance to think of what you’re most grateful for until today so I’d love it if you shared with us all below and we can start a collective growing list of things that make us H to the appy!

Love, excitement & tonnes of light,

Anna xx

3 ways To find better Priorities

Oh why hel-lo February so nice to see you..although, what have you done with January? I swear I left it around here somewhere. 
Does everybody else fee like January has whizzed by leaving us all a little overwhelmed about resolutions that are yet to be given a second glance and things we haven’t yet gotten around to? Me too, don’t worry, but here’s the thing though. This is just how life is. I’m 25 this year and one thing is becoming incredibly clear to me. No matter what, there is always going to seem like we haven’t got enough hours in the day, days in our week and months in our year, and I am learning s.l.o.w.l.e.y to be totally ok with that. One of my biggest intentions this year was to not say the words “I don’t have enough time” or “I’m so busy”, because really, if something is that important to me I always miraculously have the time to get it done. I am also well aware that I am not the only busy one, life is busy for everybody these days.
What I am finding more and more is that it’s not about time, it’s about your priorities. Plain and simple. It’s not about not having enough time, or being so busy you can’t keep up with your own life, it’s about prioritising correctly, working out what is actually important to you, what nurtures you, and dividing your time and energy around that. This year my priorities were loud & clear – my health and my happiness, so I make time for that. I make time to put good, clean food in to my mouth and chemical free lotions on my body. I make time to get out in the sun even for 10 minutes a day for some of that good ole’ vitamin D – direct from the sun. I make time to read positive books and quotes to nuture my mind and I make time for family and friends who lift and inspire. 
If you want to get a little clearer on your own priorities and find some more time in your life then here are just a few helpful suggestions to get you on your way.
1. Get clear on what exactly is important to you
Is your health your most important goal this year? Or maybe it was to spend more time outside instead of inside your office, then your home once you get home. Is it doing more things that challenge you? Push you out of your comfort zone? Maybe you felt this was the year that you were going to invest more in to the uplifting and good relationships you’ve managed to attract and slowly rid your life of the toxic relationships still hanging on. Whatever that is important to you, grab a piece of paper & write those suckers down. For a quick snapshot at mine it would look like this:
1. My health. Looking after my mind, body & soul, walking the walk with it not just saying that I will.
2. Growing my tribe of strong, supporting, beautiful & inspiring women in my life.
3. Investing energy in to my relationship with Morgs. Being totally and fully present in every moment we hang together not half in it whilst checking emails, twitter and facebook.
4. Save money wisely to travel more and not spend it on unnecessary purchases. 
Until you work out what it is exactly that is most important to you there is no way to divide your time and focus your attention correctly. Work this out and the rest gets easier, promise. 

2. Work out what is wasting your time currently & rid it from your life


It sounds a little crazy but you don’t know how beneficial this task is until you do it. Working out what is wasting your time and taking you away from priorities that will improve your life & happiness is as beneficial to working out what is most important to you. Why? Because frankly, you have GOT to start cutting the shit from your life. I did my own little list at the end of last year and looked at what I didn’t want to carry over in to 2013 and I knew, before I even wrote down what was wasting my time that majority of it was WAY too much time on social media and getting to work way earlier than I had to. We have got to spend less time connected to facebook, instagram, twitter, youtube and the likes and more time connected – to friends, our loved ones, nature and positive life force. 
Are you spending way too many hours a day mindlessly scrolling through Facebook & Twitter? Or maybe, you are saying yes WAY too often to events or people that you don’t even value in your life. Another big time waster is TV watching. I know (oh do I know) how nice it is to just sit and veg out on the couch after a hard day at work & watch your favourite show (modern family is my weakness) BUT could that 30 minutes+ be better spent reading a book you have wanted to start forever or sending those personal emails you never get time to send during the day? My guess is yes. 
Once you have your list of time wasting activities or people you have to start taking immediate action on cutting it down or out in your life. It is the biggest breathe of fresh air when you realise just how much more you can achieve on things that you love than things that you were just doing to fill time. 
3. Practice saying NO more 
I have to say, I need to listen to my own advice on this one but I am 100% better than I was a couple of years ago. There is absolutely nothing wrong with saying No. In fact, I now believe, and I really believe, that by saying No to things when you really don’t want to go, or catch up or whatever else is in fact the best thing you can do. We should always be showing up for ourselves in all aspects of our life 100% and so by being authentic with your Yes’s means that what you are choosing to show up to or attend or be in the moment with, you are saying yes because you want too not because you have too. These two little letters could potentially save you majority of your time to invest more wisely in your self, and the priorities that honour you and your life. 
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3 simple steps but 3 simple things that I practice in my life almost daily to ensure I am always sticking to what’s important to me and choosing things that I WANT to be spending my time. I truly think the best way to honour your life is to fill with things that bring you joy and any other feelings that wake your soul up. 
We DO have the time, we just have to spend it more wisely.
Your Turn though honey’s. 
Have you found a way to use your time better that you already implement in your life to do more of the things you love? I’d love to hear about them as I am sure would everybody else so get sharing in the comments below xx

Finding your morning routine

There I was. 
It was just an ordinary day. In fact, it started like every other. 
Off I went on my 5:30am walk, smiling away like a crazy person yelling Good Morning (!!) to every person we (Morgs is my exercise partner in crime of course) came across, followed closely by me energetically entering my work place excited and smiling as always about the day that I had ahead of me, when it came. The question I am getting asked more regularly than not recently.
“Howwww are you soooo happy in the morning? I want to start my day as well as you”
My answer came back without me even thinking and it wasn’t an answer at all, it was simply this question….
“Well, what’s your morning routine?”
I advocate and believe from the bottom of my soul that starting the day off on a wonderful foot sets me up for the rest of the day. I can smile, laugh, and be ok with bad traffic, my bosses bad moods or shitty work loads because I made time for me that morning and I know my body, mind and spirit is nourished enough to not get caught up in the unnecessary stresses. 
So what IS exactly my morning routine? 
5:20am – Wake up to a new favourite song I’ve picked for that week instead of a crappy, soul draining alarm. How? I just choose whatever song I’m loving that week from my music library. You can do this through your iphone alarm clock, click on ‘Sound’ when you are editing your alarm and you can go in to your library of songs! Smile number 1 accomplished.
5:30am – Go for a walk (between 4km – 7km) around our local area with Morgs and stop for a take away coffee at our favourite cafe (antz in your pantz) on the way home. Smile number 2, 3, 4 & sometimes 5 accomplished. And generally some belly laughs too. 
7:00am – Put on our music to get ready to & have my breakfast, which is always a big healthy green smoothie. Smile number 6, and sometimes 7 if a song I really love comes on.
7:10am – Of course this is done as I am listening to my music and drinking my green smoothie (I still love a good multi task after all) but it is one of my most important beauty routines I do, period! … Dry Brush my whole body. Read about what this is all about here & then smother it in Organic coconut oil (instead of chemical filled moisturizer).
7:45am – I am always ready and I escape to my lady cave (Morgs has generally almost always left by now) where I sit for 20 minutes right before I have to leave for work & gratitude journal.  I do this right before I leave for the reason that by the time I get in the car, I am so brimming with gratitude and joy how could I not start my day excited and happy. I am SO hyper aware whilst driving as well from seeing all the things around me at just how much else I am grateful for that I didn’t put in my book.
Of course, on my drive to work as well, I have the music a’going so by the time I am at my work, (or wherever I have to be after my morning routine) I am happy, excited and bringing everything I’ve got. 
I am well aware there are souls reading this as well going, hang on a minute though Anna, I am NOT a morning person and that’s totally ok, I have some good news for you. You can be. The amazing, almost overwhelmingly exciting news is that it takes 30 days to make or break a habit. JUST 30 days.Which means beautiful, that if you hate getting up any earlier than you have to each morning, even getting up 10 minutes earlier every day to do just ONE thing for yourself will create the new habit within a month. 
Are you ready for the challenge now?
I challenge you to just pick one thing that you love, just one thing initially so it’s not overwhelming you give up after a week and do it every single morning before work. It doesn’t need to take up your whole morning either, in fact, I encourage you to start at something that will just be 5-10 minutes. That might mean instead of turning the news on (which let’s face it is sad news at best), you play your favourite songs…loudly. It might mean that you have been wanting to shift a kg or two so you get up and do 10 minutes of lunges and squats. It could even mean you get up 10 minutes earlier so you can read some positive quotes and start your day off with your mind in a positive place.
Whatever it is though, let it be your thing
Once you have your new habit with getting up a little earlier to incorporate you time in to your morning you might find you can get up another 10 minutes earlier again to do it for longer, or find a new nourishing activity. 
Ready to wake up earlier tomorrow and start your own morning routine yet? I hope so. The most important thing to remember with something like this is to not be hard on yourself. If one morning you wake up and simply can’t get up, don’t beat yourself up, maybe your body is just trying to say sleep & recover a little longer that day. The amazing thing to remember is you always have a new opportunity the very next day to start again. 
I’d love to hear what you are going to try to start doing each morning for you though, so drop me a line in the comments below sharing what you are going to try to start doing. I would love to help keep you accountable too, so flick me an email at lifesshinyprettythings@gmail.com with a header “Morning Routine” and what you’re planning on doing & I’ll email you in a week or so to check in on you!
With love & light,
Anna xx
Photos found here, & here.