Wayward Ramble

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Ok, I’ll admit it; I’ve been lazy. For months I’ve been saying I wanted to add a column to the website that recapped each month, but I’ve been reluctant to dive in. My goal is to have a dedicated section to the site that details some of my more personal opinions, recommendations and random things that pop into my head. I’m desperate to interact with all my wonderful wayward peeps a little more, so here’s my first attempt at it. I’m going to issue a warning that it might feel more like a giant ramble at times, but stick with me!

New Years Resolutions & The Battle against Stress eating

I’ll kick things off with a New Year’s resolution that my colleagues and I have been doggedly trying to stick with over the past five months. We didn’t co-ordinate this particular resolution whatsoever, but as it happens we’ve all coincidentally decided to kick our butts into shape with a major diet. Ok, not major, but we’re on a mission to cut the junk food. Big time. Ok, not big time but… you get the picture. Anyway, given that we all came to a conclusion that a dietary cleanse was in order, we’ve formed a pact to keep each other in check.

So far, it’s actually been really fun as we’ve given each other free reign to yell abuse at whoever is guilty of breaking our little pact. It’s made for some pretty hilarious moments around the office but most importantly it’s actually brought us all closer together. We’ve actually formed a really tight bond since agreeing to take on the challenge. It’s been amazing and our comradery has definitely helped to reduce stress levels at work.

Good cop bad cop: The tale of two bosses

I’ve been juggling a tricky situation at work for some time now in regards to my two superiors and this month I finally decided to do something about it. I have two bosses at work I am supposed to report to. The problem is, they are both polar opposite personalities and I really struggle to adjust to differences in their management style, especially when they aren’t in a good mood. They are quite literally the quintessential good cop bad cop routine.

For the most part, I get along with both, but one boss in particular I find so much easier to work with. In fact, she’s really great; leading by example, issuing praise and support when I need it, and when things go wrong she’s firm but fair. That’s the sort of boss I can work with! Boss number 2 isn’t quite as easy going. Actually, that’s an understatement, most of the time she’s as grumpy as the head mistress from Matilda. If she ever bothers to praise me in between her snide remarks, it’s in the form of a backhanded compliment. She even criticised me for taking leave when I’d cleared it through all the right channels months before. That one took the biscuit, especially since I her comment didn’t quite sink in until after she’d left the room. You know those frustrating moments when somebody says something rude, but you didn’t quite process until their too far gone to respond? Yeah, she got me very riled up that time!

Anyway, last month I was informed by my boss number one that I will only be reporting to her from now on. It’s even getting changed on my job description. Good for me, right? Yep, Hallelujah!

Thanksgiving

Reflecting on the year so far, I’m really thankful for the friends I’ve made along the way, and I’m super proud in the way I’ve put myself out there to meet new people. Seriously, I’ve been inspired and motivated by so many of my friends recently, and even just catching up with them over coffee or attending parties has got me through some sensitive times. I cannot wait to see what this year brings for me and my already awesome friends!

2016 has been a rollercoaster of up and downs so far, but overall I’m pleased with the way things have worked out. Sure, works been a drag at times but my new healthy eating plan has been going well and my social life couldn’t be better. I’m definitely feeling positive, and now that my situation at work has mellowed a little since the boss predicament has sorted itself out its onward and upward for Wayward Professional.

Writers block is a pain, and I’ve been disappointed that I haven’t been able to write more content but honestly I don’t want to write garbage.

I’m thinking of you guys here! Here’s to getting my mojo back.xx

Zoe

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10 things you can do on a gloomy day

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Is the weather crap? Are you being restricted by grey clouds and rain? Not to worry I wrote a list on what you can do on a gloomy day, these recommendations will make you forget what the weather doing and put a big smile on your face.

  1. Catch up on your writing/reading: you may not have a blog, but that doesn’t mean you cannot write in a journal or even make a list. Maybe you could write down your travel goals, where would you like to go on your next holiday? Do you want to take a paper at university this year? I like to write anything that comes into my head, you never know what brilliance might pour out!
  2. Pamper yourself: Do your nails need attention? Girl get down to business and treat yourself like a goddess! Boys you can do this to, maybe have a nice bath while reading your favourite magazine or as my boyfriend likes to do watch youtube videos.
  3. Organise something: be productive and sort out an area that has been bugging you. It doesn’t have to be a large space, maybe your side table or setting up your DVD’s in alphabetical order? Chuck on some music, light a candle and sing your heart our to your favourite tunes while you do this; you will be so satisfied once you have completed it.
  4. Go for a walk: come on! what is not to love about walking in the rain? grab you boots and umbrella, plug in your head phones and go out into the world! I like to walk to my local shops get a Starbucks and go for a walk around our common. Yep, I am only out for 30mins but I feel refreshed and relaxed once I get back in.
  5.  Have a friend over for a movie marathon: having an urge to watch all the classic star wars movies back to back? or do you want to start watching a Tv series that you heard about? Get your pal over, cook some snack and settle down for some Tv madness. I always like to do this late afternoon into the evening so it doesn’t feel like you have wasted the whole day away.
  6. Do online research: this could be anything from looking at gifts for friends or trying to find a dupe on a product that you really want. Scroll through those wishlists on ASOS and Amazon
  7. Try out at home yoga or meditation: Download some apps and give your body and soul some treatment, there are fabulous apps out there that can guide you step by step, trust me if you combine this with idea 2 you will have an amazing relaxed day.
  8. Visit a museum or art gallery: I fully believe these places should be visited on rainy days, not the mall! Museums are always beautifully lit and you get to experience history and culture in such an amazing environment.
  9. Go to a new restaurant or cafe: Been dying to try out that place around the corner but never seem to have a moment to go? Meet up with a friend, take a loved one or just go on your own and enjoy the surroundings. Maybe you could write a review on yelp?
  10. Create/Bake: Make a cake, or even try out a few new recipes that have been on the to try list. I like to go through a few blogs and food sites, then head down to the supermarket for any extra supply’s and lead the master chef soar.

Well I hope this list has inspired you to make the most of a gloomy day, if you like this sort of post check out my post on what to do when you are not feeling your fabulous self .

Much Love and Magic,

Zoe

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Time for a little reflection

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Photo by: Juskteez Vu

I will be honest these last few weeks have been quite all over the show, with moving back home to save more money before I leave, I feel that my blogging has taken a hit. But what I do is that these hurdles are a fact of life, I know many people who start out with goals (such as fitness, nutrition & job advancement) only to be put off or discouraged because of the hurdles they have it.

What I am saying is that don’t be discouraged, life is just testing your resilience to ever changing variables.  For me it is the ever constant battle of acheiving what I want out of my blog posts, some days I seem to have enough time and the ideas and inspirations spill out on the page. Then BAM all of a sudden I struggle to work through my post, even though I had the idea awhile back the motivation has basically evaporated…So instead of writing my normal business related post, I decided to switch it up a bit and write a more personal post to you my readers.

Reflection is a healthy way to slow down, stop and asses. I really do credit this method, it has saved me many times from rushing into something, whether is be a response back to a client or dealing with an unpleasent situation that work colleagues have created.  I believe that this method has helped me be a more approachable person in the workforce and in everyday life.

So when you are feeling flustered or frustrated, take a little time and write about what you are struggling with. Then if the inspiration hits, you could even write how you are going to solves it?! Who knows?!

Zoe

#RadicalSelfLoveJuly

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Happy July Everyone!

I am so excited this month because there are few things happening, 1) I finally got to go on my trip to Cairns! I was going to write a blog post about my experience but I was having too much of a good time; so there will be a review to follow I promise! 2) I have been doing Gala Darling’s Radical Self Love July Instagram Challenge, this is so much fun and I love seeing peoples creative ways 🙂 3) my friend Sara at BusinessBF is finally going to be in Auckland (YAY) so now we can hangout a bit more soooooo excited….can’t you tell?

So for your viewing pleasure and convenience I have linked together some of my Instagram post of #RadicalSelfLoveJuly

Day 1) Silly Selfie

Day 2) Your Idol

Day 3) Positive Graffiti

Day 4) Your reflection

If you want to get on bored just click here and you can join in! It doesn’t matter if you start late, this is so much fun and I really recommend it for anyone 🙂 Do follow me on Twitter or Instagram for my challenge posts!!

Much Love and Magic

Zoe

 

It is time for an adventure!

I know my bucket list page has been a bit quiet lately, but that is because I have not had a chance to start working on the list. I need point out some of the things on my list require a lot of time or $$ and well all know that sometimes it delays things.

But now…its time to add the biggest item to my bucket list! My 2015 OE!!! So what does this bring for my readers pleasure? Well you will get posts on how I am planning my trip, this includes anything from visas to activities in the countries I plan to visit. I want to share with you the restrictions and the easy breezy ways on how you can plan a trip! Then I am also going to try and keep posting while I travel so you can see the full extent of what I have got myself into.

So with our futher or do here is the first part of my overseas experience series.

Now when I first thought about my OE it was pretty traditional, now when I say traditional its very common in New Zealand.  What I am talking about is lots of kiwis “OE” are just the basic go and live in London. I am not saying it a boring thing to do and I will be the first person to put my hand up and say that is exactly what I plan to do…however I am now detouring from this idea (thanks to the boyfriend) I will end up leaving in London its just now I am going to make a big adventure out of it.

Therefore I will be heading to…

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If you can’t tell from the book, I definitely plan to do south east asia on a budget! Also I will be going to Beijing, Japan & America before I hit England. This is looking close to about a 6 month adventure…I have a mixture of excitement and fear! It is a daunting concept but I guess we all need to throw ourselves into the deep end one way or another.

So my friends will you join me as I prepare and the travel throughout a large part of the world?! I would love to hear your advice on places and if there is something I shouldn’t miss out on.

Annnnnndddddd where off!

Much love and Magic

Z

Dear reader I just wanted to let you know…

Today I thought I would write to you about one thing that is at the top of my to do list, happiness, not just general all round happiness but work/life happiness. It has always been in the fore front of my mind to do work that interests me, makes me content; so that for me is work/life happiness… many of you are still struggling with finding that balance and believe me this is normal! because being human beings we always change the goal posts on what is our expected happiness. So I knew after I quit my job that work/life happiness was definitely in my reach, so I thought I would share with you a post that made me think about work/life happiness and begin to pursue determinedly…because we all deserve to be happy!

Food for thought,

Z

How to reflection about yourself

Recently I attend an event called Live Your Legend workshop/seminar…how I ended up at this event was from a friend of mine Danielle who I befriended at blogcademy. It got me thinking about how to look at yourself and reflect, I will be the first to put up my hand and say that “yes, I try to avoid reflecting about myself”. However what I have come to realise is how am I going to be the best that I can be if I do not reflect on the positive and negatives?

Over the last year I have taken knowledge from some of my idols and start to work on the things that I want to improve. But I had not put it into fruition, I came to this realisation at Live Your Legend. This workshop is people coming together to talk and share their life experiences, but what makes this different is that we are all together discovering what we are passionate about and how we can do what we are passionate about.

What saddened me a bit was that I was frightened about moving forward with my ideas. It comes as no surprise that the people around me were experiencing the same things but in different forms. So if your peers around you are frightened, how can you not be? Well my angels, here is my little secret for taking the first step towards reflecting on myself…the wayward way!

  • The first thing is practice understanding your own criticism, an example is when you have that little voice in your head saying “I can’t” challenge it with “why not?”
  • Second to counter act you justification of “I can’t” starting going, well if I fail at least I tried!
  • Then after trying I sit down and go “yes I did it” “I tried”
  • From there I write the emotions I feel and see if I can connect positive and negative association to what I have done
  • After doing all this I switch back to reality and go out there and try something else

It may sound silly but you need to become friends with your mind, doubt creeps in due to the lack of confidence you have in yourself. Unfortunately outside influences cause this… so getting yourself back to being friends with your mind will take some time, we are not all without our doubts but that doesn’t mean we cannot make them our strong points either.

So bite the bullet, challenge your mind, make them your friend! Go out and try something then reflect back on how you felt… Besides if we can’t be friends with ourselves, how can we be with others?!

To making your own reflective path,

Z