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#TimesUp- the new ‘it’ slogan for sexual harassment in not only Hollywood, but for the sexual harassment and mistreatment of women in the workplace and in general. Dozens of celebrities- both men and women- donned stunning black designer attire as they hit the red carpet at the Golden Globes. They voiced their opinions, saying enough is enough in Hollywood with the mistreatment and disrespect of women in the industry. It has sparked a new movement in women’s rights, and not going to lie, it’s about flippin’ time and I’m just praying, hoping, doing my best to ensure, that it is one that sticks and isn’t just a tokenistic occurrence that’s currently trending.

With the plethora of revelations coming out last year against the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and co- by both men and women- there’s no wonder that Time’s Up has been formed. Some may argue why people care the second celebrities are involved? As much as this does irritate me as it can be interpreted that celebrities are more important than the average person, these people who have been affected are still human. These are people that have been idolised for years and they’re using their platform to allow others to come out and voice their truths. There’s something reassuring and comforting in being able to relate to someone who seems to have the perfect life, and then realising they have experienced similar things to you. Personally, thank God, I have not suffered anything remotely similar to what these men and women have, but I know people who have. Even if I didn’t know anyone who had been affected, as a decent human being, I’d be just as passionate.

Usually, there’s the argument that these ‘it’ issues seen in Hollywood only affect a certain number of women, or the focus is on a said group of women. The thing with this particular issue is that it’s a global one, that women around the world experience, in all sorts of occupations. I could sit here and write thousands of facts and examples of sexual harassment in the workplace, but I won’t because I’d be here for about 10 years. Let’s just say that in 2009-2010, 21% of complaints made to the Australian Human Rights Commission were for sexual harassment and 88% of these cases occurred in the workplace. It’s evident that positions of power have constantly been abused and people, in particular women, have suffered for it. On top of that, women in male-dominated workplaces are more likely to experience sexual harassment and sexism than those in female dominated or equal workplaces. Yabba-dabba-doo! Although the legal defense fund is only in the US at the moment, it’s essential that we need to do something to set up similar legal support organisations around the world.

A concern that I have with this movement is that it’s just a trend and the media and its followers will just get swept up in the hysteria and forget about it as soon as it dies down. This sort of thing just doesn’t go away as soon as celebrities see fit, it stays with the millions of women around the world. Sure, it provides closure for some. The key word being ‘some’. It will still be an issue for so many and despite having a bit of coverage at the moment, chances are that it’ll eventually die down and minimal changes will be made. And movements like these have died down in the past, leaving only the original activists and a loyal band of supporters to continue to fight for what is right. Take Kony 2012 for example- honestly, I heard it was a bit of a scam, but still, there are hundreds of thousands of children that are child soldiers. Where’s the media coverage of that? Where’s our will to help these kids have a childhood? Then there’s Make Poverty History, which is obviously so 2005. Yes, there are countless people working behind the scenes and continuing the extraordinary work to help these causes, but how many more could be helping if it was broadcasted and maintained in the media. It could be argued that I’m naive in saying this as we all know that news cycles only last a remarkably short amount of time, and yes, I do agree. However, I’m just making the point regarding trends and the media’s ability to control them. I’m hoping more than anything that this movement doesn’t fall down the same abyss that past movements have and I believe it’s our job as people and decent human beings to keep it going. Ultimately, it’s our responsibility to keep these issues circling around and ensuring that people are made aware of them.

Another concern I have is that the interpretation of the message by some could lead to further tensions between men and women and the wrong message being sent across to people. The generalisation of men in particular as being sleazy, disrespectful and just straight out don’t genuinely care for women is ridiculous. The response to when males say “but not all men” is partially warranted (as quite a few guys who do say this, do actually fit that generalisation), but it’s also partially not warranted. There are so many respectful and kind men out there who genuinely care about women’s rights that are being thrown into this generalisation and it’s disgustingly disrespectful. I know a lot of people are going to disagree with that, but honestly, if we want change, we need to respect everybody. Nothing is going to happen if we disrespect and downgrade groups of people. In fact, it’s hypocritical. We complain about the way we are being treated, yet treat others the same? Two wrongs do not make a right in this instance and if we want a change, we truly need to treat everyone as an equal.

That being said, my concerns should not override the point of #TimesUp. It’s a spectacular cause that I am so grateful is finally gaining momentum and attention. Bringing up the startling facts and demanding change is necessary in making people around the world realise the ordeals so many have to go through on a daily basis. As long as we ensure that all people are accounted for, no matter who or what they identify as or what they do, it’s a positive and essential step in the right direction.

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As 2017 draws to a close, many of us are looking back at the year that was, reflecting on the highs and lows whilst getting ready for the night ahead to ring in 2018. Well, most people are. Unless, you’re someone like me who has decided to keep it a quiet one this year (thank you work). Nevertheless, whether you’re catching up with mates, hitting the biggest NYE parties in the city, or just taking it easy and preferring to wake up on the 1st of January sober, refreshed and not hungover, it’s no big deal. You do what you want and what you think is right for you personally- which is a concept I’ve really grasped onto this year. In the past two weeks, I’ve been thinking of what the year 2017 has brought me and just from the feelings I get about that alone, I’ve realised how far I’ve really come as a person. I’ve learnt a plethora of lessons this year and I’ve built the foundations that will make my 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021…etc etc….constantly better and better.

1. I’ve really got the travel bug

I went to Thailand- twice- this year and with 2018 just around the corner, one of my number one goals is to travel more. I probably won’t go back to Thailand, but I’d love to travel elsewhere and explore the world. I love the feeling of going to a new place, being away from my day to day grind, becoming rejuvenated and meeting new people from countries around the world. Most likely once I finish writing this post, I’ll write down a list of where I want to go next year and in the years following it. I’ve always somewhat been aware of the importance of travelling, but this year has opened my eyes to what it’s really, actually, seriously about. Until now, travelling was never a priority. Well, it was- but it was more so ranked about 5th or 6th rather than being in my top 3 (honestly, it’s equal 1st).  I looked up travel quotes on Pinterest to include here but there are far too many that resonate with me. For me, travelling is about discovering. Discovering new things about myself that I didn’t know, discovering new places, discovering new cultures, discovering new perspectives.  I believe some of the best lessons you learn in life are when you travel and explore the world, and it’s something I am aching to make a reality for myself.

2. I finally started loving myself- properly

For a lot of people, I come across as a happy, go with the flow, outgoing, confident person. In reality however, I was quite self-conscious. Not in the body image way, but more so about whether I was good enough. I questioned whether I was worthy enough or talented enough. I often asked myself “lol, as if you’d be able to do that” and all those sort of self-sabotaging comments. Although I’d brush them off and not let them affect me seriously, I still didn’t know how to tackle them properly. 2017 was the year I finally tackled my mental health problems and learnt techniques to cope with anxiety. The changes have been immense and I’ve become so much happier. The last two months of 2017 have been when I’ve seen the most change, and it has been since I’ve become more grounded and focused on truly loving myself. I’ve realised that I am worth it, I am good enough, I am a unique person that has the ability to do whatever I set my mind to. I’ve learnt to put myself first and as a result, the anxiety has dwindled. I always thought I practiced self-love, but I didn’t. Not until these past two months and ever since I have, I just feel so much better for it. 2018 will only see me more grounded, calm, grateful and happy and most certainly not letting the thoughts and actions of others impact my wellbeing.


3. Am I officially a gym junkie?

One thing that came out of nowhere (well, more or less) for me was my passion for fitness. Sure, I’ve always loved sport but fitness? Myself and fitness did not go hand in hand. Within a space of a few months, I decided to sign up to study for a certificate 4 in fitness and also seeing a potential future in the fitness and wellbeing business. 2017 saw me go to the gym far more consistently, and not just for rugby purposes. I’ve realised that the gym is my sanctuary. It’s my go to place for when I need to relieve stress and anxiety. It’s where I am most at ease. Another thing is the progress I’ve seen. I said to myself a few times how I didn’t want to get that bulky or muscly, but upon noticing the way my muscles are building, I love it. I feel healthier, happier and successful. There’s something rewarding about seeing how your muscles are slowly building up when you’re lifting a weight and it motivates you to keep going. I have set numerous fitness goals in 2018- both rugby and personal related- one of the most important being to remain consistent in my training and to aim to be fitter, faster and stronger than ever before.

4. Live in the moment

If there has been one thing I’ve decided to aim to do more of, it’s to live in the moment. Much of my teen years were spent dwelling on the future- partially no fault of my own considering the messages that had been drilled into my brain for so long. I always thought about my eventual career, my eventual love life, my eventual everything- but hardly focused on the present. 2017 taught me to just go with the flow. Sure, have your plans set out, know where you aim to go- but also leave plenty of room for other things that might show up or changes that could take place. Since I’ve taken on this perspective, I’ve found that there was less pressure on me and more so, things started falling into place more.

5. Sport is still my life

At some point, I thought that I might have lost my love of sport by the age of 20 or so. Excuse me, I just need to take a breath because I can’t stop laughing at that thought. If anything, my love of sport has only grown and become more prominent in my life. From changing footy teams to starting rugby to seeing my beloved Melbourne Storm win the premiership, both watching and playing sports have only made me happier (stressed out on occasion too, I have to admit- I think I’m still recovering from the Sydney v Bulldogs round 3 match and the Bulldogs v Essendon game in July of this year). Rugby has given me a whole new purpose and I’ve absolutely fallen in love with the sport. It’s also helped me meet so many new amazing, inspiring people who I’ve lucky to call my teammates and sisters. I think it’s safe to say that 2018 is going to be sportier than ever before- from my own rugby, to Melbourne Storm to the Bulldogs to every other team I support to the FIFA World Cup, I’m pumped to say the very least.

6. The people around you determine your mood

Most likely one of the biggest and most important things I have learnt from 2017 is just how important the people you surround yourself with are. This year, I’ve become far more aware of the importance of good vibes and how this can affect my life. I’m slowly cutting off ties with people who, as cliche and tacky as it may sound, ‘kill’ my vibe whilst try and spend more time with people who make me feel grounded, confident and are all round, just great company. There’s a reason why I came back grounded and confident when I came back from Thailand 2.0- it’s because I was surrounded by people who have nothing but good vibes and who have a positive influence on me. In 2018, the goal is to finally cut off ties with those producing negative vibes, hang out with the good vibe tribe (sorry, that was tacky) and meet more people who help me grow and make me laugh.

7. Life’s too short to worry

2017 saw me truly try and put the whole ‘life’s too short’ quote to good use. I’d often find myself worrying about things that were non-existent or things I could hardly control or things that really weren’t much of a big deal in the long run. I don’t want to be 80 years old, looking back at my life and regretting worrying about the pettiest of the petty. I want to just be able to live in the moment, enjoy where I’m at, look forward to the future and just be happy and have fun. I’ve found applying this mindset has helped my mental health incredibly and in 2018, it will only make me a happier person.


8. The importance of gratitude

I had seen a heap of people and articles discuss gratitude journals. I always brushed this idea off, thinking it wouldn’t help me nor was it something I would ever consider doing. If anything, I immaturely thought it was for the la di da, zen people who would spend their days at the beach and be irritatingly positive. More or less, that’s me now. Funny how life works. A few weeks after getting back from Thailand, something happened that led me to become less grounded and basically go backwards from all the hard work I had put in to feel as good as I had. When I started a gratitude journal (upon suggestion by my stillness meditation advisor), I felt as though my sanity had been restored. Within one night, my mindset had shifted and it led me to getting back on track to feeling grounded and happy. Every single night, I write down three things I am grateful for and then I write a heap of affirmations about myself. In 2018, I will continue this practice and enjoy the process of allowing it to help me become more confident, calm and happy.


There’s a common pattern in what 2017 has taught me and brought me- and that’s knowledge of how to become, remain and be happy, grounded and calm. When I am these three things, I feel unstoppable. I feel as though I can achieve anything I put my mind to and it makes me know that I will.

When reflecting at the end of the year, many people count the material things they have gotten. Whether it may be a new car, a certain item of clothing, a new house. What I think is more important, however, is realising how much you have grown as a person and aiming to continue to do so in the new year. The same can be said about resolutions. Just because you didn’t fulfil a resolution, doesn’t mean you had a bad year. I had a look at some of the resolutions I wrote down this time last year and I can safely say I didn’t fulfil a few, or at the very least, not to the extent I had hoped for and that’s ok. It’s about becoming aware of what you need to work on and having the willpower to work on it. I think it’s important that as much as we say “this is my year” and have expectations, that we just go with the flow and just take things day by day.

Seize the day, take opportunities, have fun, go outside your comfort zone, just live your life to the best of your ability.

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Yeah, you read that right. I went to Thailand, again. For the second time this year- the second time in 6 months. Last time around, it was all about being touristy, going on adventures and opening my eyes up to a new culture. This time around, it was a little different- unintentionally different. It turned out I was on an unintentional path to self-discovery. Having finished exams 4 days earlier, I was in a state of desperately needing to just get away. The end of the trimester had resulted in me questioning a number of things, and I needed somewhere to just get away from all the things that were constantly whirring in my mind.

Yeah sure, lucky me. I get the chance to properly be able to go away and travel overseas. I have the money to be able to do that. I have the luxury. Lucky me. I know a lot of people will probably read this and say well, she must be well off to be able to do that. I’m not being ungrateful for where I am in my life because I know I’m flipping lucky to have the opportunity to travel whilst many people don’t, but to say I have it easy or anything like that, is a tad annoying. Anyway, not the point. People are going to be bitter regardless of what you do so there’s no point dwelling on it.

Certain relatives had a go at me saying how they thought I was wasting my money by going to the same place again and that the money would have been better spent elsewhere, like on a car or maybe even a housing deposit. Firstly, who knows when on earth I’ll actually get around to driving and secondly, this isn’t 1977 where the houses weren’t that expensive and basically everyone’s goal was to buy their own house, have a car and live a stable, happy life with their little family. A number of things in 2017 comes before putting a deposit on a house. Yes, I do aim to buy my own house eventually. Yes, I do work and save money to be able to do that eventually, but until then, I still have a number of things I want to do before I get to that stage.

Truth is, and something that I’ve learnt, is that life is all about choices and priorities. For me, travelling is a priority. Rugby is a priority. My education is a priority. My health and wellness is a priority. If you really want something, you prioritise it. Sure, sometimes the current place you are at may not allow for you to achieve or get what you want, but the majority of time, it will eventually through a process. It’s a process to get fit. It’s a process to improve your mental health. It’s a process to complete a degree. It’s a process to earn the money you need to travel. It’s a process starting up your own business. When you start coming up with excuses and neglecting your needs, then you have to ask whether you want it or not. You have to bluntly ask yourself: “How important is this to me?” and most importantly, you have to be honest with yourself. The more you lie to yourself, the worse off you’ll be. Make your choices. Set your priorities. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do. Listen to the people who have been there done that, because a lot of the time they drop the truth bombs you don’t want to hear, but really need to.

Another thing I learnt whilst in Thailand was the importance of surrounding yourself with different people. Don’t stick to the same old crew, day in, day out. Don’t stick to the same demographic. Meet new people. Older people. Younger people. People who you never really would think you would get along with or learn from. People from all walks of life who have experienced a range of different hurdles and events that you are yet to, or even may never experience. Every single person you meet teaches you something different. It may be the smallest little thing, but eventually it’ll turn out to be one of the important lessons of your life and something you carry with you every single day. This time around, I was the youngest by 7 years in comparison to everyone else that was there. Firstly, I had more fun with them than I do with the majority of people who are much closer to my age (no offence guys) and secondly, they helped either change or reiterate a heap of perspectives I had on life.

Both times I’ve been to Thailand have taught me things about my anxiety. This time around, it had be brutally asking myself constantly: “honestly, what do I have to be anxious about?”. I would then grown to myself, shake it off and carry on with another day in paradise. I’d have moments where my health anxiety would be peaking, but months of training myself how to cut off an anxious thought before it would impact my experience would usually be able to shut down these menacing notions and allow me to continue enjoying myself and just be able to relax. Yes, I had moments where it got the better of me, but eventually, I won every other time. Another question I have come to ask myself is: “When I’m 80 years old and look back on my life, do I really want to have spend so many days not living my life to the fullest, anxious about things that were either untrue or not applicable to me? Do I really want to look back and be scared that I have something wrong with me when in fact I’m perfectly healthy?”. The answer, every single time, was a resounding no. When you question yourself enough times in moments of anxiety, your mindset starts to change and your list of coping mechanisms begins to increase.

Another major thing I learnt…well it was more so reiterated, was that my happy place was swimming in the ocean. Being out in the water, amidst the waves and allowing your skin and muscles to feel the benefits of the salt water allowed for me to have a place where I felt literally no anxiety. When I’m in the water, I felt like I was in my happy place, that I had no worry in the world. It’s an unexplainable feeling only known to those who have experienced the same with their own happy places, whether it be in the ocean like me or elsewhere. All we know is that you’re happy and relaxed and if it was up to us, we would live there if we could.

Since coming back from Thailand with my altered outlook on life, I’ve found myself to be more grounded. I can deal with stress and anxiety better. I’ve become more motivated and driven, more so than ever before. I was able to recharge and clear my mind. You don’t always need a trip to Thailand to do that, just getting away from your phone, going somewhere you love, spending time with different people and having an open mind when it comes to learning things is all you really need.

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The other day, it hit me.

Out of all the jobs I’ve wanted to have, only two weren’t creative. Two. Amongst about 14. Aside from wanting to be a doctor and an international human rights lawyer, I’ve aspired to be a graphic designer, fashion designer (thank you Project Runway), architect and author amongst a heap of others. Another particular job I wanted was as a creative director, although at the time, I had no idea that that was even a thing. 13 year old me never bothered to research it and completely forgot about it. However, last week I had one of those weird moments where the most simple and trivial thing sparked a new wave of inspiration in me. Or, maybe it was just that new burst of creativity my horoscope has been yapping on about. Anyway, back to the point. I walked into Mecca Maxima and I picked up the monthly magazine. The A5 booklet was promoting the latest Urban Decay Naked palette amongst a number of new products. It was one of those bizarre moments where I had an epiphany.

So how exactly, with all this love for being creative I have, did I end up studying a Law and International Studies degree? A course that, if I had to be honest, isn’t the most creative nor does it allow you to explore your creative endeavours. In no way am I writing this with the intent to spread my bitterness about the choices I’ve made, I’m merely just highlighting how I came to be a law student over some kind of design student. Although I’m not going to lie, my realisation at the reasoning behind why has got me a mixture of frustrated and concerned.

One of the major things that I think deterred me from pursuing a creative career initially was this idea I had planted in my head from the environment around me that a creative career wasn’t as reputable as something like a career in law. Perhaps it was a pride thing, or maybe it was just wanting to show off a little bit. Or maybe it was me just wanting to people to be proud of me because I was doing such a ‘prestigious’ degree. Or a bit of everything. When I would mention something about a more creative career, such as being an author or interior designer, I would be laughed at and judged. I would get questioned and told how hard it is to be a successful author and make loads of money. It would be ‘made aware’ (as if I wasn’t already) of how everyone wants to be one these days and how difficult it is to get published. It was like I was a naive fool who had an unrealistic dream and did no research for whatever arts-related career I wanted. It was like I hadn’t spent hours researching options for what I could do, how I could make money and what it would take to be super successful.

In this day of age, the decision to choose a particular degree is often centred around money. In no way whatsoever am I saying this isn’t a good thing, nor am I saying we should revert to communistical mindsets. Far from that. My point is that people are solely choosing careers for the mere reason that  you will apparently make a heap of money and if you don’t, you’re a failure. If you’re a lawyer, a doctor, an engineer or someone in business, you’re going to be bringing home the big bucks.  Sure, typically these careers appear to have higher salaries. Technically though, this is when you’ve been in the workforce after a number of years and you’ve worked your way up. Unless you have a genuine passion for that job and are willing to put the hard work and long hours in, you’ll likely find yourself a slave to the system and incredibly unhappy. Where there is passion, the hard work and dedication will follow and instead of there being a constant daily struggle where you whinge about how tough you have it, it’ll be more of an understanding that what you were doing was just a step you had to take to further your career. Sure, money is important. It makes life a whole heap easier when you’re dealing with rent, a mortgage, food, clothes and other essentials in life. It’s necessary for stability. However, just because someone has a more creative occupation, it doesn’t mean they don’t nor won’t make money. Just because a career has a title doesn’t mean they will provide you with the benefits you have been told about. Being creative doesn’t mean you’re unrealistic, it just means your passion lies more so in the arts than they do in sciences or law.  

If I had a dollar for the number of times I’ve heard things like an Arts degree is just a paper degree, I would be a billionaire. The truth is, every degree is a paper degree if you have no idea how to use it. If you have a vision, if you know what you want to do, if you know what you have to do, then any degree is useful. Yeah sure, diplomas and degrees in things like fashion and interior design are competitive, but so are law and medicine degrees. Just because something isn’t as prestigious as another thing, doesn’t mean it’s any more or any less competitive, nor does it mean one would make more money than the other. That’s to even assume in the first place that someone chose a career for the money. To a number of people, it’s not even about the money. They just want to create and live life doing what they love. Surprise, surprise.  Not everyone needs a whole heap of money to be happy, contrary to popular belief.

So the truth is that if you are good at what you do, you have a greater chance of making more money. If you have a vision and set out your goals and how to achieve them, you’re more than likely going to make money regardless of the career you choose. If anything, creative careers provide more of an opportunity to do so as the ranks you need to climb aren’t as structured as that of lawyers, doctors or engineers. From what I’ve been told, there are more students studying law than there are jobs available in law. Yeah so about that competition within arts related careers…

I’m not saying that every single person should undertake a creative career, but I can assure you that this post will resonate with anyone who has wanted to pursue something far more creative than the typical prestigious degrees. My message to those trying to figure out what they want to do when they finish high school is to follow your passion, find a career you genuinely want regardless of how much money it makes or what people around you expect, and most of all, allow yourself to grow as a person and not beat yourself up if the path you wanted to go on as a 17 year old changes as a 20 year old. Follow your goals and whatever you do, make sure that you are happy. As I said before, where there is passion and hard work, money will follow (if you want it too). Life is too short to be unhappy and there’s no point wasting years away in a job that you knew from the beginning wasn’t what you wanted. Not only do creative careers (like many) have the ability to make you the big bucks if you play your cards right and have a vision for what you want, but they will more than likely have a heap of health benefits and give you the chance to explore and utilise your creativity. Without art, the world is a boring, dull place where people will forget what it is like to use their imagination and discover the endless possibilities available to them. Whatever you do, do not let others impede on your passion for creating. Sure, they might say they want the best for you in terms of making money and living a more stable life, but only you know what’s really best for you. Make your choice based on what makes you happy, ensure you continuously remind yourself of your end goal and tackle any obstacles in your way with optimism and an open-mind. If you stick by that, and work smart, success will follow.

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As I lay in bed unable to fall asleep and getting irritated by a stubborn stomachache after consuming feta cheese that I realised really didn’t taste quite right, it occurred to me how lazy and unproductive I’ve been in the past week. It also occurred to me that I have assignments that are due in the coming weeks that I haven’t even started yet. I think the first is due on the 4th of August and yes, I know some of you are probably thinking that I still have ages to go. However, I’m that student that likes to get stuff done early so I do not have to stress later.

Two weeks ago, I was injured and as soon as I got better, I got hit with a cold. Thanks winter. So for those two weeks, I didn’t get much exercise done and I think it has most definitely been detrimental. I have noticed that this week I’ve hardly gotten any uni stuff done. I’ve been procrastinating and just lazing around (well, my idea of lazing around at the very least). Nevertheless, I have come to this realisation and I am taking steps to get back on track.

So here are a couple of ideas and words of wisdom in case you’re stuck in a bit of a rut and either have no idea how to get out of it or you just need a bit of a kick start.

Don’t be too hard on yourself.
You can be a little bit annoyed at yourself that you’re in the position you’re in and haven’t taken precautions to avoid it, but not to the point where you have become a ball of anxiety and stress. When you start being too hard on yourself, you end up worse off. You end up stressing yourself out more and start thinking irrationally. You are human. You have moments where, for whatever reason, you just haven’t done as much as you want. You’ve gotten out of bed at 10am every morning and you’ve been on slack on studying. It’s normal. It happens to everyone. It’s not the end of the world and most importantly, it does not mean you are lazy, useless and a bludger.

Take time out to recollect your thoughts and get yourself back into a routine.
Sit down for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, half an hour or however long you need to just take a pause and think about your goals and what you need to do to achieve them. Sometimes when you get used to something too much or if you’re away from something for a while, you unintentionally forget the reason you started or you lose motivation. Personally, I find just laying everything out in front of me and having a systematic approach works wonders and gets me back on track to achieve my goals. This can include writing down a list, organising what you need to do and when you need to do them, or just brainstorming different ideas of what you can or have to do.

Just do it.
Once you’ve done all that and you’re in a more motivated mindset, just get going. Don’t think about it. Just do it. Usually, when you start thinking you end up going off course again and eventually, you’ll end up back to square one. Don’t worry about the what ifs or the do I really have to’s? Just go. If it doesn’t work out the way you plan, so what? If you want it bad enough, you will find another way. If not, then something else will be right around the corner for you. You don’t know if you don’t try.

Hopefully, this post has resonated with some of you and is exactly what you needed to get back into the swing of things. Just remember, you’re human. You’re allowed to make mistakes. You’re allowed to be a bit slack from time to time. Just make sure you don’t make it a habit, be mindful of what you are doing, stay motivated and most of all, don’t stress. It’ll all work out the way it is supposed to in the end.