How to get out of your comfort zone?

Everything you want is just outside of your comfort zone

This quote has literally changed my life. I know it’s basic and pretty much common sense, but the moment I read it in the book ‘how to get from where you are to where you want to be’ by Jack Canfield it really resonated with me. If you haven’t read this book yet then please do! It really is a game changer.  I used to think I was quite an out-going girl. A girl who would go for what she wants and willing to try new things. Little did I know that I am so confined and comfy in my comfort zone that I didn’t even notice the zone to begin with.

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Have you ever found yourself saying all the things that you would want in life but never actually doing anything about it? Well, yeah that’s me. Although I would describe myself as having a good work ethic I know that right now everything I am doing is within my comfort zone.

It seems we can all say what we want, but we never put it into action. This is either  because we we are too lazy, not sure how to begin or because it is outside of our happy, comfortable bubble that we have created. Well huns I am here to tell you that it’s time to leave your nice, cosy king-size bed with extra blankets comfort zone.

If you are super happy with your life and wouldn’t change a thing, then obviously don’t leave your bed because it sounds amazing however, I am sure there might be one part of your life that you would like to work on. If there is then stay tuned because I am going to give you some helpful tips to step out your comfort zone into the wonderful world of opportunities.

Step 1. Decide which areas in your life need a little tweak and write it down. You won’t be able to change things until you have identified what needs to be changed.

Step 2. If you carry on doing the same thing you will get the same results. So try something completely new. If you are looking for new business, speak to different people. Make an ad for your business or turn to social media. If you want to get a promotion, speak to your boss and advise them why you want and deserve it. If you want to meet the love of your life, go out to different places, join a dating website. Do something that you wouldn’t normally do.

Step 3. Gain knowledge and ask for help, you don’t have to do this alone. There are loads of people that are willing to help you. Buy books and search the internet, there is so much infomation available.

Step 4. Keep pushing. It is going to get uncomfortable and you might face new obstacles everyday but remember anything worth having doesn’t come easy.

Step 5. Write down every new thing you do and review it in three months. You will be amazed by the results and proud of yourself for stepping outside your comfort zone.

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Christmas holiday blues- My trip to Portugal

How depressing is January?! It’s absolutely freezing and as soon as I leave the house I want to turn around and crawl back into bed forever. But, instead of wallowing in self-pity I am going to write a blog post about my amazing Christmas holiday to Portugal.

I am one of those people who will go to the same holiday destination over and over if I love it. I know it sounds boring but nothing beats the feeling of going to another country and it feeling like home.

So when we decided to go to Portugal I was a little upset but also excited to explore another Country (immediately downloads all Portuguese app’s and visualizes lots and lots of Nandos.

The day before we flew I caught the flu, just my luck aye. To be honest, I think everyone caught it, so it was only a matter of time before I did. As you can imagine the flight wasn’t the best since I was sneezing all over the place.

Quick little fun fact: Portugal and England have the same time difference. When my mum told me I didn’t believe her so I had to ask. Turns out Mum’s are always right guys. 

Once we landed in Faro-Portugal, we jumped in a cab and went to our hotel. We drove to Albufeira which was about a 30 minute journey. Our hotel was an absolute dream. We stayed at The Cerro Mar Garden apartment’s which had a kitchen and balcony that overlooked the pool and the sea.

The itinerary for this holiday was to relax, chill, sleep, eat, relax and sleep again. I know what you’ve thinking, best holiday ever! The weather was good to us most days. So, let me give you the low down on my typical day in Alburifera.

I would wake up around 9ish, check my phone and have a little pree on Instagram and then go back to sleep. Once I had finally risen from my slumber I would jump in the shower, do all the boring bits then head straight to the kitchen because it’s breakfast timeeeeee. When I am on holiday I am literally the healthiest version of myself. If that is not a sign for me to move abroad I don’t know what is.  Once I had demolished Croissants, fruit and yogurt it’s bikini time. After a couple of hours tanning with a good book, my mum manages to persuade me to go for a walk. We would usually get a little munch on the way (Portuguese MacDonald’s is everything) then we head back to the hotel and go gym, swimming, sauna and steam.

Then it’s finally dinner time. My favourite restaurant had to be this gorgeous, tucked away Italian place, Italian food is my absolute favourite. I live for bruschetta, pizza and pasta and I can honestly say it was the best Italian food I’ve ever had and I’ve been to Italy! Albufeira is a gorgeous little town and I am so happy we visited the time of year that we did. I can imagine it being extremely busy and touristy in the summer. As holidays do, the time literally flew by but it was a perfect place to spend Christmas. We managed to find the local supermarket as this is essential for me as I love buying all things foreign.

Alburifera would be the perfect place to go if you are looking for sun, sea and some quiet time. It is extremely British so if you are looking for culture I wouldn’t suggest going here. The restaurants are catered for British holiday makers along with the places to drink. I can imagine in the summer this small town is heaving with tourists. I would definitely recommend Alburifera and will hopefully end up back here for Christmas again.

 

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Blogging Event- Yikes kitchen launch

On Thursday 11th January I had the pleasure of being invited to the official launch of Yikes Kitchen. On arrival, my sister and I were met with drinks and sat down at a table with some lovely bloggers. The menu had been sent to me beforehand so it is safe to say that I was bursting with excitement to try the food.

Before I begin I would like to give you a bit of background knowledge surrounding Yikes Kitchen. Yikes is dedicated to providing the best quality food at a very affordable price. Their aim is to provide quality chef-made meals to your dinner table.

The idea to deliver quality, hearty dinners to your door is absolute genius and has not been done properly in North London. This unique vision can only do well as there is a huge gap in the market for delicious, quality take-aways. When I think of getting a take-away, which seems like every other day.  The choices are always the same … pizza, Chinese or Indian however, with the carefully selected menu by Yikes Kitchen and food cooked by a professional chef, this will definitely be the new craze for take-away and I cannot wait to see it flourish.

So let’s get onto the tasters menu…

  • Bruschetta with crispy Halloumi– who doesn’t love Bruschetta? It was the perfect starter and extremely delicious. I loved the fact that it was topped with halloumi it was a lovely touch to a gorgeous starter.

 

  • Sweetcorn soup– I’ve never had or heard of sweetcorn soup so I was very eager to try it and I am so glad I did. It was unreal! The sweetcorn was not overpowering and the consistency of the soup was perfect. It was filling and is a perfect starter for a cold winter night.
  • Jerk chicken burger– The jerk burger was absolutely exquisite and I am ordering it as soon as Yikes Kitchen delivery is live! The chicken was soft and tender and the plantain was a tasty extra in the burger. I would recommend this to everyone and anyone.
  • Lamb Kotfe and Couscous– I must admit I am not a big lover of lamb but I really enjoyed this dish. This would be perfect for anyone who is trying to eat healthy but doesn’t have the time to cook. I thoroughly enjoyed this meal and would order it again.
  • Bruised short ribs of beef with creamy mash– By far my favourite dish of the night. I was blown away! I wish I had two helpings because it was divine. The beef was soft and succulent. The mash was creamy and accompanied the beef so well and I can’t even begin to describe how mouth-watering the gravy was (sorry mum, it was better than yours).
  • Hazelnut chocolate tart and Eton mess- Both were the perfect treat to finish off an amazing taster menu. I cannot fault the desert in any way, it was delightful and I will most certainly be ordering both again.

 

Overall, I was extremely impressed and so stuffed with food that I literally could not move. It was an amazing night and an honor to meet the chefs. The launch was extremely well organised, with 5 star food and a goodie bag was provided at the end (it doesn’t really get much better than that does it).

Yikes kitchen has officially launched today! From Thursday 18th January and Friday 19th January there is 50% off all orders eat in and take away. Please try the amazing food for yourself if my post hasn’t persuaded you enough. I will link their website and menu for you to have a little browse and order. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on their full menu.

Bon appetit.

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November beauty favourites

IMG_5649OMG, can you believe it’s nearly Christmas! who’s excited? Christmas is cancelled for me because I am going on holiday next week and I cannot wait. Since November is now behind us I thought I would do a cheeky post of my favourite beauty buys from last month. I am one of those girls that’s easily swayed by an advert. If the advert says that by using this cream I am going to be fresh-faced, have soft skin and no spots then I am the first person to run out and buy it. I even get pulled into those unrealistic results such as ‘if you buy this shampoo then your hair will grow overnight, you will have endless curls, a new wardrobe full of clothes, find £1,000 on the floor and we will even chuck in a boyfriend’. Yeah I’m that naive, I believe everything.

Anyway here are a few of my favourite things from November;

  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation What an absolute dream. I was in Selfridges on the hunt for a new foundation and it was as if the make-up gods came down and pointed to the Charlotte Tilbury counter. If you have oily skin like me then this is perfect as it is a Matt finish. It is also full coverage and stays on all day. I’ve been using this as my ‘going-out out’ foundation as opposed to everyday use. I have olive skin and it was quite easy to find the right match.

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  • Honey & Co Face mask Since it is now Antarctica outside my skin is in the horrors. My skin is crying out for some sun and in need of some tender loving care. I try to do a face mask every two weeks. I find that it soothes my skin and gives me a more vibrant look. I love the fact that the products are all natural and it doesn’t  leave your face looking red and puffy as most face masks do.

All natural Honey & Co face mask

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  • ‘Show’ Dry Shampoo– If you are as lazy as I am then you will agree that washing your hair is an absolute chore, especially when you have a lion mane for hair. Dry shampoo is a literal life saver and makes your hair feel and smell as if you have just washed it.

Best dry shampoo ever

  • Anastasia Beverly hills eyebrow wiz in Granite What were my poor eyebrows doing before this? Not only does this product help to define the shape but it also stays on all day. Go out and get it now.

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Eyebrow pencil that will change your life

  • Sanctuary Spa wet skin moisture Miracle Body Lotion I still haven’t found my go to body lotion as I feel that after a few months my body gets used to the cream and it ends up making my skin dry.  I have only been using this for a few weeks but I am loving it at the moment. The cream dries as soon as your rub it in and the smell is to die for.

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  • Too faced ‘you light up my life’ highlighter- We all want that show-stopping, glistening glow and this highlighter will honestly light up your life. I can’t leave the house without it. All you need is a fan brush and a little bit of product and you are on your way to having highlighter brighter than your ex boyfriend’s future.

Purchase here

What products are you loving at the moment?

 

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10 Ways to be healthier

This post is being written selfishly for me as I am sick with the flu again! My immune system is dire and as soon as someone sneezes I know it’s game over. As we are slowly making our way from autumn into winter. I thought it would be a good idea to write a blog post that will hopefully give us all a little push to protect our bodies, and who doesn’t want to be a little bit healthier? Anyway enough of me rambling on, let’s begin.

  1.  Get enough sleep! Studies state that if you are aged between 18-64 years the recommended sleep should be between 7-9 hours. Well you don’t have to tell me twice, I like to think of myself as the modern sleeping beauty. By going to bed early and having a full night’s rest this will allow your body to recuperate and you will be ready for the day ahead.
  2. Breakfast I must admit I do not eat breakfast…yet. It is a known fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So head over to local food shop and stack up on those cereals.

3. Herbal tea I don’t really know how I feel about herbal tea, I have a love hate relationship with it. But the benefits of drinking herbal tea are meant to be amazing. By drinking herbal tea you will supposedly shed of the pounds, fight off the flu and have a good night sleep.

4. Exercise It is recommended that you exercise everyday for 20-30 mins. I am going to be realistic with this one because there is nothing I love more than getting into bed and watching Netflix. Let’s say 4 times a week.

5. Vitamins I have tried to take vitamins in the past but I always forget to take them or the placebo effect would get me and I would start feeling weird (maybe I am a bit of a drama queen). I’ve decided to try again with some vitamins called Repair and Revitalise. They are meant to help you feel good everyday with beautiful hair, skin and nails. I am going to give them a go and see how they work. They will be linked on my Instagram if you want to try them.

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6. Fruit and Veg 5 a day people, you know the drill.

7. Meditate  I am really really excited about this one. I have never meditated before but I plan to meditate for 10 minutes every night before I go to bed. The idea is to unwind, shut down your brain and relax. I have attached a meditation for beginners guide for those that want to join in.

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8. Drink water the recommended amount of water to drink per day is 2L. If you buy a bottle at the beginning of every day you will be able to finish it in no time.

9. Balanced diet I AM NOT a nutritionist because I love Mac Donald’s, so I can’t really advise on this. But the plan is not to eat junk food and eat carbs and fat in moderation. I plan to eat lots of protein, meat and brown rice.

10. Go on holiday  Yes Yes Yes No matter what job you do or how hard you work, everyone deserves a holiday. Holidays give you some relaxation time. So by the time you come back you are more motivated than ever.

I will be doing this for the next month and reporting back. Why not join in with me and see if it makes a difference in your life.

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Live your best life

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Some of you might think i’m crazy but I am a big believer in signs. I believe that the universe sends us little signs to point us in the right direction. Lately I have been feeling a little lost. I have recently come out of a two year relationship. I have also been at my current job for three years and I just feel a little deflated. I have been trying to work out my next move but not too sure which direction to take.

Then all of a sudden, I started to see the saying;

                   Live your best life

At first I thought it was a coincidence, but the more I started to hear/see it I am convinced it is a sign. I first saw this statement on Twitter, which I admit is no surprise. Then a few days later I was on the bus to work and a group of girls my age were chatting when out of nowhere, one of the girls turned to her friend and said “are you living your best life”. Which ultimately got me thinking, am I living mine?

Then about a week later I went to a friend’s house and out of the corner of my eye there was a magazine on the floor and the front page said ‘Live your best life’. Now that I had seen/heard this saying a few times, I noticed it straight away and smiled. It wasn’t until I went for a meeting this week with a client from work that it finally hit me. It was 7 pm and we were waiting for the meeting to begin. One of my clients were chatting away about her recent holiday to the Maldives (very jel). One of my other clients must have overheard and said “well we can all see you’re living your best life” and that is when it clicked. Some of you will think it is a coincidence but I think it’s a sign, its time for me to switch it up and start living my best life.

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To make sure that I am not going crazy I googled it (yes, google is the answer to everything) and guess what guys, I am not going mad. The universe sending you signs is a thing and it all leads back to the law of attraction.

It’s so easy to get caught up with life that we end up in situations that make us unhappy or jobs that make us miserable. But not anymore, it’s time to go after what we want, it’s time to live our best life.

Universe, you don’t have to tell me twice. This is exactly what I am going to do.

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Ibiza baby

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I must admit I am not a London girl at all. I belong in a hot country, no more than 10 minutes away from the beach. My main life goal is to make this a reality, but for now I am more than happy to jet off at every given possibility. Lucky for me, I have the best sister in the world and she agreed to go to Ibiza with me. Don’t worry Jess,if you are reading this you will be rewarded greatly.

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I’ve been to Ibiza so many times that when I arrive it feels like home. There is no better feeling than familiarity when you step foot in another country. I planned the whole trip from start to finish. Our long weekend turned into a whirlwind, with a lot of drink and the mother of all hangovers, but it has been one of my best holidays to date.

Here are a few of the highlights;

  • Elrow at Amnesia- so crazy but so happy we finally went!
  • Ocean beach club … obviously.
  • Pizza hut- best pizza ever.
  • Our hotel- They had given us two rooms because our air con broke.
  • Falling over, apparently this is my thing now.
  • Watching a film in the rave, honestly who comes up with this stuff.

On our last day we planned to have a nice chilled, sophisticated day but things don’t always go to plan.  We were so hungover we spent the whole day hiding from the sun, running toilet to be sick and stuffing our face with burger king.

Ibiza I can’t wait to see you again next year.

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