Plastic Free July Challenge

Plastic Free July Challenge

Plastic Free July Challenge

Yesterday was the last day of the Plastic Free July challenge… and what a challenge it was! I may not have had a perfect run… actually quite far from it!! BUT I really enjoyed participating and learning more about the small changes I can make. Now that the month is over, I have decided I will do my best to continue minimising my daily plastic use. The challenge was a real eye opener for me, I was completely unaware of how much single use plastic I was actually using each day!

Like I said it was a tough challenge and I failed… But along the way I found some great products that really helped through the challenge, which in turn gave me a few good habits too, so I thought it may be nice to share a few of these with you!

The Keep Cup

The easiest transition to make was actually saying no to the takeaway coffee cup, the moment I bought my keep cup, I just popped it in my handbag and it is always there… So the moment I buy a coffee I just whip it out and feel pretty awesome! There were a couple of times I had forgot it, which were on the weekends on my dog walks (due to not taking my handbag on these walks), but instead of getting the coffee to go and continuing my walk… I just asked to have the coffee dine in instead! We sat down and the dogs got extra pats and I reduced my plastic use! WIN WIN! 

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The BYO Shopping Bags

This one is a no-brainer and something I had been trying to do for years! I have been a little rubbish at the whole remembering to take my bags to the shops with me deal, until July 1st! The moment I started this challenge AND supermarkets actually stopped having the bags available, for some reason my brain made remembering them a priority straight away! Weird huh! Don’t bring back the free bags COLES I’m looking at you! 

The Bamboo Straws

I picked up this handy kit from Biome and they have been perfect! 

The hard part here is that whenever I buy a drink that needs a straw… it usually comes in a plastic cup! E.g. Boost Juice or an Iced Long Black! I have been trying to just buy less of these things… and that’s obviously better for the challenge… and my budget! I am thinking I may get a second larger Keep Cup for the Iced Long blacks though… for some reason a lot of places serve an ice long black in a plastic takeaway cup… even when you are dining in… and say dine in… and say no straw thanks! So having my own cup as well will most likely help! But then I have to carry two cups in my handbag… haha oh the dilemmas are real! 

My Take Away

I came into this challenge completely unprepared! Which made it 10 times harder then it really needed to be, but after just a few small tweaks I was able to reduce my plastic use significantly. Think of the changes I could make with just a little more preparation!! That’s why I’m not done yet, even though the challenge is done, I know I will continue to look at ways I can stay on the path to reducing my plastic use and just being a better human to the earth!

I know that sometimes the desire of ease takes over your efforts to do your part for a better a future… And sometimes it feels like you are a small fish in the sea of larger fish who could initiate change easier… But what I try to keep in my mind is if everyone changed their world… The world would change!  

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Stuck in indecision

Stuck in indecision

Stuck in Indecision

My star sign is Libra, I read a long time ago that Librans can be a little indecisive… I used to laugh at this because for me it’s true… I can find it difficult to make a decision! But never have I felt this much indecision at once! I can put my hand on my heart and tell you that this year has been one of the hardest year of my life… Never have I spent so much time inside my own head, over analyzing every detail of my past, present and my future…

Life was easier in the past, I was younger, I’d made less “mistakes” I had a long life ahead of me, full of opportunities! As I started reaching 30, I entered full panic mode… and I think I have been living there ever since… I’ve tried lists, in depth plans, worrying and burying my head in the sand… none of which worked! (weird how those last few didn’t work huh! LOL)… now I’m 34 (turning 35 this year) and I feel like I am still in the same position!! Yes, I paid off debt… but just to take on more… yes I’ve changed jobs… but just to find myself in the exact same position every few years… yes I have two gorgeous dogs now… but I’m still in no position to be giving them little humans to play with! How did this happen!?

Indecision! I’ve spent the last 4 or so years just accepting the decision to make no real life decisions! I think I only realised this over the last month or so… which is progress right!? So why can I not make any of these big decisions? Fear of failure, fear of success maybe people pleasing? I’m not 100% sure yet…

So what now? Well I don't know… I just can't decide :p

While I just sit a little longer with this decision paralysis I have started looking into methods to  snap myself out of it! This may be some sort of distraction from the underlying issue… but hey it’s a start! I have been reading a bit about the psychology around decision making and found this great article on working out your ‘decision-building muscle’! It’s all about your daily behaviors, it talks about the 4 types of behaviors we engage in below:

Short term benefit/pleasure = long term painful/negative outcomes

Short term benefit/pleasure = long term benefit/pleasure outcomes

Short term painful/negative = long term painful/negative outcomes

Short term painful/negative = long term benefit/pleasure outcomes  

It suggests that by resisting from short term benefit/pleasure for a long term painful/negative outcome behaviors and participating in short term painful/negative for long term benefit/pleasure outcome behaviors will strengthen your decision building muscles! I mean it makes sense… funny how all roads are leading back to this for me at the moment! Daily routine…  

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3 Red Flags you are getting lost in Overwhelm

3 Red Flags you are getting lost in Overwhelm

3 Red Flags you are lost in Overwhelm

The last month I have been so overwhelmed! I have tried to keep my shit together, but it has been hard… I have been feeling like life was just throwing challenges at me from all directions… nothing was going right and I was drowning in negativity, self pity and a weird feeling I’m not quite sure of the name of… but kind of like a disconnect… I just felt like shutting down emotionally and just doing tasks that needed to be done. I stepped away from the blog a little as I just didn’t feel like opening up! I was completely lost in overwhelm!

This is not a new feeling… or occurrence in my life, I mean… life is hard right… and for some reason locking yourself away and binge watching reality TV shows doesn’t really make it better… I mean it is easier… but in life; easier rarely means better! Even though life seems to get a little more complicated the older you get, there is an upside to getting old! Experience! As I get older I start to see patterns and this is extremely helpful as now I am starting to recognize those little red flags that I’m getting lost and need to get back on track.

You forget about self care

When I am stressed and feeling overwhelmed I completely forget about me! I start overthinking about everything else and forget to take the time to look after my physical and mental health. Self care is not something that comes naturally to me… But boy do I feel better and more inspired when I take the time to do it… and not just every now and then but everyday! When I get overwhelmed I forget to prioritise exercise, I stop doing the daily practices I set in place that make me feel good. Its starts with waking up a little later, telling myself “one day off won’t hurt… two days off won’t hurt… the rest will do me good, I need more rest I’m so tired” and then next minute I’ve forgotten my exercise routine, the dogs have mistaken my boxing gloves for chew toys (I mean I’m not using them… so fair enough), my bed time is non-existent and getting to sleep is impossible!    

Your routine gets out of whack

My self care is all tied up with my routines! So once the self care is out, next my daily routine is out! My house gets messy, my washing piles up and I’m running around like a headless chicken, so confused why I have no time to keep my shit together like a normal functioning adult! I have a love/hate relationship with routine, I like structure but also feel a little manic when there is too much of it, so it has always been a struggle of mine to find that balance… but when I get lost in overwhelm *imagine devil voice* chaos rules! The little systems I put in place to stay on track, disappear and I don’t notice until I have watched an entire season of Ru Paul’s Drag Race in two days and I’m surrounded by empty ice-cream containers and have no clean clothes to wear to work tomorrow…

You get lost in negative thoughts

With my self care non-existent and my routines inconsistent my brain has all the time in the world to start taking over! I lay in bed and go over all of the conversations I’ve had, all of the decisions I’ve ever made and make up stories about how all of the wrong choices and paths I’ve taken will play out in the future and then all of a sudden my life is over, I’ve missed all of the possible opportunities because there is no time and I’m planning how pink I want my funeral to be! The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts… I read that once and it has stuck with me ever since, I mean… it’s kind of common sense right? If you are constantly focusing on the bad things, well… then your life is going to feel bad! Where if you learn to acknowledge the bad thoughts and not dwell in them, then there is more time to focus on the good thoughts, which in turn… make you feel good! But when life gets stressful and less black and white it can be difficult to do this and then your thoughts start spiraling out of control, and… hello overwhelm! The moment I start getting all negative Nancy is usually the moment I think back and notice the other red flags… and then here we are…

Getting lost isn’t the end of the world, but seeing the red flags is the first step to finding your way back…

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Monthly Magic April 2018

Monthly Magic April 2018

Monthly Magic April 2018

This month has been a whirlwind 🌪 I am so grateful for all of the wonderful ways life continues to be amazing even when at times you feel it’s crazy! I love this time of the month because I get to reflect and remember all of the days, moments and people that made my month amazing! 💖🙏 I am so grateful April for friends who are pretty much family, for smiles and coffee, for pinky purple skies, for drinks with friends who are always happy to selfie with me 🤳🏻 for dog cuddles (especially when hungover 😵) for creative Sunday’s with creative souls, for lunch time walks by the river and weekends spent lazing on the beach, for sun and icy sippy cups, for Golden retrievers and organised meet ups, for bike rides and crews who are keen for adventures for Labrador smiles, for collaborations and creative outlets, for new friends and the hashtag that bought us all together #thesoulechosocial 💖 and lastly I am grateful that I am alive, healthy and have pink hair again! 💖🙏 #pinkparrimonthlyreview

Reading

The Life of Less – Cait Flanders

I hadn’t read Cait’s blog before I found this book, but after reading it I have been scrolling her archives and am hooked! Her blog is full of posts about living slow, budgets and her thoughts and feelings on life! The year of less is focused on a time in her life when she decided to start a year long shopping ban! Reading this book was really inspiring and got me note taking for future projects I want to do! I may not be in the right place to do a year long shopping ban (just yet), but being more focused on my finances is definitely on the project list… being more focused in general is on the list too!    

Watching

The True Cost – Netflix

Subconsciously I think I had been putting off watching this… when I clicked the watch now and automatically felt sick… I realised I didn’t want to watch this because I didn’t want to accept that cheap clothing has a price… I didn’t want to admit that I am a part of the problem… and part of me believed if I didn’t watch it… I could just ignore it! I can’t… 

I purchase most of my clothes from the kids section at K-Mart or Big W! It means I can get a dress for $15 instead of $50, which means that I spend less money on clothes… so why wouldn’t I!? Except when I re-assessed my closet and shopping situation, I found this was not actually the case… when I buy the cheap clothing I still seem to spend the $50-$100 anyway, Yes I get a lot more for my dollar… but is more what I really want? 

After spending the last 3 or so years in a continuous declutter phase… I realise no, I am tired of decluttering, I just want it to be decluttered already! I need to learn how to maintain… and how can I justify saving a few dollars when I know people are being taken advantage of! That’s why I clicked watch now, that’s why I felt sick and that’s why I wrote down maintain an ethical wardrobe in my Pink Parri Passion Project list!

Listening

TED Radio Hour

Every morning on my morning commute (I walk & bus into work) I like to either read a book, listen to a podcast or watch an inspirational YouTube video on the way. On the mornings that I just can’t or don’t want to think about what to choose, I listen to the TED Radio Hour! It’s such an interesting and thought provoking way to start the day, the subjects range from exploring deep space to rethinking medicines to how art changes us! The format is an hour of interviews from previous TED Talkers and snippets of their TED talks on what ever the subject is for the hour! In April I listened to ‘The Meaning of Work’ ‘Everything is Connected’ & ‘Comfort Zones’.  

Pink Parri Passion Project

Bad Witch Workout Challenge

Yay! I have completed my first Pink Parri Passion Project! For the first one I decided to start with a mini project, something short quick and easy to check off the project list (checking off lists makes me feel good ok)! With the mornings getting cooler my morning routine starts to get skipped more and more, which results in skipping my workouts, which results in a shift in my mood and motivation, so I decided my first mini project would be committing to getting my workout routine happening again!

A fun challenge that I have been wanting to do for a while now is Gala Darling’s Bad Witch Workout, so I signed up and used this as my motivation to get moving! The first day was putting my intention out there for all of Instagram to see! Easy peasy! The 2nd day I didn’t actually do anything as the email arrived around 2pm and I like to do my workouts in the morning, what I should of done is wake up and do one of my own workouts that morning… but I didn’t… I snoozed to the very last minute and rushed around getting ready for work like a headless chicken! (Poor chicken)!  So the next day was my real day 2, I put on the Bad Witch playlist on spotify (a nice little addition to the challenge!) Watched the video for a refresher on the moves and then got to it! There were three rounds and even though half way through I got a little distracted with my hula hoops and Humphrey (my golden retriever) I still finished and then even did a little boxing workout afterwards!  The next few days were simple and fun and the challenge in all was a success! If you want a little workout refocus you should head over to the @BadWitchWorkout for a little inspo!  

Crushing

Last weekend I attended the very first #thesoulechosocial event! There were drinks and cake and gorgeous souls! It was just lovely and I very highly recommend going to the next one! During the social I got to meet so many awesome babes and am crushing over all of their social accounts! If you want to crush over some gorgeous accounts check out these gorgeous girls (just to name a few) <3 

@whatkristacaptures capturing magic and colourful travel photos! @seedbyash making over beauty brands one by one! @jeanbag recycling jeans to make gorgeous homewares @gabriellarosie One gorgeous bad ass babe creating amazing and empowering art! @caitlynwithoutfear Art, honesty and living without fear & @theshineyapproach (possible name change… watch this space) 

 

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Pink Parri Passion Projects

Pink Parri Passion Projects

Pink Parri Passion Projects

Sometimes the pressure of life overwhelms me, I mean I know that no-one’s life is perfect and I know that I have it pretty darn good, but sometimes it’s just so hard to keep on top of everything, keep the house tidy so I feel happy and not dragged down by mess, eat healthy so I am full of energy, workout so I feel strong and powerful, be creative so I feel content, manage my finances so I am set up, enjoy the simple things so I appreciate my life and the people in it, sleep better, breathe better, weed the yard, look after my fur babies, make my boyfriend laugh oh man the list could go on forever! These are the things I obsess write about in my personal One Note, I list ideas, books to read, hacks to try and track all of the attempts I take at trying to make my life easier… Writing these things down is just one way that I ease the stress of trying to be a functioning adult… but sometimes all of the words and ideas and lists can also be overwhelming! That is why I started this blog! I want to sort my brain out, structure my ideas, work on my focus and slow down! 

A few years ago, I got slightly obsessed with finding my passion! Thanks to good old Google everywhere I went on the internet was plastered with the word Passion! (I mean that’s what happens when you obsess over things on the internet..) Find your passion, follow your passions, do something you are passionate about, passion, ah what is my passion!? I spent a good chunk of time trying to figure out what my passion was… until I realised… I don’t need to add finding my life’s passion to my list of already growing stresses! 

 

Passion doesn't have to be something you need to find or choose before you can enjoy your life...

AND finding your passion, doesn’t mean that is going to be your passion forever, things change, interests change so why obsess on finding that one thing to be happy and instead just focus on whatever is making me happy right now!

My One Note is pretty special to me, it’s where I go to download and plan pretty much everything in my life! The Pink Parri Passion Projects tab is where I go when I think of a new project to start! It’s where I started taking notes for Bomb Chicka Fizz Fizz (my online Fizz Biz), my 2016 wardrobe capsule and a whole heap of ideas for other projects that I want to do! The list grows quickly and some of them have been on the to do list for way too long… and some I have started but half-assed and/or not finished! That is why I have decided to start sifting through all of the lists, ideas and mix in a few of the more boring ‘to do’s’ that I have been collecting like Pokémon cards instead of actually being an adult and completing! It’s time to slow down and complete one project at a time (instead of jumping from project to project)! Some will be fun, some will be boring, some will be small and some will be a bit bigger, but I plan to track each one of them here on the blog! I don’t want to set any guidelines or list them at the start, the only rules I am giving myself is to take one at a time and to share the steps and/or my thoughts with guys!          

That’s all for now! Just a little insight into my thought process behind a few upcoming projects/experiments I will be sharing with you this year and to announce my plan on slowing down (just a little) into the universe! 

Keep an eye out for my first mini project (well this one is one of a challenge) on instagram! A fun workout challenge I have been wanting to do for a while now! @Badwitchchallenge  

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Creating a big fat juicy dream life

Creating a big fat juicy dream life

Creating a big fat juicy dream life

When I was younger I wanted to be an actor, I wanted to be an actor so much that I actually didn’t focus on anything else. I ignored the other classes at school, I scrapped by with mid-range to low grades, except in Drama and Art and left school with a pretty shocking OP score! But none of that worried me! I was so focused on being an actor that in my mind I didn’t need anything else! Now I am not really sure were that desire came from or why I thought shutting any other goal or possible path out was a good idea… (It wasn’t, it was a terrible idea!) but, I did… and when it didn’t work out (which was totally my own fault… another story for another time) it hurt, I had failed my big dream… now I didn’t really know what to do… So I stopped dreaming big and focused on something smaller. I still planned and set goals, just not the type of goals that set you up for life, I stuck to the goals that helped me feel free, I didn’t want to be tied down by a life plan or a 5 year plan or even a 3 year plan! Those were stupid and boring and I didn’t need them! I wanted to take each day as it came and focus on having fun… I traveled, I drank and I partied hard! I don’t regret the travel and I don’t regret the partying, but I do regret letting my self doubt stop me from dreaming bigger, I regret not thinking ahead about my future, I regret not getting my shit together when it comes to money and I regret settling for the status quo.

Now that I’m a little older (and I would like to say wiser… without sounding lame… which I am not sure is possible… so I put it in brackets with this disclaimer instead), I have found myself in a position where I am not where I want to be in life… seems planning ahead is not stupid… or boring… it’s pretty important! It’s taken me a few years to figure out that’s what this feeling is… but I am there, this wasn’t supposed to be my life… this wasn’t the plan… Oh hang on… that’s right here was no plan! Well no longer! It’s time to push aside fear, accept that life is full of win and fail moments and put on my big girl panties and dream big baby!

I want to think of a big fat juicy dream life and then work backwards and find out how the hell I can live there!

I started by sitting down and really thinking about what I want, where I want my life to be in 3 years time, 5 years time and longer! I really tried to be as creative as possible and not leave any thought or idea off the page, anything I thought I wrote down.  A couple of ways I got these thoughts out of my head and on to paper was with some mind mapping and a good range of lists.

Mind Mapping 

I picked a year and then created a mind map for how I want my life to look in that year! The year I chose was 2020 (can you believe that’s only 3 years time… yikes!), then I mind mapped my little heart out! Mind mapping is fun! I learnt how to do this at work, but it can really be used for any situation, not just for work purposes! They are really a great way to get a visual of the bigger picture (something I am great at in my work life and have been a little rubbish at in my personal life). I like to start with a big piece of paper and colourful pens or online in One Note adding colourful pictures and links! Here’s how I mind map: 

  • Add your central idea in the center of the page (for this mind map I added my age in 2020)
  • Then draw and label some branches from your central idea (I created 7 branches, each labelled for a different section of my life)
  • Now your branch becomes a tree of all of the thoughts and ideas you have in relation to each branch, I like to use pictures and keywords here (hopefully my example below gives you the right idea)

This is just a little example of my mind map, go crazy, write everything you can think of! 

A Good Range of Lists

Here’s a list of lists that I created!

  • What do I want in life
  • How do I want to feel in life
  • Where do I see myself living
  • What roles do I play in this life
  • What does a day in my perfect life look like
  • Who am I spending this life with
  • How do I make money in this life
  • What are the most important things to me in this life

Now I have my dream life written down in a few different ways, I can refer back to these lists (along with my values) when I am ready to set my next round of goals… but I’m not quite ready yet… Before that, I want to play around with vision boards! I want to create one for each area of my life (the main branches in my mind map) to help me focus on the right things throughout the year and be a visual reminder of what I want my life to feel like! As I create these I want to save (and update when needed) as story highlights on my insta @inburstsofcolour so I can look at them whenever I need a little boost of motivation!

Pop over and have a look if you need a little inspo or motivation too!  

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Monthly Magic March 2018

Monthly Magic March 2018

March Ispirations

I am so grateful for March! A month full of fun work days and weekends filled with friends, family & of course dogs! 💖🐕 #pinkparrimonthlyreview

Reading

Fuck Feelings by Michael Bennett & Sarah Bennet

I’m maybe half way through this one so far (still) and am currently on the fence… I am loving the humor, but not really feeling the pessimistic view point… I mean I am an absolute optimist! So reading from a pessimistic view is a little hard… but I am keeping an open mind and just trying to take in all of the practical advice… and ignore the rest! I also usually read all of my self development books first by audio and then again in book form (for the ones I like) but I didn’t with this book… so I wonder if that has anything to do with it…

Watching

Ru Paul’s Drag Race All Stars

Ok, so I am seeing a little theme with my TV binging… Man am absolutely loving watching the All Stars do their thang! So much fun! AND less bitchy than I thought it would be, which I really like (I mean can’t we all just be friends and support each other people!? YAAAASSS) 

I just finished Season 2 (of the All Stars) and Alyssa, Alaska and Detox were my absolute FAVES!! I love all of the outfits and comedy and runway looks! So so so good!  

Listening

How to Fail Podcast

Ahhhh this podcast has popped up just when I needed it! (Thanks google for always knowing my deepest darkest thoughts and secrets! Hahaha) This pod is hosted by two women based in Pittsburgh, PA who interview women who are working hard at being their own boss. How to fail is creating an open conversation about failing and “shining a light on the shadowy stigma of talking about failure.” Absolutely what I needed in my life right now… and if you struggle with not being awesome 100% of the time too… then you should check this pod out! 

Experimenting

Accepting Failure

I have been feeling like a bit of a failure recently, I mean it is screwing with my brain right now and I am starting to see it’s affect on my self confidence! After taking almost a full month to put this blog out there because I was self conscious of it being shit or it being to personal or that people will judge me because I am starting another blog, I realised I would never of second guessed myself like this a few years ago! I have always been pretty confident and not really cared what others thought when it comes to expressing my creativity… but over the years I have failed a lot… BUT I need to remember that I actually fail a lot because I’m not too afraid to try! 

So over March every time I catch myself feeling like a failure, feeling not good enough, holding back on being my silly self or whenever I catch myself dwelling on a personal failure, I have been trying to be just a little less harsh on myself! I stop visualise something silly, maybe like an image of myself as a Bitmoji in a pink Sherlock Holmes get up (yes I have a pipe… but it doesn’t blow smoke… it blows bubbles!) Then ask myself, why am I dwelling on this? Are these thoughts even valid? Am I just hungover? If they are valid, what can I learn from them? How will I move forward from this?

Every time I have done it so far, the silly visual in my head at the start forces a little smirk out of me, this pushes me out of self pity mode… even if sometimes the smirk is an embarrassed smirk from coming up with this silly idea, it makes me feel silly… which then reminds me that self pity is silly! Ah all the sillies! I also feel like digging a little deeper into the failure and trying to connect it to a lesson makes me feel like the failure was kinda worth it OK not worth it but at least not a total waste of time!

Crushing

The Soul Echo

When starting this blog, I, of course headed straight to Instagram to set up a new account! It’s just the perfect place to go when I want inspiration, motivation and a way to connect with like minded people. So while scrolling for new insta blog friends I came across The Soul Echo, a gorgeous Brisbane Photographer whose instagram bursts with colour (mostly pink – which if you know me is my absolute fave) and who kicking butt in business and life! Seriously go follow her for gorgeous photography of Brisbane city, peeps and DOGS are the best!! Also keep an eye out for her super cute, real and inspiring Instagram stories! Loving what she is putting down… or picking up what she is putting down… you know what I mean!

Now go! 

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Are you living life in line with your values?

Are you living life in line with your values?

Are you living life in line with your values?

In my last post Changing your life starts with a plan, one of the places I wanted to start exploring was personal values. I have come across setting personal values quite a few times in plenty of self help resources and think it’s a great place to start! 

First up, what even are personal values?

Ok so below are a few points on what I understand values to be:

The principles you stand for personally
Your beliefs and attitude to life
What is fundamentally important to you and makes you feel fulfilled

Your personal values are kinda created in the background while you go on your merry little way living life.. They can be formed from experiences you have had, family background, spiritual beliefs, stuff you have witnessed and a whole range of reasons that your mind or soul (lets not get too deep) has attached value to..

Why do I need to know this?

You know that feeling you have when you have no idea where you are going or what you are doing and life is just not living up to what you thought it would be!? (I mean you know I do… That’s why I’m here) well that feeling can happen when some of the actions you are taking in life don’t align with your values.

Ok, so if I already have values... What are they?!

There are plenty of resources around that can help you figure this out… For free! Online! I’ll link a few resources that I found super helpful at the end of this post! But here’s a quick list of how I figured out what mine are (keeping in mind, this isn’t the only way): 

  • Lists – I looked at lists of values in self help books, listened to pods and searched online lists by googling personal values.
  • Gut feeling – I then selected 10 values that resonated with me, I tried not to over think this and just went for the ones that felt right.
  • Value – I wrote the ten words on a sheet of paper and then numbered each word with a number from 1 to 10, 1 being the most important.  
  • Connect – I then connected any of the words that were kinda the same with each other e.g. Health & Energy or Relationships and Affection.
  • Reflect – I then cut the list to my top 5, this took a long time thinking each word through and looking back on choices and goals I have made in the past. 

My Values

For me, they ended up being:

  • Physical & Mental Health / Energy
  • Tolerance / Positivity
  • Relationships / Affection  ​
  • Freedom / Security

Why I chose the 5 I chose

When I look back on the goals I set for myself over the years and different choices I have made in the past and when I sat and thought about the things that make me happy and the things that make angry I could see connections to these words! I could see that I chose tolerance because when someone judges me or judges others that pisses me off! The opposite to judgement… Tolerance! Every year I set myself physical and mental health focused goals, which connects to the value of Health! I also set a lot of my goals around fun, starting new hobbies, spending more time with my friends, starting projects, taking photos, these all come back to creativity and pleasure, so on and so on…

What now?

So… now I know my values, great! But what now? Well! Now you get to make sure everything you put your focus and energy into this year fits in with and aligns to your values baby! Hell yeah!

Oh, how?… well… stick around while I try and figure that out!

In the mean time check out these cool resources that have helped me get started!

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Monthly Magic February 2018

Monthly Magic February 2018

Pink Parri Monthly Review

Well Feb it’s been a blast 🙏 Thanks to baseball games, beers and buddies! 🙏 Thanks to summer, rashies and big smiles! 🙏 Thanks to great friends, collaborations and the inspiring women who shape my world 🙏 Thanks to hunky Boyfriends, musical dates and the sweetest fun quest for roses! 🙏 Thanks to family birthday adventures, holograms and a super cute fun family! 🙏 Thanks to chicken parmies bigger than my head, the new queer eye and braces… for making ice cream almost an everyday treat instead of sometime treat! 😁😂🍦#peaceout✌ #pinkparrimonthlyreview

Every month for the last 3 years I have done a #pinkparrimonthly review on Instagram (see pic and caption above). My monthly review consists of a collage made with photos from the previous month that bring me the most joy and a little post with thanks to all of the great moments and feelings and people in my life!

This little habit is actually more about gratitude than it is about actually reviewing what happened during the month, I spend a good 10-15 min reviewing what fun things I have done the past month and what made my month great! This little ritual has always made me feel good and reminds me of all of the amazing little moments in my life. Now I am starting this blog, I thought it may be cool to add another monthly tradition, this one more about sharing, what I have spent my time on for the month! What am I reading, watching, listening to, experimenting with and who am I insta crushing on right now! 

So we may as well start with Feb!

Reading

The reason I read this book was a friend had told me about the TV show and said it was great! Now I’m the type of person that just must read the book first, so I did… And then I also watched the TV show! I think the part that creeped me out and interested me the most was Margaret Atwood’s statement about the book; “I delayed writing [The Handmaid’s Tale] for about three years after I got the idea because I felt it was too crazy, then two things happened. I started noticing that a lot of the things I thought I was more or less making up were now happening, and indeed more of them have happened since the publication of the book.”

Watching

So everyone who follows me on Facebook already knows I binged watched the new Queer eye on Netflix! It was gorgeous! I cried I laughed and I just wanted those gorgeous men to come to my house… Like now! My fave is…. all of them!! YAAASSS GURL! If you haven’t watched it yet… Go what are you waiting for!! Oh wait, read the rest of this post first though… Please…

Listening

I only started listening to The Slow Home Podcast in January, even though it actually started in 2015! Yes… I was a little slow to the trend (see what I did there). Ok enough bad puns… I really love the idea of exploring the slow home idea further and finding my own way to quit the “keeping up with Joneses” as Brooke from the podcast would say! I suggest checking it out, I have a feeling these pods may inspire a few blog posts to come! Thanks Brooke! 

Experimenting

Ok… so I have to admit that’s not my adorable habit tracker in the picture… mine is a little more messy at this stage… but hey! I’m only new at this whole habit tracking thing! I have been habit tracking since January, it can be a little tedious, but may be worth it, I think I will continue for a few more months to see. 

Crushing

Ok so I have been online crushing on Gala Darling for years! But this blog is new baby! So I thought who best to be my first blog crush announcement! Ok so firstly when I say crush, I mean I admire the fuck out of her! She is a kick ass babe who works hard for what she wants and doesn’t let anyone stand in her way (especially herself!) I was lucky enough to actually listen to her speak in person in Feb and even meet her briefly. She was as kick ass as expected and incredibly sweet.  

So there you have it! My first Monthly Review post for the blog! 

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Changing your life starts with a plan

Changing your life starts with a plan

Changing your life starts with a plan

At my day job, they like to say a goal without a plan is just a wish and even though this is a line directly off a motivational poster, that doesn’t make it less true! I have been setting goals for as long as I can remember, I still own my childhood journals which were full of goals like wearing pink fairy wings to my formal, having pink hair and meeting Drew Barrymore… And most of the goals I wrote, I actually achieved… Except for meeting Drew Barrymore… But hey! I still have time! Ok my point, my point is, this time goal setting isn’t the problem… The problem is I have no idea what I want! I mean, yeah I have a rough idea of what I think I want, I want my job to be fulfilling, I want kids, I want to live in bursts of colour (duh that’s why I called this blog that) BUT what does that even mean? 

This year, I intend to find out! I intend to change my life with a plan! 

Ok, so there is my big bold statement… Now where do I start?!

I have decided to start this project by learning a bit more about myself, I figure (meaning I have read in plenty a self help book) that to know what I really want out of life, I need to reconnect with who I am again first… To do that I am going to look inside… Firstly, inside my mind by exploring my values and learning more about the roles I play in life and how I want to show up to the people I play those roles to… Secondly, inside my home by jumping on trend and exploring this whole simplifying thing… 

This is a pic of the Kikki-K special edition of the book I am totally about to mention below… keep reading

Values

I mean what are my values!? Should that be something I just already know? Ummmm I value the colour pink… But seriously, what matters to me, what beliefs and ideas do I have and hold important in life? A great book to help you figure it all out is The Life Plan, by Shannah Kennedy, I picked up her book a few years ago and skim read it… (sorry Shannah) I mean I got the pretty version from Kikki-K and I had some real anxiety about ruining it by completing the activities and writing in the book… So I kinda just skimmed it and did a few of the activities and wrote them out in a notepad… But this time I promise Shannah I am going to complete the book start to finish (I’m totes going to do the actual writing in a notepad still though… Cause the books so gosh darn pretty)!

This is Archie, I’m his human… and I think I do pretty well in that role

Roles

Another thing I have been reading a lot about lately is defining your roles in life. Roles like; mother, business owner, daughter or friend etc etc.. Taking responsibility for the roles you play and taking a deeper look at which relationships are connected to each role and how you show up in these roles, sounds like a great way to learn more about yourself and figure out if you actually even want to play the part you have given yourself in this play called life! I want to become more intentional about the roles I currently play and align my goals and priorities around these roles.

De-cluttering books is my weakness

Simplify

I started this process last year after reading Marie Kondo’s book The Magical Art of Tidying. This book really helped me get past a few issues I had on holding on to things that I was not using and only holding on to because I felt bad! But I have realised this year that even though I have almost mastered the art of getting rid of things… I still really need to master the art of buying less… and I really need to start the process a second time and de-clutter the shizz nizz out of my house AGAIN (especially my wardrobe)!

So! There you have it the first steps to my master grand plan!

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