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Organising your Space (Part 2): Limiting Clutter

“Simplicity is complexity resolved.” - Constantin Brancusi In Part One of my Organising your Space series, I spoke about how to clear out your personal space by taking a good, hard look at what you own, pairing down what you actually need and use and letting go of unwanted items. In Part Two of this series, I am going to walk you through a few suggestions for keeping your personal space clear. By laying out a few guidelines in advance,…

Has Instagram changed our perception of health and beauty?

Gone are the days where social media was simply a way to catch up with friends or see what they were up to a Friday night. Numerous social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, have now transcended this simple connection to friends and family and become an entirely separate virtual reality - one that is becoming as important to many people as their actual "offline" lives. Social media has clearly had a major impact on our personal lives and…

Organising your Space (Part 1): Clearing Out

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” - Leonardo da Vinci I have always considered myself to be an organised person. However, over the past few years, I became incredibly aware of the amount of stuff I was accumulating. One honest look at my environment and I knew that my life was becoming far too overcrowded with unnecessary clutter. Many of these things I acquired by my own free will (I’m looking at you online sales). Nonetheless, it made me question – Do…

Fitness trackers: worth the splurge?

You may have noticed that, more and more, people are swapping their traditional watches for high-tech wristbands and smartwatches.  As technology progresses, wearable devices are no longer just for elite athletes. They are becoming a big part of our everyday lives. Whether you are about to start your fitness journey or are already sticking to those New Year’s resolutions, you may be wondering if a fitness tracker is a worthwhile investment in your wellbeing. The wearable technology industry is rapidly…

Bikini Body Guide: Another Fitness FAD or Worth a Try?

Photo courtesy of Kayla Itsines - kaylaitsines.com It may not feel like it, but Spring has officially started (at least as far as meteorologists are concerned)! Although we may still be hiding a multitude of sins under our baggy jumpers, many of us will soon be searching for the new perfect diet and exercise regimen to get those perfect “crop-top worthy” abs and “skinny jeans worthy” legs. Not to mention that the summer holidays are now just few months away! Soon, we’ll all start…

The Kindred Guide to Better Sleep

Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. -Ralph Waldo Emerson How is it that you can feel tired all day long, but somehow, once you hit the pillow at night, it becomes nearly impossible to nod off? Other days, sleep may come easily, but then you may wake, in the middle of the night, unable to find your way back to restful slumber. Chronic stress, lack of work-life balance and increased…

The Kindred Guide to Mindful Eating

Can mindfulness help us control food cravings and lose weight? 2015 seemed to be the year we were all encouraged to be more mindful. Our eating habits did not escape this new way of thinking. What is it? Mindful eating involves increased awareness of what we are eating. It aims to turn us off autopilot and allows us to make informed decisions about what, where and why we eat. It isn’t about limiting what we eat, or telling us what is…

Review – I Am Here Now: A Creative Mindfulness Guide + Journal

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgementally” Jon Kabat-Zinn Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, I would wager that you have heard the word ‘mindfulness’ thrown around quite a bit lately. From meditation weekends to adult colouring books, the practice of mindfulness appears to be an ageless antidote for the stresses of modern living. There are an array of mindfulness books on the market, particularly as this…

How to prepare for weight loss…

Often people think Dietitians are naturally blessed with a fast metabolism and find it easy to be slim. Well, I am not one of these people. I know first-hand how difficult it is to lose weight,and more importantly keep it off.  In fact losing 10% of my body weight in my twenties is what attracted me to the profession. I understand first-hand the amazing effect weight loss can have on your life but also the effort required each and every…

Productivity for Beginners

If you’re anything like me, you find yourself continually struggling with that ‘to do’ list. Perhaps there isn’t enough time in the day or maybe you are simply searching for that surge of inspiration to make a start. One thing is certain - productivity can be a difficult thing to achieve. While I do not claim to hold all of the answers, I have spent years exploring how to become a more productive person. I am an undeniable procrastinator it’s…