An Open Letter To My Dad

Yo Daddy-o. I can’t believe it’s been four years since I lost you. To this day whenever I hear a funny story or joke, I want to call you at your office and have a quiet giggle with you. I know how much you enjoyed those calls as they would…
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5 Ways To Enjoy Life Again When You Feel Like You're Stuck In A Rut

Isn't it time to enjoy life again? When we get comfortable with what we're doing and we stop challenging ourselves, thoughts or actions - we become paralysed. We feel like we have become stuck in a rut. And that's when we start the feeling…
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3 Easy Ways To Enjoy A Positive Mindset

Follow my blog with Bloglovin In today's post, I will be sharing with my 3 Easy Ways To Enjoy A Positive Mindset. Having a positive mindset can do absolute wonders for your day. You will find yourself progressing through menial tasks such…
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3 Easy And Valuable Tips To Help Increase Your Happiness

How can we manage to stay positive each and every day? Well, the truth is you can’t. To increase your happiness, you can strive for a positive outlook but you must be aware that being happy all of the time is somewhat delusional.   Bad…
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Creating Your Passionate Life One Step At A Time

  Creating Your Passionate Life One Step At A Time This time of year makes for a very stressful time for so many of us. We have to worry about catching up with friends and family, attend social events, do our Christmas shopping, wrap…

Today Is World Gratitude Day!

Did you know that today the 21st of September, the world celebrates World Gratitude Day? There is still some time left in the day for you to plan how you want to celebrate. "The celebration of World Gratitude Day started in Hawaii in 1965 when…

5 Ways To Find Instant Calm

Tension and anxiety go hand in hand. We all suffer from it at some point in our lives, but it’s how we respond to it that is important. Try the following 5 ways to find instant calm when you feel anxious or can’t relax. 1. Take the information…

5 Easy Ways To Enjoy Self Care Without The Guilt

Self Care is something we tend to neglect because we are too busy or feel that it's too much of an indulgence. But did you know that self care is so important for us to live a healthy, happy life? So what can you do NOW to enjoy some self care…
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Your Essential Guide To Work Life Balance

In our current society it seems to be all work and no play. But, the big question is - why are we agreeing to live our lives in that way? Why are we spending the best years of our lives working so damn hard when we should be spending some of…

6 Steps I Have Taken To Find My Passionate Life - Part 2

Here we are, finally settled into our new digs. Let me tell you, these past few weeks have been a very challenging time. But what is a life without it’s challenges when aiming to live Your Passionate Life, right? *Check out Part 1 HERE Trying…
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6 Steps I Have Taken To Find My Passionate Life

So often we say we want to live our most Passionate Life right? What steps have you taken? The following is 6 Steps I Have Taken To Find My Passionate Life. Those of you who know me know that I have made the BIG MOVE to living my Passionate…

Rediscover Your Inner Child

So many of us forget what it's like to be young, child-like and fancy free. With no responsibilities or stress happening in our lives. The best way to feel young and stress free is to rediscover your inner child. But, how do I do this (without…

Moving On!

Every year, it's becoming more and more difficult. I struggle terribly with the cold, miserable winters of Melbourne. My health suffers, my mood suffers, I become utterly miserable. I don't go out, I don't exercise, I never enjoy the fresh,…

7 Ways To Become a Tourist in Your Hometown

When was the last time you enjoyed all that your hometown had to offer? Have you ever visited the local attractions? Have you enjoyed the exhibitions and markets on offer? No? Well, let me show you 7 Ways To Become A Tourist In Your Hometown. 1.…

Feeling Thankful

Today being ANZAC Day is a day to realise how thankful I am for everything our ancestors have done to ensure our country remains free from war and conflict. Today is the day where I am feeling thankful.   ANZAC DAY (Australia and…

5 Reasons Why You Should Try Salt Therapy

5 Reasons Why You Should Try Salt Therapy I enjoyed my first session of Salt Therapy yesterday and I can absolutely say that I had the most amazing nights sleep last night. I found myself going to bed early and only waking once during the night.…

Launching ~ The Sleep Edition

Finally, The Sleep Edition is ready for launch! After months of preparation I am finally ready to launch The Sleep Edition! But, what is The Sleep Edition? Flexible 12 week self study program for shift workers, busy professionals and stressed…

7 Ways To Get More Of What You Want

How To Get More Of What You Want?  What do you want more of? Do you want more Happiness? Do you want more Passion? Do you want more Inner Peace? Great, but how do you go about getting what you want without seeming selfish? Is it really possible…

Give Compliments, Accept Compliments.

Why does giving and accepting compliments need to be so hard? Most people like to receive compliments and praise but some people feel downright uncomfortable when they receive a compliment. So, why is it that someone enjoys receiving compliments…
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Be Kind To Yourself

When was the last time you were kind to yourself? Are you feeling utterly exhausted? Do you feel mentally or physically drained? Does your body ache? Are your muscles sore? Are you struggling with negative thoughts? Did you know that…

5 Awesome Ways to Gain Happiness

Happiness doesn't always depend on your material wealth, status or career, but often on other, more emotional aspects. So what can you do to increase or gain happiness in your life? Here are 5 awesome ways to gain happiness. Find the Silver…

What Would It Take For You To Be Truly HAPPY?

How HAPPY are you really? What would it take for you to be truly HAPPY? It's sometimes surprising to people that having material things don't always buy happiness.... HAPPY  makes a compelling argument that when basic necessities like…
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New Years Resolution - Enjoy a Passionate Life

The beginning of a New Year often brings feelings of guilt and failure for so many. At this time, people find themselves forming a New Years Resolution in the hope of redeeming themselves. Almost half of the population will make a New Years…

Playtime is for Everyone

Playtime isn't just for kids. Playtime is for everyone! When did our spare time become all about entertainment rather than good old PLAYTIME? Remember the days when you would spend sunny days outdoors, playing on swings, riding your bicycle…
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Dealing With Holiday Stress

The Holiday Season can be extremely stressful for so many of us (including me). There is so much going on. Purchasing gifts (expensive) catching up with family you may not have seen in months, parties, shopping, cooking, cleaning and more.…
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How Do You Deal With Change?

How Do You Deal With Change? Have you ever found yourself in an uncomfortable situation? Do you suffer through change without so much as a bad word or thought? Or do you let your thoughts and intentions known? Are you someone who likes to…
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Take A Break

Take A Break Have you ever considered how important it is to Take a Break from your every day life? Most of us work 50 out of 52 weeks in the year. So what do you do on your two weeks off? Do you take a well earned vacation? Do you save it…

7 Steps To Living a More Passionate Life

7 STEPS TO LIVING A MORE PASSIONATE LIFE What does living a More Passionate Life mean really? And does living a More Passionate Life mean more happiness? Try these 7 Steps! 1. SPEND MORE ON EXPERIENCES THAN ON MATERIAL ITEMS Ok, I understand…

What Does Your Passionate Life Look Like?

We all want to lead a Passionate Life, right? But what does Your Passionate Life look like? Leading a Passionate Life means different things to different people. Maybe leading a Passionate Life might mean having time to go out each weekend…
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Health Care or Medical Care? Your Choice!

Which would you prefer? Health Care or Medical Care? Given a choice would you rather to be proactive with your health or would you prefer go to the Doctor every time you are ill? Would you prefer to live a healthy lifestyle and insure your…
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Fabulous Flu Remedies

Fabulous Flu Remedies Winter is well and truly gone now but some of us (yep, me) have been unfortunate to contract the flu. Silly me, I failed to get my flu shot this year. Serves me right! Meanwhile, trying to stay positive and continuing…

Wellness with Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Have you ever enjoyed the scent of fresh lemon, the beautiful aroma…

Learning To Live With Less

LEARNING TO LIVE WITH LESS Take a look around you. How much stuff do you have that you rarely use or even know why you bought it?  Maybe start with your wardrobe. How many items of clothing do you have that you either no longer wear or have…
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How To Improve Your Mood With Essential Oils

Want to improve your mood? Try essential Oils! How do you feel when you breathe in the aroma of a beautiful flower? Do you like the smell of freshly cut grass? What does the smell of fresh lemon do for your mood? Did you know that humans can…

Welcome to the Passionate Life Project!

Welcome to the Passionate Life Project!  Creating balance between the life you have and the life you desire. About Passionate Life Project Passionate Life Project came about when I realised that so many women are so busy living their…

Great Health & Fitness Christmas Gifts

It's that time of year again and time to think about gifts for your friends and family members. If you are looking for health and fitness for gifts this Christmas, some of the following might be just what you are after. LORNA JANE DIARY…

Burpees - An exercise I Love to Hate

What is it about Burpees that makes most active people break out into a cold sweat? Burpees are one of the best fat burners out there! So why do we avoid them like the plague? Burpees are a popular exercise within the Crossfit…

My Home Gym - Updated!

My Home Gym is always changing. As a shift worker, I find it increasingly difficult to commit to regular classes/sessions at a gym etc. Working out at home is easier and convenient. At least it means I have no excuse for NOT working out! -…

Tough Mudder 2012

OMG! I cannot believe it's almost April and I haven't posted in ages! Well, here's my news! I am taking part in Tough Mudder (Melbourne) on Saturday, four days from now. I managed to blackmail, beg, brainwash ....... some guys I work with…

October Challenge - Sober October

Another month down and now we are in October! Where has the year gone? This month my challenge will be to cut alcohol COMPLETELY for the entire month! OMG! Can I do it? I sure hope so. I think that I have been drinking far too much recently.…

September Challenge - Pedal Power!

Woops! We are almost half way through the month already. Time gets away doesn't it? Anyway, for the month of September I have been more physically and time challenged than ever. In July I realised that my car Registration was due ($650 +) and…

August Challenge - Basic Gymnastics Moves

One thing I remember so vividly from my childhood was how much I LOVED gymnastics. I was lucky enough to be at a school where you could take elective classes such as Art, Sport etc. My choice EVERY term was Gymnastics. We had an awesome teacher…

July Challenge - Chin Ups

I haven't been able to do true chin-ups since I was a kid. A while back I gave myself a challenge to perform perfect chin-ups. At the time I didn't even own a chin-up bar. Going to the nearest playground was my only option and not very convenient. I…

June Challenge - Regular Stretching

I admit it. I have been somewhat slack on the cool down front when performing my exercise program. And strangely, this does not make sense. I love to stretch, I find it relaxing and also invigorating at the same time. Stretching can provide…

May Challenge - Weight Training

Honestly, I don't mind training with weights, I just HATE going to the gym, which would explain why most of my weight training takes place at home with my Kettlebell and Sandbag. But I've realised that I need to lift heavier weights if I am…

April - Food Preparation

I know how important food preparation is. Especially as a shift worker. I work 12 hour shifts and sadly, my workplace does not provide much in the way of healthy foods. Most foods are soaked in oil, not fresh and certainly not too appetising…

March Challenge - Adding Protein

I understand the fundamentals of adding protein to my diet, so my challenge for March is to include Protein with EVERY meal. As I am a shift worker and I am now in the habit of eating 5 - 6 meals per day, so having Protein with each meal, this…

Necessary Lifestyle Changes

As you would know through my previous post I had myself assessed using BioSignature Modulation. Basically this involves taking Body Fat Measurements at 12 different sites of the body. Depending on the site, those with the highest readings are…

BioSignature Modulation

I have recently discovered BioSignature Modulation and I have bitten the bullet (and saved up the necessary cash) and booked myself in for a consultation with Kat Eden. BioSignature  was developed by world-renowned strength coach…

February - Cutting Out Sugar

My Challenge for the month of February is to reduce my Sugar intake. I know how Sugar can be bad for you health. And, it's time I took my health seriously! Fact: Sugar tastes great and sweetened foods tend to make us overeat. Fact: Simple…

January H2O - The Results Are In!

Well, it's finally the end of January and the end of January H2O. How did I go, you may ask? Well, I passed with flying colours by not drinking Coffee for the entire month! As a result, I'm sleeping better and feel marginally less stressed. I…

My New Sandbag!

I had big plans to make my own Sandbag, but bit the bullet and bought one. I figured a bag manufactured especially for Weight Training would be a safer option. My new Sandbag contains 2 x inner bags which can be filled with sand or whatever…

January H2O - The Half Way Mark!

So where am I at with my January H2O Challenge? Not bad, Not bad! Let me just say that my resolve is much stronger than I expected. Out of the 8 or so people involved, only 3 of us remain. The first one dropped out after 4 days! He couldn't…

January H2O

It's nearly 2011, a New Year and a new attitude is required! I am looking forward to setting new monthly challenges and January's challenge has already been set! Challenge number one! The challenge for the month of January is to drink nothing…

Boosting Energy Levels

What do you do to boost your energy levels? I am the typical stress puppy, things get me down very quickly. Combined with shift work, lack of sleep, a less than average diet (which I am working to improve) that I find myself in a very deep hole…

The Benefits Of Yoga

I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed Yoga. I'd practiced it off and on for many years but really haven't practiced much for the last couple of years. Lo and behold, I hurt my back, yet again! I'd been working out quite happily in the gym, squats,…

Eureka Stair Climb

As  I stated in my last blog I planned to take part in the Eureka Stair Climb but a sore back put an end to that. Instead I offered to work as a volunteer on the day. That day was today. I helped out by handing out show bags to competitors…

Staying Positive When The Going Gets Tough......

It seems that this past 2 years have been a challenging and depressing time for me, both health and fitness wise. If I'm not ill, I'm injured. I'll go a few weeks and start gaining fitness only for another obstacle to jump up in my…

How To Alleviate Back Pain

Wouldn't you know it? Once again I find myself in a dilemma. Just over a week ago I hurt my back. In the past I have always gone to Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Doctors and even Massage Therapists to alleviate the pain. NO MORE I say! It…

How Do You Beat Your Cravings?

Well, I am finally back into the rhythm of working out and exercising almost daily. The only obstacle I have now is FOOD! My eating habits leave a lot to be desired. They were pretty good until I fell ill. During my illness I basically ate…

Sandbag Workouts

I've recently discovered Sandbag workouts. To be honest, these workouts are the kind of thing I was doing when still living with my parents. I was busily lugging around bags of chaff and hay bales (my folks own a horse farm) and damn, let me…

How Much Water Is Enough?

I'm a big water drinker. I don't drink soda's (Coke, Sprite etc) unless it's as a mixer with Vodka (which I probably drink too much of as it is..... call me crazy, but I love to have my vodka on hand at the end of a hard working week). Generally…

Learning To Improvise When Injured

There is nothing worse that injury to put a spanner in the works of your workout regime. I've been suffering with a dodgy wrist for months now, so I have had to learn to improvise quite a few exercises. I broke my wrist quite severely when…

My Workouts This Week

So, I managed 7 days straight of workouts, not bad for someone as unfit as I am. Todays workout was as follows: 100 x Skips 5 x Step Ups with 20kg Weight (Left Leg) 100 x Skips 5 x Step Ups with 20kg Weight (Right Leg) 100 x Skips 5…

Taking Time Out For Me!

How often do any of us enjoy complete time out for ourselves? I mean, with jobs, career, family, friends, where do we find the time for those little moments that help us to rejuvenate or relax? I shouldn't talk, I've had plenty of time off…

Perfecting the Pistol

One exercise I honestly thought I would be able to do without too much trouble is the Pistol, more commonly described as a One-Legged or Single Leg Squat. When I've seen others do it, they make it look so easy. Just stand on one leg with the…

My Own Home Gym

I've never been a fan of gyms. Not because I am lazy, but because they are full of people.... Call me anti-social, but I like to do my workouts without an audience. I don't like people looking at me and judging me. Sure, if I need some tips…

Starting From Scratch! Yet Again.......

Ok, here I am, willing and raring to go! It's been weeks since I've done anything physical due to illness. There were times when I thought I was recovering and started working out, only to have a relapse and find myself back in bed feeling…

Finally, Coming Out The Other Side.....

I finally feel like I've made some progress in getting well. I have been sick for about 3 months and this time off from my fitness regime has really taken its toll! I have taken far too many days off work, in fact I've used up all my sick leave…

Back Into It, But Still Needing Motivation..... Help Me!

So I figured the only way I can be accountable for my workouts is to Blog about them. I may not blog on a daily basis but I will attempt to Blog about each workout every few days! As you may realise, I've been ill for a significant amount of…

Motivation: Where Do You Find Yours?

If you've been keeping up to date with my Blogs you might realise that I've been ill for about 2 months! Needless to say I've not exercised for that amount of time. I'm now actually feeling ok. I've started working out again, but, let me tell…

Starting From Scratch

I've been ill for far too long. I have zero energy and every time my heart rate increases I have a nasty attack of the coughs to the point of throwing up! Not nice to hear, I know. I am literally climbing the walls! As much as I can be as lazy…

Getting Back Into It After Illness

I've been sick with a chest infection for almost 3 weeks now. I finally went to the Doctor yesterday and he basically said "rest, NO exercise and lots of sleep". Duh! In the lead up to getting sick I rarely went a night without waking up…

Sugar: Is It Really The Enemy?

In a word, YES. Sugar is the enemy. Sugar is the enemy to my health and also to yours! The reason for this? Sugar increases our blood sugar levels rapidly. This causes the hormone Insulin to be released which then lowers the blood sugar again.…

How Do You Help Someone who Doesn't Want To Be Helped?

I have a wonderful girlfirend who I love to bits. Sadly, I rarely see her these days as she lives in my home town and I now live in the city. She has been a very, very close friend for many years, since High School. (that's about 27 years!) She…

Being Accountable For Your Own Health

It would be so easy to blame someone else for all the chocolate and booze I've consumed recently (yes, Sparkles, I blame you!) But ultimately I have no one but myself to blame! I am struggling with a lack of self control. If I lived alone,…

Oxfam Trailwalker

So I finally took part in the Oxfam Trailwalker 100km. Sadly, I failed to complete it! I started out great, full of confidence, felt fit and well. My "Team" leader seemed to just want to go super fast, and I had no trouble keeping up initially.…

Kettlebell Training

Allow me to introduce......... BRUTUS! BRUTUS is my new kettlebell. And I've called him BRUTUS because he can be totally BRUTAL to work with! As much as I love the Body Weight workouts I've been doing (and the results I've been seeing) I've…

Skipping

I have recently discovered (or I should say re-discovered) skipping. I loved to skip when I was a kid, it was so much fun! There really is an art to skipping and I have been practising my little heart out! Initially I couldn't skip any more…

Yummy Recipe, Vegetable Frittata

I've been doing a bit more cooking of late. Mainly because I am very lazy and will basically eat anything that's available when I'm hungry, regardless of whether it's healthy or not. So, I've realised that if I want to continue being healthy,…

Oxfam Trailwalker

In April of 2010, I am taking part in Oxfam TRAILWALKER - the worlds greatest team endurance event. Our challenge is to walk a 100 km trail from Wheelers Hill to Wesburn Park (near Warburton) in less than 48 hours. We have also pledged to raise…

Tabata Workouts

Tabata Protocol Workouts are awesome if you are short on time and want a fast fat blasting workout! Basically it's four minutes of pain for plenty of gain! It entails 20 seconds of high intensity training followed by 10 seconds rest, for a…

Ditching The Scales

I saw this video today and it cracked me up! This guy has hit the nail right on the head though. I've never really been one to weigh myself every day. I don't think it's a real indication of how fit and healthy we are. I have ALWAYS judged my…

Clean Eating

I am just like you, I love my food, I HATE the idea of giving up my favourite treats. But I've come to realise that I simply can't continue to eat the crap I have been eating in recent years, without it catching up with me in some form. I…

Chin-Up Challenge

So, I've set myself a challenge. Do complete 5 x true to form Chin-Ups in 8 weeks (at a minimum, more if possible) Chin-ups are something I have failed to achieve since I was a child. I have tried many times and failed, but I'm determined…

Body Weight Workouts

I've recently discovered Body Weight Workouts. These workouts are great fun, can be done in the comfort of your own home, with little or no equipment. I know what your thinking, "Nobody can build muscle without doing weight training". NOT TRUE.…

My Health & Fitness Journey

Today as I was out jogging (in 34 Degree heat, mind you) it gave me some inspiration for this Blog. I have always been conscious of my health, tried to keep up my fitness when confronted with numerous obstacles, but in recent times I've found…