Today I thought I would show you all the things I have kept in my Kensington Palace bag from when I visited in July 2018, I spent so much time in different places it is hard to put it all into one thing as there was numbers of things I did and yet STILL soooooo much to do when it comes to England/London/stately homes and palaces etc….. I have kept this bag from when I visited like a year and a half ago, and it has definitely left its mark on me from collecting so many little things along the way such as brochures, memorabilia, books based on the places you visit when you’re there. The day I went to Kensington Palace it was absolutely surreal! I am sure there was a helicopter flying over and all the tourists were like Its Prince William! haha! I will never know for sure!
I kept the main book as it has a lot of history and information that is just amazing! The history you would be absolutely astounded by! You discover a lot about the duchesses’s, princess’s, Lords, etc. Lets take a closer look at the book, and delve deep as I haven’t fully read it myself, I just got it probably for $5 when I was in Kensington Palace, and I had a Diana book that I showed in Instagram stories a little while ago, but now I can’t find it!!!! I had it and then I find something else that I thought I lost, my BIG London postcards which LITERALLY pop out at me! I will be posting the London postcards at the end of this blog post xx
Welcome to Kensington Palace!
Of course that is the introduction to the book, how beautiful is this illustration by John Buckler in 1826!
I love old pictures like this, the settings always grab me and it is very romantic, adjust guides you to a NEW world! Takes you back to those time periods of english historical places where you feel romance, and old english gardens, and this illustration is just REAL ART! It really does pop out at me! Old english art is just beautiful, and this sketch looks like something Amy would have drawn in Little Women or something! It is very beautiful, and really captures the Palace as it is, if you stare at it long enough it is almost like you are there!
According to this introduction, Kensington Palace definitely does have its history through the centuries, from William the THIRD to Mary the SECOND in the 17th century and the showing of secret lives and public lives, lots of secret history involved behind palace walls, but then you only know what is public when it is made public… I have always been fascinated by English history through the years, decades, centuries, from long ago…….. and it gets more and more interesting the more things you collect over time!
To be honest, the only tour I remember was Tour 3 Victoria Revealed, I took pictures on my INSTAGRAM, have a look as you will love the big picture of Queen Victoria when she was YOUNG! Probably when she was 18 I think, I am pretty sure that was when she was 18, I took a photo in that room of a piano, which had my heart ❤ The pink and white and green colours reminded me of a nursery, and it was just AMAZING to be standing right in the room where Queen Victoria was when she was a CHILD! Have you seen the ITV series of Victoria? You have to watch that to get more of a story and interesting factors and you learn more about the history and everything that happened by watching it, I started watching it but lost track of time in the process as I was highly enjoying it BUT stopped watching it when I moved again… I shall add it back to the list, but I think it is off Netflix in Australia for those in Australia. I particularly loved the story and the history as I remember a lot about Victoria and Alberts love story…… Highly recommend if you haven’t watched it yet….
Here starts the History! This book is only showing a short history, but sometimes long history can become boring and mundane that you are going to have to read what is written in the pictures. I won’t write anything or long paragraphs in this section as you probably need to read the photos instead to get a better understanding.
I did visit the Kings apartments but I actually don’t remember it much! It is a very vague memory already!
There were quite a few tours, as it was hard to keep up with everything on the Kensington Palace tour!
I visited this room right here, and it is a memory etched in my mind mostly out of all the rooms, I literally stood right in the heart of this room….And stared right at the pictures knowing this was pure art in its form…. A true delight to look at! Interesting and vivid, and captured the eye! It stood right out at you! This was the most ornate room in Kensington Palace out of my opinion. The gold frames were absolutely elegant and guided. I completely MARVELLED at them!!!!!!!
This picture is so beautiful to me, the garden and the English feel of it, its almost like the Secret Garden, and reminds of that poem Lord when I die please let it be in Spring! An English Garden poem I posted a long time ago….. “An Englishman’s Prayer”…….
Here is some further reading for a list of books to get in order to understand more about this topic and the tours involved, these books would elaborate MUCH more on the history and Victoria herself!
I have Victoria: A Life by A. N. Wilson
Today I found THREE London souvenir postcards I bought in the London Eye GIFT shop
I have a brochure of the Tower of London from Historic Royal Palaces, including Banqueting House, a London MAP, Map and information for the Kensington Palace Diana: The Fashion Story exhibition I attended, photos are on my private Instagram account though, hopefully I will post them on my main Instagram page I highlighted before….. ST Georges Chapel book from when I visited there!, Weston Park brochure from visiting somewhere and I collected it somehow maybe at Tatton Parks gift store…. Hampton Court Palace brochure and then a Covent Gardener small book which had a map of Covent Garden, the pictures I took were right where My Fair Lady was filmed! One of my most favourite films of all time with Audrey Hepburn 🙂
Well these are a few of my favourite things that I collected in the Kensington Palace bag when I was there and I have carried it with me on my trip back home!
I hope you enjoyed the history, the book and seeing what I collected as I had a lot of fun collecting brochures whilst on the tour, it was a delight! and as you can see, I have still got my ticket from when I went to PARIS!
This month I am using 3 major products and 1 particular product that was actually from Priceline Pharmacy here in Australia, in Kingsway Shopping Centre in Madeley. I will be using other branded products for foundation, and eyeliner and the rest of the face with whatever I do. So for Christmas I got the REVLON Bronze Glow Highlighting Palette 030 where you brush on to enhance complexion for a Natural sun kissed look!
I have started a You Tube Channel and I have done TWO videos NOW!!!!! Here is the link to the second video
where I will be highlighting the products I have listed. I did an introduction pre – blog post as a practice as I have never done an actual proper beauty you tube channel video. I did one and was meant to do a blog post with the products I had you may notice but I never got around to doing the blog post! So today I will be using 3 Revlon products for the haul, but I don’t have Revlon foundation anymore. I used to use the one with the red lid that every girl used in those days, and would definitely like to get it again, but today I will be using the following:
A silky gel emulsion, rich in natural ingredients, that hydrates and primes to improve foundation or powder application and promote smooth texture. Vitamins E and C protect with antioxidants, while caffeine calms skin. Illuminating pearl powders reflect optic radiance. Now in two shades: Radiant Yellow is especially effective on deeper skin tones and Radiant Pink for fairer skin tones. The formula disappears upon application, resulting in a beautiful glow.
Natural look. High coverage. Concealing hits an all-time high with this lightweight, full coverage concealer. Get high-performance correction with soft-focus blurring: Soft Matte Complete Concealer instantly conceals dark circles, redness, discoloration, hyperpigmentation, blemishes, and acne with a light-diffusing effect that blurs and smooths. Overtime, skin becomes softer and smoother from collagen-boosting peptides, hyaluronic acid, and a protective cocktail of Vitamins A, C, and E. Complete comfort. Completely natural-looking coverage. Oil-free.
Smash Box Studio Skin 15 hour wear hydrating foundation – It is a high-performing liquid foundation that helps you face anything. Studio Skin evens skin tone & never settles into pores & lines. Find your perfect match among 40 shades (that won’t oxidise) & a broad range of undertones. My shade is: FAIR WITH WARM OLIVE UNDERTONE
Easy to blend, buildable colour gives a multi-dimensional sculpted look. Provides natural colour highlights and a soft healthy glow
This is my current FAVOURITE contour palette and only one at the moment, when I went to do the tutorial that didn’t upload I was COMPLETELY frustrated there was an error and I couldn’t show you the WHOLE 22 minutes of each step of each product. It was hard work and took a long time so when the ending was frustrating I was so glad when I did another video it at least uploaded! I will do my best to do another one hopefully as I had a lot of fun with the first idea tutorial, I could get used to this! What I will do is upload pictures of me so you can see the finished product otherwise it would have been a TOTAL waste of time!!!! All that work! haha! I could do so much for a review on this highlighter palette and I wish I could provide an EXCEPTIONAL review! If you look at how the gold and the browns gathered together you can see the contouring is just AMAZING!!!!! I was HIGHLY excited over this one product and I completely swear by it at the moment I cannot recommend it enough!!! I think out of all the products I used in this blog post/youtube channel/tutorial it is by FAR my absolute favourite!!! If you are olive skinned EVEN better, it gives such a beautiful bronzed sun kissed glow and if that is the look you are going for this is the BEST product to use during this Summer season in Perth, Western Australia.
I love how it has that smudged effect, as it doesn’t look totally perfect but it is a nice line effect along with that 50’s look. An iconic smudge stick liner designed to deliver highly-pigmented colour and long-lasting wear even on sensitive or watery eyes. I particularly used this eyeliner as it is Ultra-Creamy and it builds the product up for a smudged eyeshadow effect…
This transformative mascara makes a big thing out of ordinary lashes, with maximum volume and unbelievable length.
I have seen some good some bad reviews on this, I like the fact it wasn’t one of those mascara that say oh! it is FULL of volume, and has a crappy wand, THIS wand happens to be favourite. I love the wand of this mascara and it does give quite the volume but I found it hard to get that full lash effect even though it says volume and length, i felt it did the job anyhow!
I received this Revlon Colorstay lipliner in Mauve as a Christmas Present. I have always been a fan of Revlon products and their Colorstay line especially. This lipliner was absolutely beautiful. It can be used to define your & glides on easily and not JUST THAT, its products are made to prevent bleeding. My lips felt exceptionally smooth. The Mauve shade gives that enhanced & natural colour. It REALLY DEFINED the outside section of my lips so I highly recommend this lipliner and have added it to my list of favourites!!!
What do you think of the finished look?
Do you have any favourite products from this collection?
Do you prefer the Revlon Mascara?
Leave comments below on which product is your favourite and why, and I will be happy to reply! I love to hear from you. Especially if it is to do with the category of Beauty! If you comment I will add you to my list for my NEXT GIVEAWAY.
I have probably raved one about my trip to England just a TAD too many times!!!! As soon as I arrived in London it TOTES felt surreal!!!!! I was there but felt like a million things were going through my mind. I had FINALLLLY reaches my DREAM DESTINATION!!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍
I loved everything about that country and the things we did. As soon as we arrived to Hyde Park Gate Hotel it was ABSOLUTELY relaxing and the mornings were FRESH!!!!
Today I got a little inspiration from someone’s blog about capturing my writing desk and re decorating my home office. Because of all that’s going on in the world and we are required to spend more time at home I decided to work more on the bedroom side of things. I cleaned and re did my dressing table as you would have seen on my recent Instagram post I did a beauty post of YSL and MECCA and The beauty products that I own. I thought it would be a fantastic time to re-do a lot of different things and put some more ideas and perspective into how I go about my business on a daily routine.
First thing I did this morning was have my very first VALENTUS SLIM ROAST OPTIMUM WEIGHT MANAGEMENT coffee which I ordered through a friends VALENTUS business page, Faith Paramena.
It improves your mood and focus and it’s a powdered coffee where it helps shut off cravings in the brain from your stomach and crushes cravings and increases energetic and metabolized fat to energy.
It’s a dark roast coffee and is the solution to my weight management at the moment. It’s a substitute for my morning Nespresso when I crave coffee and sugar for energy. and it also supports blood sugar regulation and boosts circulation and oxygen delivery. Whilst having a coffee that tastes like instant it’s not Nespresso or your regular latte at all it’s fantastic for all those things mentioned and is a dietary supplement.
Onto the desk and office side of things I decided to clear absolutely EVERYTHING off the desk, wipe it down with wipes and re sort what type of books I want on display.
I like to have any material based on “writing” and/or “business” type books. I gave away my 4 business resources to a friend who works for AMWAY so sometimes when I’m doing that when working in business with a friend and you give them resources it really helps and assists with what they do and they may get inspiration from reading a book that may be for another business but a quote might POP out at them and it could ABSOLUTELY help them!
I set out my London sign wipe the MAC computer and set out a new look. I have kept my London mousepad and a few London decorations I have always had. I really want more of a chic pink look sometimes but I love the white look and eventually want to paint my chair white! To match!
I have set out BECOMING by MICHELLE OBAMA
Ladies Like Us – ALENA KATE PETTIT
HOW TO BE A LADY – CANDACE SIMPSON-GILES
A GUIDE TO ELEGANCE – GENEVEIVE ANTOINE DARIAUX
How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World – Jordan Christy
How to be lovely (the Audrey Hepburn way of life) – Melissa Hellistern
The Jane Austen Writers Club – Rebecca Smith
Manual of English Grammar and Composition
Eats, shoots and leaves – Lynne Truss
A Writers Commonplace Book – Rosemary Friedman
I want to be creative / Harrier Griffey
That’s 11 books that I keep on my writing desk ✍️
I love the fact that I can set out my favourite notebooks and diaries and really plan out my day once you have a clean office area. It sets the tone and mood for the day and when you minimalise the things you use and have the proper things you need on the desk – materials wise and study wise it really does help with the way you progress and work. The way you set your desk it definitely does affect the way you work for example I have made things simple with choosing just enough books on display and not making it too cluttered. I have 1 mug when I have a coffee or tea and / or I have 1 or 2 diaries to prioritise my tasks and schedule / appointments / ZOOM meetings etc.
I work on different things through out the day so if I am not studying I could be working on writing a song or working on my Virtual Music Manager as of current projects.
It’s my new love and I created a music Instagram page and Facebook page which I will share in a different blog post as that is another whole different thing I will be working on project wise.
I have some things in mind and will keep you in the loop!
I have a website in progress and if you want to work in the music side of things my email for music stuff and projects is firstname.lastname@example.org
That’s a WHOLE other thing!
Back to the desk!
I have started to create more visuals and been more creative with Canva creating personal development type quotes for something fun on the side to keep me busy!
With something for me to do
I particularly love quotes that keep you on your toes!
And I like to make my own up when I have an AHA moment!
So it doesn’t look like you are copying from the bible or another person!
I hope you are inspired like I was to RE CREATE your office space and be CREATIVE and VISUAL with the things you do!!!!!!
This weekend I have put together some pieces from my wardrobe and mixed a few things together just for fun! When I am not doing anything else I like to collate inspiration from various outlets such as magazines and online fashion magazines, and I particularly love getting pieces and putting them together with something else and then VOILA! It’s a MATCH! You may have recently seen my “Parisian” style outfit, this has to be my FAVOURITE current outfit, when I realised I had a black beret from Pretty Little thing, and a skirt from PRIMARK, I was like ok what top am I going to wear with this skirt? It HAS to be white! Not too long ago I got an off the shoulder top that was from ASOS, and I got it for about $13 – $20, The skirt was a treasure that I bought in Cheshire Oaks Designer Factory Outlet in England, and it was a huge favourite that I hadn’t worn it yet!!! This by far has been my most CLASSIEST outfit that I have come up with this year…..
I have recently created an Outfits Page, so you can get updated with my wardrobe and the fashion that I am into, and the type of clothes that I adore!
I got SO excited about my “Outfits Page” that I just had to include this picture of the ‘parisian styled’ look!
You don’t have to be “RICH” to be “CLASSY let me tell you that!
and I am sure HALF the world knows that already……
When I was in England I had spending money, and I walked into the Primark department store and saw this skirt, and another top that I only got TWO clothing items. I thought this skirt was soooooo pretty, and floral and I just loved all the colours, you can see why I got it at the drop of a hat!
I am a huge floral kind of lady, and if you want to be classy, you have to find the right pieces, that you have bought previously, and then go through the rest of your wardrobe, pick out one piece of clothing, think, what will go with that?, what will match that? Is there a beautiful accessory that I have that can go with it as well? Should I wear a hat with this outfit? What kind of bag will go with it?
You have to pick on piece of clothing and just work your way around with what you already have.
Don’t go on a full on shopping spree and be like oh I need the WHOLE store just to be classy and posh! BE selective, and buy the prettiest or nicest thing there, and just 1 piece from 1 store. Stores are a trap, just like they say in Confessions of a Shopaholic, that one scene where Becky Bloodwood writes in her work report “Your store card is like a 50 per cent cashmere coat, the first time you meet it promises to be your best friend, until you look more closely and realise its not real cashmere”. You can buy a chashmere coat, and be like Oh! I have the latest designer wear, but WHERE is it from?
Always do you research, make sure that the brand is the first top hit on Google, if you can’t find the company and you want to be designerish looking then don’t spend your money on a brand or company that doesn’t have enough traction and/or top hits on Google, or doesn’t have a website at all. You have to make sure it is a brand that is well known globally, and is the talk of the town wherever you are in the world!
For example, I started following Aspinal of London on social media and they really know how to advertise, and the website is very appealing and markets towards classy sophisticated people that are in the corporate world in London especially. So of course I had to have at least 1 thing from there, and I bought a BAG!
The Aspinal of London bag will be featured on the OUTFITS PAGE. This took me YEARS to save for the ONE thing! and it is a treasure and my most treasurable thing that I have.
I think when it comes to dressing classy you have to be picky about what you get, you could just get black pants for example, then a nice top that is off the shoulder and a little bling with a retro look, add some sparkling ear rings from Lovisa, don’t worry about being expensive, just think what will go with what?
Say, you have got $200 on you, on the weekend, buy $30-50 corporate pants, then buy a $20-$30 top from Valleygirl or Supre that looks like a Cue top or from Review, you can even get cheap tops that look nice from Sportsgirl, and/or places like Tempt. Say you have only $100 buy a $20 top $70 pants and then $10 ear rings.
Classy colours are black, gold, and cream and red. I think these are the primary colours for classiness. For example my Sincere Sally dress is RED and looks classy for a cocktail party and the same with the off the shoulder Jenni black dress, it screams elegance with the slimming waist look and the frills.
You have to think what colours do I like? Find an item of that colour that is either a slimming dress or a cocktail party dress, and then you have something classy!
It takes a lot of time to find your classy niche!!! I remember as a 22 year old I was always shopping on Chapel street going into Kookai, Review, Alannah Hill and Chapel street was ENDLESS! I would work during the day and at 12 o’clock on my lunch break I would hit the streets of South Yarra!
If you want to be classy you have to network with sophisticated people, and people in the area or business that you love, for example, my two favourite ladies are The Lady Wallace – Kylie Wallace who is a TV Reporter in Sydney that I follow and Alena Kate Pettite of the Darling Academy, more on that later as I got Alena’s book Ladies like Us and I am SOOOOOO excited to share with you, I might do a BOOK REVIEW! I am VERY EXCITED!!!!!!! I have spoken to both ladies and I am INSPIRED to write about dressing classy through knowing their content and how they both dress in a sophisticated way!!!!!!
You will find Kylie Wallace at the Garden Party in ENGLAND in MAY this year…..
And Alena she wrote Ladies like Us which is a BEAUTIFUL book on which I will be sharing and writing about later on in the year!
It truly is an INSPIRING book! And has so much truth in it and she holds values and talks about emotional intelligence to beauty in the inside and covering SO many different topics it’s BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!
There are so many ways I could talk about how to dress classy but I think it is basically SIMPLE
Choose something basic and then add a bit of PIZZ AZZ to it
Add a sparkling piece like a BANGLE or a headband or ear rings from LOVISA or have a look at Michael Hill or Angus and Coote. They have some lovely pieces and SHIELS too.
I think start with the basics and work your way up. You don’t have to have something totally OUT there. Cue has some pretty black dresses and I think when it comes to class ones you always have to have that “BLACK DRESS” I have 1 literally from an op shop that was $7! And it is the dress that I wore for the VIVA LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO SHOOT as the girl in the red scarf just like my fictitious soul sister Becky Bloomwood.
I have a CUE black dress and it is VERY classy
Always make sure you have at least 1 black dress, 1 red dress and then go to a shop doesn’t have to be anything high designer but have a look in op shops as they do have a “designer” section as I worked there at Save the Children on SCARBOROUGH beach road in SCARBOROUGH and it was WONDERFUL volunteering and getting that retail work experience.
It was a nice experience work wise and I learnt a lot.
You will be SURPRISED with what you find!
So you don’t exactly have to be the NEXT Burberry girl or be on a Forever New advertisement just check out the closest op shop to you locally and you will be SURPRISED with what you find, trust me!
I love the fact that you can go to the medium stores like Cue and not have to spend a fortune. A dress can be minimal and add black high heels with a piece of jewellery that might be dangly and have cubic zirconia a instead of actual DIAMONDS.
You can do what you want and just HAVE FUN WITH FASHION!!!!!!!!
This beautiful Jennifer Lopez fragrance that I got for Christmas 2019 is PROMISE and is the nicest perfume I have actually had in a while. It is very elegant and the type of perfume I would wear either during the day or night. But it is more perfect for that evening dinner with a classic black dress for a night out on the town!
I am NOT going to apologise for gravitating towards the second paragraph on the FIRST page of this book – There are three things to consider before we can live the life of our dreams and move forward…………
I absolutely LOVE the title of this chapter as we need to take a step back and examine our lives very now and then.
It is TOO true that Google and Siri are there in font of our noses every day when we need something to ask or rely on 24/7. It has become the worlds MOST reliable source that we need to examine ourselves fully. I love how Luisa included exercises to make you participate in a book and not just rad it from cover to back page and then forget what you read and then move on not thinking about what you read. This is the type of book where for me, I had to sit down in a quiet place away from everyone and everything o that I could fully immerse myself into and really ate my teeth into.
I love how Luisa is a “goal getter”, “dream setter” and looking to help others achieve a desire to reach a higher level by reading her/this book.
The first chapter asks 3 great questions.
What do you want?
Why do you want it?
What’s stopping you?
So when I asked myself what do you want? I thought about ALOOOTTTT of things here as I am a very passionate and creative minded person, my mind literally thinks a zillion and one things a day, and I think a lot of girls are like that in this world. We have to identify, as Luisa says why we want something SOOOOOO baddddd. When we start out in a business or as an entrepreneur you then have to put things into perspective as to hat Simon Sinek says (a quote in the book) “Why is all about your purpose, cause or belief. Why do you or your company exist? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? AND WHY should anyone care?
I wrote a little timetable here on the three questions asked.
What do you want? Why do you want it? Whats stopping you?
Live in London, Melbourne or New York My top 3 favourite cities. Money
Library Assistant job/role. It is the qualification I am working towards (Only have two subjects to complete it)
FREEEEDOM!!!!! So I can live where I want when I want and do what I want. Currently having to live in Perth, Western Australia
I particularly LOVE how Luisa says your “why” s your unique and personal motivation to go on when times get tough. It is a ‘reminder’ of what is closest to your heart ❤ what commands you to RISE! Push through ANY limitation! obstacle or challenge you might face.
I love her outgoing passion on how she helped a lady get going with her dream of starting a jewellery business – when you share something with someone, she really gets excited and I LOVE that about her!
I love that she is determined to “live life on her own terms”, wants the ability to go on overseas trips with family whenever she wants! be able to buy and build properties to create a portfolio for family, living life beyond limitations that other people put on her, have the freedom and experience the freedom to do things that she LOVES!!!! Time freedom and finance are the three main things people talk about a lot in this world’s whomever your community is, find your tribe and love them hard.
Who you are is more important than WHAT you do
In this section Luisa talks about seasons, my favourite season has ALWAYS been Spring! Cherry blossoms, and blueberries and all the English garden roses you can think of!
Although as Luisa says she loves summer as I moved to Western Australia in 2013 and hate it at first, but getting used to it more over time, it has GROWN on me, I thought I wasn’t a “WA” girl at first but I was born in Subiaco, and grew up in Morley from the age 3-10 and we moved about in WA as a baby I just didn’t know it! haha!
Western Australia does have some beauty! ❤
“Just like the weather, there are different seasons in life. Some re abundant in goodness, overflowing with positive results and just seem to be more fun, Others can be tough”
She is VERY right that the summer season is FUN! and full of Extroverts! too true! A lot happing & fast paced, it gets more busier during that season especially in western Australia! Autumn can be slow – and I LOVE how Luisa says this is a perfect time to correct and shape our perspective to reflect our truest hearts intention. Perspective governs all our choices and actions which derive from our convictions.
“It is necessary to be steadfast in commitment to our long term goals, rather than changing course to defeat boredom or impatience that creeps in”
I particularly LOVED the saying ‘a stormy season will pass, and the sun will come out again…..” ❤
But if the sun is shining, allow yourself to enjoy it and receive the blessings that are coming your way.
There are a few GOLDEN nuggets in this next section…..
CHARACTER, INTEGRITY & AUTHENTICITY ARE ABOUT LEADING YOURSELF FIRST
This bit here…… simply defined, our character is made up of the habits and qualities, we implement, and integrity tells us who we really are.
Our character is made up of our mental and moral qualities, unique to us and modelled through our integrity, personality, nature and actions.
None of us are perfect, and we all have areas we can develop. Our personalities are not meant to confine us, but to grow and develop. Our personalities are not meant to confine us, but to grow and develop. If we deliberately use our strengths for others benefit and grow in our limitations, we will inspire others to do the same.
“Shaping our character will take deliberate effort and action against our gaps, flaws and weaknesses, to progressively become the best and most complete version of ourselves.
C. S. Lewis – Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching…….
“PROGRESS OVER PERFECTION”
I found this absolutely beautiful.
“Where you are right now doesn’t determine your future because you are full of potential, wired for creativity, and destined for greatness. you can achieve more and ascend to greater heights all the time The journeys circumstance, positive or negative, force us to progress, unwrap gifts and talents weren’t aware of, and develop into the best version of ourselves.
I LOVED this!!!!!
“A superficial success is not the aim; rather, living a life from the inside out, full of value and building a legacy to be proud of should be and believe is our intention.”
AIM TO LIVE FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Clarity and conviction of our personal desires, belief systems and values will lead us to live our life by design, rather than by default.
I particularly love how Luisa talks about self-transendence over self-actualisation and that is about fulfilling your own potential, while self-transendence is about putting our own needs aside to serve something greater than ourselves.
Reaching your greatest potential by understanding Gods purpose for your life and helping others do the same isn’t just about living at your greatest point of development – it’s your destiny.
I LOVED this even more – Our destiny is not just about what we do, it is about who we become.
What was ABSOLUTELY brilliant was the illustration on Abraham Lincoln in referring to the topic of failure, He failed at business twice, he lost when he ran for Congress, senate and vice presidential candidate, before being elected as president. I love how Luisa states that his most VALUEABLE assets weren’t his education or advantages but his resilience and response to failure.
Failure comes before success……..
There are more quotes in the book that I absolutely love…..
Achieving true greatness is not about being better than anyone else, it is about being better than you were before, and there is no better test than the test of failure.
Each of us has our own personal WOW factor to shine on the world and serve our community with, but if those gifts are not embodied by a strength and unwavering persistence, they may go unseen.
We are on a journey of growth because the possibilities and our potential are limitless.
Who we are becoming is always more important than what we do.
But only becoming the best version of yourself will give you access to achieving the dreams and desire of your heart, and failure is a part of that journey. DON’T despise failure BUT learn how to make your failures serve your purposes.
my FAVOURITE quote is this:
I really think a champion is defined not by their wins, but by how they can remove when they fall – Serena Williams
What’s blocking your growth and how to overcome it
When you go to a job interview I always find that they constantly ask about your strengths and weaknesses, I am strong in Data/Administration work and I have seen the fruits of my labour from working full-time in Melbourne, Australia. Luisa mentions that we all have strengths and weaknesses, the action we take to develop our strengths and reduce our weaknesses will determine our outcomes and success and its soooooooo true!!!!!! She says people who deliberately PUSH the boundaries and continually reach out of their comfort zone SEE the fruits of their labour in where they go and what they achieve…..
Luisa is beautiful in saying YOU ARE AMAZING! and CAPABLE
“You are strongest when you are at your most authentic, and the best version of yourself is a true blessing.”
“We can take control of both forms of distraction to become more productive and life live with more peace and clarity.”
At the moment this one quote is speaking to me, because like I said I think a ZILLION things a day….
“Our brain is SO AMAZINGLY complex and SHARP that we could be thinking about one thing, doing another, saying something else entirely and still have a completely different conversation going on in our subconscious…….. but it can leave us tired, stressed and somewhat in effective.”
I love how she talks about VISION….. you have to write it down, hang it up somewhere noticeable, so you can read it and remind yourself everyday…..
I am just going to go STRAIGHT to Point 3 – Lack of planning
PLANNING is the key against distraction…..
You have to be a goal – setter in 90 day blocks, and have MONTHLY, WEEKLY and DAILY planners that work BEST….
Energy FLOWS where your focus goes……
In the morning we are refreshed, full of energy and usually thats the time where you are most focused.
Once our mind decides something is true, its main priority is to find other evidence to back it up, even if it must delete, distort, generalise, or fabricate the information.
She talks a lot about relationships in this chapter and it is very healthy to get a fresh perspective on whats important. I love how she talks about personal growth, opportunity and freedom. Heres a few quotes I absolutely LOVE from the book!
“It’s a benefit to take time, stop and be more self-aware, to identify what we are focusing on. As we learn to address these thoughts and shape our perspective, we will experience freedom and be EMPOWERED to encounter the things we really want.
“Words become thoughts, thoughts become feelings, and feelings often lead to the actions we take. “
“Words spoken to use or that we hear in our heads create our thoughts and thoughts help to create belief systems. Thoughts also create sensations in our body. This is “cognitive fusion.”
Luisa is quite right about the mind never stopping. it is like unlimited Netflix, and podcasts running all day, every day, even while you sleep – this is sooooooo true!!!! haha! that is meeeee!!! Your mind is comparing, judging, assessing, criticising, fantasising, and systematically sorting thoughts constantly.
A study shows that that average person can have up to 60,000 thoughts per day, I thought it was 3 million haha but studies are constantly updating! 80% are negative, and 95% are the same repetitive thoughts as the day before – Quality of life rests on that of our internal and external communication.
We are what we repeatedly do – Aristotle
Remind yourself of 3 things you do well, giving yourself that grace needed for growth. You will be surprised and see something FLOURISH!
“Life is gift to be enjoyed, not endured, unwrap it and enjoy your day!”
She reminded me of an old quote that I completely forgot about!
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”
It is nice to have the mantra I will make the world around me a better place…. this is hard for some to do but I LOVE that Luisa said Bring your warmth and joy and set it to tropical!!!!
and especially whats even more important is saying “I will use my experiences positive or negative to being HOPE!!!!!!
My actions and attitudes will reflect my deepest convictions
Emotions will not be the deciding factor in my choices
I have so much to be grateful for
I choose to move forward with STRENGTH today
I am a person of good character and integrity
I can develop any skills needed to complete my work with excellence
I will be kind to people today especially those who are unkind to me
I can overcome any challenge with confidence nd perseverance
I am becoming healthier and stronger EVERY DAY
I have complete control of my mind
I will live more openly with every encounter today
I am loved by God unconditionally just the way I am
I will aspire to live as my greatest self and measure myself with grace
I will uplift and encourage and believe in those around me
I will live my life purposely to reflect the divine in me
I will remind myself of the progress I have made
This last one really spoke to me as I felt I still haven’t progressed even after doing AMAZING things with my life the past year, like my travels throughout England/London and working in various industries in 6 different suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and then moving around Australia quite a bit!!!!!!!
We can finish it off with You are INCREDIBLE and DESTINED for greatness – Yes you!!!! Thanks Luisa!!!
Chapters 4 to 6 are my three favourite chapters as
I love action plans
the belief in Self Care
Create and sustain your dream life…. its all about VISION……
Just like she says When we embrace change, we enable GROWTH!!!!!!!
growth is just about ANYTHING!
from career to family to success to emotional maturity just like she says We go through sooooo may different life experiences….. becoming an agent of change for yourself and the world is what SUCCESS is!!!!!!
We need a strong mindset and conviction too!!!!!!!
She talks about 1. Fear of failure, 2. lack of trust, and how to define your future and not ANALYSE the past!
and elaborates on taking the TIME to DREAM!!!!!!!
by learning what matters to you the most and then what brings you JOY every day!!!!
My favourite one is heart is all about gaining clarity
especially when heart is all about what you love
and what you dont and what gives you joy?
and makes you most happy!!!!!!!
What makes your heart SING!!!!!!!???????
SUCCESSFUL people ALWAYS LOVE what they do
and know what they value most and its VERY true…….
Your heart also helps you recognise your talents……. and Luisa is SPOT ON!
We all have a gift from God we just need to recognise them, focus on them and then strengthen them…….
I believe if you buy this book it will help you with achieving your personal goals and also your business goals. I don’t have a business per say but starting this blog really opened up a creative outlet my mind especially when I went from Cosmpolitan city to country town, a blog ca be treated as a business as it is something you can be passionate about even if you are not earning money from it, whats education? whats money!? whats achievements? You will NEVER get it if you are not passionate about DRIVEN like someone who is like Luisa who wrote this book, and I am inspired by peope like this when I see it because it make me MORE DRIVEN myself EVERY DAY!!!!!!!
Luisa gives clarity through asking personal questions and she asks what are you passionate about? I was thinking about passion BEFORE I read that question and it is something EVERY person needs to ask themselves on this planet EVERY day…….
Your heart will reveal your purpose and I love how she talks about living the life you truly WANT to LIVE!!!!!!! hearts desires is a big one, and it was on my heart to go to England and it FINALLY happened! When you dream BIG it CAN happen, darling!!!!!!!EXCITEMENT IS PASSION
I truly love how she asks questions they just pop out oat me especially what do you spend your time thinking about that you haven’t yet pursued? At the moment it is New York!!!!!!!
The REWIRE YOUR THINKING section is BRILLIANT!!!!!!!
my favourite bit is with every experience moment to Moment, we are learning evaluating and categorizing and it is soooooo true!!!!! If you want to learn more about creating an action plan to thrive this is the chapter for you and then you can do a Character Inventory She asks 6 questions. I won’t write them all out but one example is what are your thoughts towards your physical and mental health?
Venturing out is also a great section to read, it talks about procrastinating learning and growing! Believing in yourself and potential of your life and growth. And most of all “confidence”
Confidence is a skill.……
Confidence is a skill that develops naturally over time as you practice and gain experience.
The more you develop a skill and become proficient in it aka cooking sewing craft exercise and fitness (daily skills) the less work your brain needs to do…….
A skill can become automatic & you don’t need to think about what you’re doing as when your brain strengthens over time it is really learning that skill that you previously did…. I am like this with typing as it is my absolute strength and I have done singing and piano and drama and when I go to do it again it all comes back to me even with strength training it is like “muscle memory”…….
Luisa is truly inspirational in the way that she writes…..
She knows how to teach us practical habits and especially knowing what you’re morning routine will be will set the tone for the rest of the day! And she is right it is the most valueable disciplines.
I truly felt empowered by “when you have a healthy self-confidence about what you are capable of and the power of discipline you will want to become even more disciplined.”
I also am all for exercise that is good for mental health. I was so into fitness and health in my early twenties and I was at the gym regularly doing strength training and even cardio to let go of any stress that got in the way of life. Like she says
“Exercise improves concentration and cognitive function and also relieves anxiety and depression.”
I absolutely love chapter 5 her words leap of the pages with such truth behind it.
Last but not least one of my FAVOURITE topics on EARTH!
Like Luisa says “Self care is a MUST”….. to make sure we live our best life.
When it came to healthy self talk there were 7 points. It’s not just about physical and spiritual health but my two favourite points out of the seven were hobbies and personal development. For personal development there were three questions and one that stuck out for me was Are you evaluating yourself and actively seeking out new ways to grow?
What is so true is that without hobbies or interests we can become emotionally stagnant and lose our individuality. This is SO TRUE!!! And we all hold something valuable whether it’s in our hearts 💕 or something you want to give and offer to the world whether it’s a gift or talent you want to use or just a simple encouragement to get someone through their day.
The last paragraph of the book REALLY spoke to me and I wanted to HIGHLIGHT it!
I will leave you with the last paragraph of the book
“People ask me all the time, Luisa how do you stay so enthusiastic?”
Volunteering is one of my secrets. It’s a fact that serving others has physical and mental health benefits including gaining new skills and knows. It even boosts job and career prospects brings a sense of achievement develops personal character and increases self esteem. When you contribute where there is nothing to gain you will enjoy the benefits and the chance to connect with and better understand your community.
For me this stands out and speaks to me with absolute TRUTH as I have volunteered at two libraries in Western Australia and volunteer led at Save the Children in Scarborough- it does open job prospects when you volunteer and just gives GROWTH in so many areas. Take to heart this last paragraph as I believe it will help you and if you get the book at AMAZON on Kindle for $7.34 on http://www.amazon.com.au/SOUL-PURPOSE-Design-Confidence-Purpose-ebook
With the introduction of baby Archie in May, people were closely watching how Meghan Markle would make his introduction to the world unique to them.
She’s been a bit unconventional in a few ways by royal standards — she’s biracial, a divorcee, and American — and has already broken a few of the pregnancy traditions. Baby showers are not common practice in the U.K., yet Meghan had one in February in NYC. Additionally, Meghan and Harry opted to wait a few days to reveal Archie, unlike Prince William and Kate who have shared glimpses of their newborns the day leaving the hospital.
While there has been some leniency with a few of the birthing traditions of the years, there are a few that will remain customary. The team at Hola put together this great guide on some of the pregnancy, birthing, and post-birth traditions of the royal family. Check out below the traditions over the years.