5 take aways from Thrive – Arianna Huffington

Thrive book It was summer when I read it. The kids were doing waterplay outside, hence the water in the cover 💦 
I loved Thrive by Arianna Huffington it was such a good reminder to slow down &  we don’t  have to be doing everything. 

I was actually reading it around the time I did the ‘Do less challenge’ with Kate Northrup, so it was perfect.

Thrive also touched on how important sleep is – which is the main topic in her latest book The Sleep Revolution, which I’m currently reading.


 5 take aways from Thrive that resonated with me. 

Measuring success is so much more than how much money you make or how much power you have. It needs to consist of four pillars - Wellbeing, wisdom, wonder and giving

Amen! I cant say much more on that. It’s a good reminder to keep things in check. 

✨How do you rate / feel your live is going on these four pillars?

✨ What can you do to improve each of these four pillars?

✨ What will add to your wellbeing / wisdom / wonder / giving rather than take away from it?
2. Start getting 30 minutes more sleep - go to bed earlier or take a nap.
Sleep is Important to every area of your life. It makes dealing with all that comes your way so much easier. You don’t realise the value of sleep until you aren’t getting it – in my case once I had babies. I now hold sleep on the pedestal it deserves. It affects your health, wellbeing, mental health, ability to concentrate, ability to learn & absorb new information, affects your stress hormones – just to name a few things. Inadequate sleep over the long term will also put you at risk of major burnout. 

Get more sleep you won’t regret it 😴

Love grows brains we need to show children a picture of love as we raise them.
Show children a picture of love 💗 I just loved this. With two young children it was a good reminder that they learn most from observing us, not just by what we are telling them. 

Constantly photographing our lives is interrupting and it can make it hard to settle into conversations
Don’t interupt the good times. We all have far to many photos anyway- what are we going to do with them all. Are our children really going to want them all or are just going to be burdening them with a shit tonne of digital clutter. Be mindful take a few if you must then put the camera/Phone (most likely) down. 

 Be present enjoy the moment. Im as guilty of this as anyone else – “wait dont eat yet I have to instagram that” 🙈
Constantly photographing our lives is interrupting and it can make it hard to settle into conversations
So hard to slow down with all the information, the things you could be doing, feel you should be doing. The way busy busy busy is held up as some sort of great achievement & badge of honour that your life is full. It may be full but is it full of meaningful activities & moments. (That just reminded me of the teacher who filled the jar for his class I’ll link the video here.)

💟 Just do it – just slow down. 

💟 Take a breath. 

💟 Try out some meditation. 

💟 Cross off all the crap off your to do list which you loathe. 

💟 Deligate, eliminate & create space. 

💟 Create space to connect with your family, friends, time to be present with your children.
Evaluate what it is that is taking up ‘all’ your time. Is it meaningful, is it adding value to your life? 

 

Be sure to check out Thrive if you havent already.

Id love to know one thing you took away from it if you have read it / or once youve read it?

Let me know in the comments below 💟
Much Love

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14 ways to make 2014 your best year

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Happy New Year everyone!
My first post for 2014 and it’s already the end of February. I have been rather busy with a newborn though, born early January.

1. Keep your self talk positive – would you say that to your best friend? Be kind to yourself.

2. Add a green juice or smoothie to your day. It’s a great way to start.

3. Create a vision board for the year ahead. Add in places you wish to visit, things to achieve. Set some goals and begin to break them down so you can work toward them.

4. Practice gratitude – Be thankful for all that you have. You have an abundant life. To really up your gratitude practices write down 10 things you are grateful for each day.

5. Read everyday – expand your knowledge pick something you wish to learn about or get lost in a novel feeding your imagination.

6. Simplify your life. Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication ~ Leonardo da Vinci

7. Do more of what makes you happy

8. Quit sugar in 5 days find out how here

9. Laugh more its good for you

10. Eat more food mainly plants as Micheal Pollan would say. Try to keep at least half of your plate made up of colourful veggies and fruit.

11. Add more superfoods to your diet. The more good you add in the more it will crowd out the ‘crap food’. Superfoods are nutrient dense so you are getting more nutrition from a smaller quantity of foods.

12. Aim to be kind, forgiving, calm and patient. One study showed that people with high stress levels is similar to smoking 5 cigarettes a day as far as health is concerned.

13. Ditch the soda – so much sugar for no nutritional value. Switch it for water, coconut water, herbal iced teas (homemade with natural sugar alternatives or no sugar at all)

14. Spend more time with those you love – your friends and family. Have fun and enjoy each others company, support each other and create memories together.

Wishing you all a fantastic 2014 x