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My go-to movies to make my heart happy <3

I absolutely LOVE throwing myself into a movie, tv series, book, music – you name it, if it offers me some form of escapism, or if I am hungover, or if I just do not want to leave the house – then I am in! I have 100’s of favourite movies, but here are ten which, without fail, are the movie version of chicken-soup-for-my-soul.

In no particular order, here is my list of my favourites – enjoy! P.S These are normally enjoyed with tea and or wine ;).

Overboard (1987)

This is a movie which I watched with my sister and my mother so many times, we have lost count. It’s hilarious. Goldie Hawn a snooty heiress who ends up with amnesia and becomes the ‘Wife’ of the Carpenter (Kurt Russell) she mocked? Amazing. If you re-watch it now, I guess you could say ‘kidnapping’ and ‘criminal’ and ‘immoral’ but I just think it is 1987 at its finest. Also seeing as I am constantly being asked when I am having a baby I like to quote this exact movie ‘if I have a baby, I won’t be the baby’ ;).

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Steve Martin’s epic journey to get home to his family for Thanksgiving, trailing along with the ever-annoying, but loveable John Candy. It is another movie that reminds you that kindness costs nothing. It is a comedy, and I remember laughing with my entire family watching this one, but it also gives me all the feels. Despite its age, the core of the story remains ever-relevant.

Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

Hellooooo! I watched this movie probably 4 or 5 times every year when I was a kid. It was my first exposure to divorce, Robin Wiliams’ extraordinary talent, San Francisco, cross-dressing and Pierce Brosnan playing a skeazy d*ckwad. I love this movie, I still watch this movie and I cry every time I think about poor Robin and the pain such an amazing man experienced throughout his life. Also the sentence ‘the whole time!?’ is a staple in our household.

Practical Magic (1998)

I definitely seem to love the movies with lost love, not sure why! Is that morbid? I don’t know. I love Practical Magic, it came out when I was about 15 and excuse the pun, but it was completely bewitching. It was also scary when I first watched it – it did however remind me that love is real and one day I would have it <3. I love Sandra Bullock and I cannot help but love ‘our’ Nic. It also reminds you to stand up for yourself, not to give into bullying and to have your families back x

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Heath Ledger. Kat’s Teen angst. A powerful female character who was not the most popular chick in school and who was well-read. Heath Ledger. That scene with Joey doing the exact same pose for underwear and swimsuits at Bogey Lowenstein’s party. Oh my god. The poem, the end scene, the kiss at the paintball. Just stop. 14 year old me could barely handle the excitement of this movie (and 31 year old me is still the same level of excited). This movie always makes me feeling ‘just whelmed’ :).

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

This movie has won no particular accolades, many people have not even seen it. I remember borrowing it from Video Ezy in one of my manic Friday afternoon 10 for $10. However, from the first time I saw it – I loved it and I still love it to this day. Diane Lane is Frances, a writer who goes through a marriage break-down and impulsively buys and restores a tuscan villa on a holiday. Uplifting, inspiring, girl-power, you can do it on your own. I absolutely Love it. If anything, this movie taught me that I had to love myself before I could love someone else.

Love Actually (2003)

Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth? A little boy finding love and chasing after it with conviction even just after his Mum has died? Billy-Bob Thornton playing a sleazy American President? An entire village in Portugal thinking Jamie is there to kill Aurelia? What isn’t to love? It is a staple Christmas-time movie and to be honest, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Love Actually, because, love, actually is all around ❤

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

Who doesn’t love Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey as Benjamin Barry and Andie Anderson in this movie? All of the feelings! Special mention to Kathryn Hahn for being her usual hilarious self in this one as love-clueless Michelle. I like this movie because it embarrasses men and women – shows us how ridiculous we both can be! Also, Princess Sophia, making men curl their toes in embarrassment for years! Which couple hasn’t had the love-fern fight?

The Upside of Anger (2005)

Joan Allen is a woman whom I absolutely adore, and in this movie my love affair with her only grew. When Terry’s husband leaves her and her four daughters, her life is flipped on its head. Terry needs to draw strength to support her family and each one of their unique lives. It is gritty, it has some dark moments but it is feel-good. I do think its an adequate portrayal of a family filled with head-strong and very different women. Kevin Costner is brilliant in this as well and even though the movie is hardly all sparkles and sunflowers, it is a feel-good movie that I just keeping come back to.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Again – empowering! Also Meryl Streep (there is no Meryl Streep I do not love!) Emily Blunt (the most adorable English rose in Hollywood if you ask me). Stanley Tucci, the thought of being exposed to all of that fashion! Ruthless behaviour, demanding Boss. Sign me up! It’s glossy and not a true portrayal of probably any real-life situation but I don’t care. I love it and it makes me happy.

P.S I Love You (2007)

Ireland, Gerard Butler, the ultimate acts of love – even beyond the grave, a family rallying together to support a woman who has lost the love of her life. I love this movie. It makes me bawl my eyes out, it makes me remember why I love who I love and to let them know. Every, damned, time. The book is amazing and although I am not the biggest fan of Ms Swank’s, I absolutely adored the movie.

Tell me, what is your go-to movie, to perk yourself back up?

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How I stay motivated to keep fit in winter

“Summer bodies are made in the winter” – EVERY GYM AROUND THE WORLD…*gross*

Okay, that’s great but how do I get myself to exercise when it is cold and dark? I want to become one with my bed and stay there for three months. I want to crawl out of bed at the last minute possible to make my bus and when I get home at night after work, I have high expectations of being in front of my t.v, with a red wine and my mermaid blanket wrapped around me.

pexels-photo-287240.jpegSo, it comes as quite a shock, where I go from waking with the birds at 5am, sweating and with the sunshine beaming through my window during Brisbane Summer – to hearing what I assume is a raid-siren going off at 4:20am. In the dark. Panicked. To realise that it is my Husband’s phone alarm. We are going to the gym.

Um. No, we are not.

It is freezing, it is dark. If I turn the bedroom lights on, I will absolutely experience what can only be described as a lens-flare, no doubt resulting in permanent vision loss! Disclaimer: my emotional over-exaggeration when I am tired is #extra. I am NOT sorry for this.

I get to gym at 4.45am. I’ve convinced myself that I am a fit goddess, this gym will be mine for the taking, who else could have possible achieved such a feat on a Monday?Turns out many, many people. The gym is obscurely packed, my brain can’t really make sense of it. I don’t understand, these people are social and awake?!

So before this post turns into the anti-gym motivational kind, here are five tips which I have found are working for me. After all as of tomorrow we head into week 4 of this new healthy lifestyle and with only 83 days to go until our big trip, I need to keep it up!

  • Food Prep

You may think it is easier to tackle either the food or exercise part independent to the other, however – you will find that your motivation is through the roof when committing to both at the same time. I find that I am more committed to healthy eating and exercise when I wake up on Monday and know that all of my food is prepared and ready to go.IMG_8291

  • Prepare your gear the night before

When I am feeling particularly committal, I make sure I have my clothes set out the night before. I am not even a little bit ashamed to admit that I have gone to bed in my exercise gear the night before, that way you just need to roll out of bed, put your shoes on, brush your teeth and head out. Also – please don’t be that person at the gym who has not brushed their teeth. Gross.body sock

  • Go at your own pace

I have learnt through my last 15 years of yo-yo fitness (and non-committal attitude) with a splash of quitters mentality, that I need to go at my own pace. I do not need to reach a certain fitness standard within a certain time period. Some days I will do 60 minutes of cardio and 40 minutes of weights. Sometimes I run. Sometimes I sit on the exercise bike and pretend my tears are sweat. It’s the little things.

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  • Music

Make sure your playlist is something that is going to motivate you and get you going. Trust me on this one, without your music it is just a room full of grunting and heavy breathing (no thanks). Also, I don’t know about you, but gym versions of music are some of the most disappointing things I have ever heard. Have you ever done a spin class to the gym version of Bangarang or Since You’ve Been Gone? It will make your soul cry.

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  • Create a Routine

I do this not only with my exercise (wake up and leave the house at the same time), but also with the end of my workout. Rather than heading straight home and getting ready for work, my Husband and I now finish at the gym and then go and get our morning coffee together. It seems like something small, but that little routine has helped get up in the morning. If knowing there is a delicious coffee at the end of it, is what gets me out of bed then I am all for it.IMG_9890 (1)Ultimately I make it 70% of the time my Husband goes. Some days it just is not happening and I refuse to feel bad about this. We tried the gym after work, but we both frequently work late, so that ends up with a lot of canned exercise attempts. The morning’s suck. There is nothing pleasurable about them, but in saying that, despite falling asleep at my desk around 2pm, the gym is done. I have worked out for the day and no longer have to feel guilty when I get home.

What tips do you have? What keeps you motivated? I would love to know!

x C x

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Dear Captain Planet Generation…we are failing

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Captain Planet….if you grew up in the 90’s you would remember him and the Planeteers (Kwame, Wheeler, Linka, Gi & Ma-Ti anybody?). These guys were the reason six year old me understood environmental disasters & devastating destruction long before I ever learnt it in school! We were the generation they were after, they were talking to us – we were going to be the ones to turn it all around.

Except…Did you know that since 1993, we have lost an area of ‘unspoilt’ places twice the size of Alaska? Or that humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth’s remaining wilderness in the last 25 years?

With ecosystems being lost there is no ability to reverse the damage and although there is still approximately 30m sq. km of wilderness across the globe, that only equates to 23% of the world’s land mass. In saying that a large portion of this is Australia’s deserts and western woodlands.

For those of us in Australia, our environmental movement really hit its peak in the eighties and the Australian Labor Party began capitalising on national conservation and soil conservation.

We are incredibly fortunate in that Australia has over 6000 Landcare and Coastcare groups nationwide. We are respectful of climate change, sustainability, animal protection and of course environmental care as a whole.

As we continue to experience the effects of the damage we have caused to our beautiful planet, a sustainable economy is more important than ever. We need to live within our means and try to use natural assets rather than depleting them and work to bring pollution to a level that our environment can actually handle, rather than damage it beyond repair.

Sadly, Australia is surprisingly one of the lease sustainable countries in the world. The AEGN confirmed that we as a nation have an ecological footprint which is 2.8 times the work average & our carbon emissions are four times the world average.

So how do we, as Generation Y try to give back to the environment which is home? How do we respect and care for all of the beautiful places which has given us land, rain, clean water, incredible ecosystems, animals, fresh air and healthy oceans (AEGN, 2018)?

Our oceans have the highest marine biodiversity in the world and our native plants and animals are found only here, in Australia. Along without carbon footprint and carbon emissions we have the highest rate of animal extinction and our extreme and dangerous weather events are increasing each year. Whilst there is natural attrition, we humans are responsible for almost all of the damage.

The AEGN is working hard to provide marine sanctuaries, to stop large-scale land clearing, to set up wind and solar farms and provide education around climate change, to protect biodiversity and restore land and to advocate for the proper use and protection of our fresh water supplies. We rely on grants and groups to get this done. So how can you help? Well, have a look at the following tips which I either follow or will begin following and see how you go. I would also love to hear what you do, let’s be the generation Captain Planet thought we would be and step up to the challenge of protecting Earth for the next generation.

  • Walk & bike to local destinations, rather than taking your car
  • Use a refillable water bottle and avoid buying/using plastic water bottles. Did you know that there are 370 million bottles going to waste every year & that these will take over 400 years to break down (ProAcqua, 2014). Australia’s use of bottled water generates 60,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year!
  • Dry your clothes using a clothes-horse or clothesline instead of using your dryer (these bad boys are one of the biggest energy-sucking appliances in your home).
  • Use a keep-cup for your coffee (it is estimated that Australians use 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year. That’s 2.7 million paper cups thrown out every day! (University of Melbourne, 2018).
  • Use reusable bags when you do your groceries (Greenpeace found that Australians use over 9.7 billion single-use plastic bags annually) (Greenpeace, 2017).
  • Use cold water for your washing machine
  • Unplug your electronics at night to stop them using electricity
  • Use digital documents and avoid print-outs
  • RECYCLE, recycle, recycle (the average Australian produces 1.5 tonnes of waste per year and much of this is avoidable!) (Greenpeace, 2014).
  • Buy products with the Energy Rating which is high, this is a mandatory scheme for most appliances and the higher the star-rating the better the appliance (Australian Government, 2013).
  • Adopt a water conservation strategy (fix your taps, use a water-saving shower head, keep your tap water in a bottle in the fridge, use your washing machine when you have a full load and on cold, install a water tank, don’t overwater your lawn etc.,) (Nature Australia, 2018).

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did, please ‘like’ or share the post so I can see! Please note, I have not been paid any sponsorships at all for this post. I only ever talk about my own personal experiences and adventures, places and locations which I love and think you will too!

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Sweet as…the Brisbane Dessert Festival

 

The Sweet as Brisbane Dessert Festival occurred on Sunday 3 June and provided all Brisbane-ites with their very own festival dedicated to all things sweet!

The World Food Markets (a group of twenty-or-so delicious catering vans) came together to sprinkle our little corner of the world of South Brisbane with chocolate, cakes, sugar-loaded candy, ice-cream and a few savoury options, just to break it all up!

From our wander around I was close to  experiencing whiplash, trying to look at all of the delectable goodness which was surrounding me! There were events throughout the day, we missed the kids ice-cream eating competition which I am sure would have been brilliant!

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Like most events around Brisbane, there was the option to buy tickets online, ahead of time and save some $. I think I paid around $11AUD, with the booking fee and the tickets at the gate were around $15. Early release tickets were under $10, so if you do have the chance to book online, try to do so when there is an early release (and save yourself some cash for delicious treats!).

I met up with a wonderful woman, Krista, whom I met on Instagram. Another Brisbane girl who is an absolute delight to be around. We met through #teamkaptainkenny, which is honestly one of the most supportive groups of people online. Krista and I, both mad Brissie lovers have decided we are going to try and showcase our beautiful corner of the world through #ourseqld.

The project is in its baby-stages so far and at this stage I am not sure how well it is going to do. What I do know though, is that we are both dedicated and motivated and at 32 years old, I now realise that there is no shame in failure or in things not working out. The biggest regrets I have so far in my life, are opportunities I didn’t go for, didn’t try or was too scared to risk my safety-net in doing (which is ridiculous because rarely does stepping out of your comfort zone result in physical harm!).

We headed to the Fish Lane precinct, which is in West End / South Brisbane and has some really amazing street art. Wishing you all an incredible Tuesday! Until next time :).

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did, please ‘like’ or share the post so I can see! Please note, I have not been paid any sponsorships at all for this post. I only ever talk about my own personal experiences and adventures, places and locations which I love and think you will too!

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Mindfulness: the the state or quality of being mindful…

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Mindfulness. Meditation. Taking a minute. Navel-gazing. Self-indulgent contemplation of oneself. Useless? Maybe. Maybe not.
If you are like me, and you struggle to take a minute for yourself, you may be in the same boat I am – struggling to wrap your head around mindfulness. My mother bought me a book called ‘Hurry up and Meditate’…six years ago…I never finished it.
It turns out mindfulness is much more simple than barricading yourself in a zen room and chanting to whale music with the smell of incense around you. It can be short, simple little exercises which I have really tried to practice myself.
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  1. Taking a minute to have a stretch, rest your eyes and have a yawn. Don’t feel like yawning? Pretend, then you will actually yawn pretty soon after. Particularly if you work in front of a computer, the eye rest is really important. Try to do this every hour, event if you just pick 1 or 2 stretches.
  2. Breathing exercises. How many of you, like me breathe very shallowly? When was the last time you really took a deep breath in and paid attention to it? My Mum passed along to me the 4-7-8 breathing exercise, also known as the ‘Relaxing Breath’. It takes no equipment, can be done anywhere and helps with stress almost immediately. How? Exhale completely through your mouth, make it audible. Close your mouth and inhale through your nose, counting to four. Hold your breath for seven. Exhale again, through your mouth over eight. Now do this three more times.
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  3. Mindfully eat something. It sounds funny, but if you are scoffing food mindlessly at your desk, on the couch, or whilst working (who else eats their lunch at their work desk and forgets to take a breath?). Use all of your senses to eat something, touch it, smell it and sense it. Savour its taste. Grapes are a good starter food for this.
  4. Be kind about where your mind wanders. Our brains are such amazing things, really – don’t fight your thoughts. Just for one minute, go with it, follow the trail your brain wants to go down. Don’t react, just go with it. Practice your breathing and pay attention to any common themes. It might be what your brain wants to focus on.
  5. Listen to a song you love. Put your headphones in. Listen to the song, listen to the words, feel the music. Take a moment for yourself and enjoy the senses of music.
There are also a stack of mindfulness apps available for your smart phone. The top five which pop up in the App store when I search for them are:
*Calm
*Headspace
*Smiling Mind
*The Mindfulness App; and
*Mindfulness: The Art of Being Human
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I have tried Calm, Headspace and Smiling Mind and have liked all three of them. You will need to find what works for you, please share with me any hints or tips you have!
These may or may not work for you, but the above five I have found to be very helpful. One day I might even have the patience for mediation, but for now – those listed above are what helps me :).
Thank you for reading, as always.
x C x
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