How to Find Your Hidden Creative Genius by James Clear (Animated Blog Post)

Hidden Creative Genius

“The most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week or every month you know you’re going to finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that … the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions.” – Ira Glass

Recently I came across this awesome blog post by writer and researcher James Clear. In it James shares some awesome tips for how to do your best work. I have been a big fan of James’ work for a long time and this post really struck a chord with me. So I decided to turn his post into an animated video. Continue reading

3 Ways To Overcome Your Inner Critic

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The inner critic can be a real downer and knows exactly how to make you feel super awesome about yourself.

Recently I participated in an inner critic workshop by Sarrah Jayne. It was part of the Flourishing Fellowship by Lifehack. The fellowship is an amazing programme focused on well-being and how you can use your skills and abilities to improve the well-being of young people in New Zealand.

During the workshop I discovered (or was reminded) of a few important facts about the inner critic, and how to overcome the little devil. Continue reading

Reframing Stories of Self-Worth

Reframing stories of self-worth

Do you pay attention to the stories you tell yourself?

Optimistic Chic Coaching Founder Stephanie Rogers shares her tips for reframing the negative stories we tell ourselves into positive ones.

I met Stephanie through the Live Your Legend community and she has become a great friend. A talented coach, her wisdom, optimism and positivity is inspiring.

In today’s video Stephanie shares two steps to reframing the things we tell ourselves so we can create positive stories of self-worth. Continue reading

3 Tips For Letting Go

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“What do sad people have in common?

It seems they have all built a shrine to the past

And often go there and do a strange wail and worship.

What is the beginning of happiness?

It is to stop

Being so religious

Like that.”

— Hafiz

This is one of my favourite poems, because it truly paints a picture of the sadness that is created by holding on to past, painful moments.

Letting go can be super hard. I’m not great at it, but I’m learning to be better.

In today’s video I share 3 tips that I’m working on when it comes to letting go of things. Continue reading

Do You Suffer From Destination Addiction?

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Are you always waiting for the next best thing to come along?

Recently it was my birthday. I turned 28 on the 29th of February. Yes, I’m a leap baby! I have to wait another four years for my next birthday to come around. Technically I’m seven years old.

A friend gave me an awesome book as a present. It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden is a guide to making the most of yourself. In the book it talks about taking advantage of the opportunity in your hand, instead of always waiting for the “perfect” opportunity to come along.

This point got me thinking and so I decided to create a video about it. Continue reading

Oprah Live – The Power of Belief

Oprah on the power of belief

I love Oprah and I finally got to live out one of my dreams of seeing her in person.

She came to Auckland, New Zealand and I got one of the tickets to hear her share the lessons she’s learned throughout her life.

Oprah shared many things but one thing that stood out to me was her experiences with the power of belief. In this video I share one of the things I learned from seeing Oprah live. Continue reading

3 Tips for Rocking Your Goals with Sarah Jensen

3 tips for rocking your goals

We’re almost a month into the new year. Are you already struggling with the goals you set at the start of 2016?

I was lucky enough to interview Sarah Jensen about how to rock your goals. Sarah is from Adelaide, Australia and helps bloggers and business chicks kick ass.

A life coach, internationally published writer and creator of the popular Rock Your Goals workshops and online course, Sarah shares her three tips for rocking your goals.

I discovered Sarah through a Facebook group for bloggers. After checking out her website I fell in love with her authentic writing and honest advice on life and business.

Check out Sarah’s awesome tips on reaching your goals in the video below. Continue reading

Is The Fantasy Gap Holding You Back?

The Fantasy Gap

What dreams do you want to achieve?

Perhaps The Fantasy Gap is stopping you from making them happen.

I follow a blog called 127kgs by a New Zealand guy called Shane Gosnell. He lost 60kgs in two years and shares honest and straight-forward advice on weight loss and fitness.

In a post Shane talks about what he calls The Fantasy Gap and this concept doesn’t just apply to weight loss.

In today’s video I break down this concept and how it could be holding you back from your dreams. Continue reading

How To Make Your Dreams A Reality

How to make your dreams a reality

Making your dreams a reality can be like pushing crap uphill. Although I have not literally pushed crap uphill, I can imagine just how un-pretty it would be, similar to chasing your dreams (which is definitely not a picture of perfection).

When you’re younger it’s easy to believe that those who achieve their dreams are “lucky” or “talented”. But as you get older you realise success comes down to much more than just talent or luck.

What have you achieved in 2015?

As 2015 comes to a close, I’ve been thinking about the things that I achieved this year. I self-published my first book, I discovered that I LOVE making animation videos, I got to guest post on Tiny Buddha, I made a positive difference in people’s lives through my job as a Weight Watchers coach and did some cool freelance writing work.

But, I’ve still extremely far from where I want to be. As much as I like working as a weight loss coach, I want to be freelancing full-time. I want to be able to work from anywhere (yes, I know at this stage it’s cliche. I don’t care!). I’ve made progress towards that this year. But it’s been slow.

It’s easy to get discouraged when it comes to chasing your dreams. “Success porn” is everywhere, especially the overnight variety. It’s easy to have unrealistic expectations. The new OCD (Obsessive Comparison Disorder) kicks in, you wonder why it seems that everyone is able to reach their dreams, except you!

In today’s video I share two things to remember when it comes to making your dreams a reality. Continue reading