Finding Motivation Part Three

Finding Motivation Part Three

Are you still looking to find some motivation? Well, don’t look behind you or in the past. It’s not there. It’s up ahead. Look ahead!

That brings me to point number three in this motivation series: direction!

Keep going in the right direction

Keep your goal interesting — there’s a risk of becoming bored, so keep your goal alive by growing and changing with it. Add in new elements, switch things around a little, find ways to stimulate your senses and the ‘pleasure centre’ of your brain while continuing to put in the hard work and effort. Stick some motivational pictures and sayings up where you can see them everyday, or write yourself little congratulatory notes and leave them in odd or unexpected places. Remind yourself that you ARE doing this and you ARE making progress.

Review and refine your plan and the steps in it. If things aren’t working or not working as quickly as you thought, or not fitting into your current lifestyle and commitments, switch it around, tweak things, or go and do a bit more research and information gathering to see what others are doing. Get some fresh ideas and build your enthusiasm and motivation to try something new. Refocus on just one step for a while to build that sense of self-efficacy.

Surround yourself with people who support you and believe in you, and/or those that are trying to climb the same mountains as you. Share your journey and feel the weight lift a little. Challenge yourself in a more public way; i.e. tell others what you are doing. That can help you to feel more accountable and more inclined to stick with your plan on the difficult days. And accept that you will inevitably have difficult days and setbacks. These are normal, good and to be expected.

There is a Japanese proverb that says “Fall down seven times, stand back up eight” or a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fall”. Have a little moan and groan to yourself when you hit an obstacle if you want, then shake it off and keep in mind that the setback today does not control tomorrow.

One of the best things to do to keep yourself motivated is to record your progress in a tangible way. Keep a daily list or log of steps you took, record your effort (give it a rating out of 10) and how that effort made you feel. Take daily photos of you participating in and working toward your goal. Keep a journal, or dedicate a notes page in your phone to jotting down your progress. Take the time to regularly look back and notice the effort you have actually put in and the progress you have made.

I hope this series has helped you to find your focus and your own motivation!

Love and light,



Caramel Protein Slices

IMG_8582-2.jpgA super quick & easy snack that requires no baking!


  • 1/2 cup macadamias
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup deseeded medjool dates, chopped
  • 3 tbs linseeds
  • 5 heaped tbs of vanilla pea protein powder
  • 2 tbs water (more if needed)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

A Love Letter To The Girl Who Cares Too Much About Everyone But Herself

This one’s for you.

You, the girl with a heart full of love and no place big enough to store it all.

Our generation is so caught up in this notion that it’s “cool” not to care about anything or anyone. I know you’ve tried to do just that. I’m sure there was a brief moment where you genuinely believed you were capable of not caring, especially since you convinced everyone around you that you didn’t. But that just isn’t true, is it? Don’t be ashamed of this, don’t let anyone ridicule you for having emotions.

After everything life has put you through you have still remained soft. This is what makes you, you. This is what makes you beautiful. You care so deeply and love so boldly and it is incredible, never let the world take this from you.

You are the girl who will give and give and give until you have absolutely nothing left. Some may see this as a weakness, an inconvenience, the perfect excuse to walk all over you. I know you try to make sense of it all, why someone you cared so much about would treat you the way they did. You’ll make excuses for them, rationalize it and turn it all around on yourself. You’ll tell yourself that maybe just maybe they will change even though you know deep down they won’t.

You gave them everything you had and it still feels as if they took it all and ran. When this happens, remind yourself that you are not a reflection of those who cannot love you. The way that people treat you does not define who you are. Tell yourself this every day, over and over until it sticks. Remind yourself that you are gold, darling, and sometimes they will prefer silver and that is OK.

I know you feel guilty when you have to say no to something, I know you feel like you are letting everyone you love down when you do. Listen to me, it is not your responsibility to tend to everyone else’s feelings all the time. By all means, treat their feelings with care, but remember it is not the end of the world when you cannot help them right away.

Remember that it is OK to say no.

You don’t have to take care of everyone else all the time. Sometimes it’s OK to say no to lunch with your friends and just stay home in bed to watch Netflix when you need a minute for yourself. I know sometimes this is much easier said than done because you are worried about letting other people down, but please give it a try.

With all of this, please remember that you matter. Do not be afraid to take a step back and focus on yourself. You owe yourself the same kind of love and patience and kindness and everything that you have given everyone else. It is OK to think about and put yourself first. Do not feel guilty for taking care of yourself. You are so incredibly loved even when it doesn’t feel like it, please always remember that. You cannot fill others up when your own cup is empty.

Take care of yourself.


The Perfect Baked Pumpkin


  • 1 x medium Kent Pumpkin; washed & sliced into wedges
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 3 tbs honey
  • Large handful of fresh mint leaves
  • Large handfuls of pine nuts



  1. Pre-heat oven to 220C.
  2. Place sliced pumpkin into large baking tray & drizzle with olive oil. Toss pumpkin around to coat evenly.
  3. Drizzle with honey & pine nuts.
  4. Bake in oven until cooked through and desired crispy-ness is reached.
  5. Remove from oven, sprinkle with mint leaves. Serve & enjoy.
Workout #14

Workout #14

This is one of my FAVOURITE types of workouts to do, and it doesn’t require any equipment. HIIT workouts are great because they burn a lot of calories, but doing too many leg focused exercises can cause unwanted bulkiness. This type of HIIT ab workout won’t cause bulk and will help you get a lean and toned stomach.


Complete each exercise for 30 seconds, with no rest (i.e. one exercise straight after the other). After you have finished one round, rest for 1 minute. Complete 3 rounds (or more if you’re feeling up to it!). 3 rounds should only take you around 12 minutes – easy!

Snap Jump + 4 Mountain Climbers

Advanced Toe Taps

Bicycle Crunches

Plank Leg Lifts

Roll Ups

Protein Oatmeal Slice

Protein Oatmeal Slice


Perfect sweet snack to hit the 3pm sugar cravings. Filled with protein, fibre and healthy fats to keep you full for hours. Keep them in the fridge for the perfect pre-workout snack.


1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup pepitas

2 tbsp flaxseeds

1/2 cup almond meal

1/4 cup sultanas

1/4 cup vanilla protein powder

1/2 cup coconut oil melted and cooled

1/4 cup rice malt syrup or other sweetener

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

1/4 cup milk.


  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius and grease and line a slice tin.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients and stir.
  3. In a separate smaller mixing bowl combine all wet ingredients and stir until well combined.
  4. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredient mixture and stir gently until just combined.
  5. Place into prepared slice tin and smooth the surface with the back of a spoon.
  6. Place into preheated oven and cook for 30-40 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown on top.
  7. Slice and drizzle with melted dark chocolate (optional, kinda).


Workout #13

Workout #13

This is full body HIIT workout that won’t cause bulk, and will still get you lean and toned, and burning lots of calories!

Complete each exercise for 30 seconds, without rest. Once you have completed the full circuit, rest for 2 minutes. Complete 4-5 rounds in total.


  • Broad jump + 4 high knee runs
  • Shoulder tap push ups (on toes – use incline to make it easier)
  • Butterfly crunches
  • High knee runs with step (pictured)
  • Tricep dips