Sunday, May 24, 2015

homemade oat pancakes


One of my current favourite breakfasts is homemade oat pancakes. I'm loving these right now because they are healthy, quick and simple to make, yet feel like an indulgence to enjoy in the morning after a gym session.

recipe:
60g rolled oats
2 eggs
1/2 cup water

Blend the above together until smooth and thick. Spoon mixture in batches onto a hot non-stick pan. Cook until starting to bubble on the top and then flip. This mixture usually makes me 3-4 large pancakes.

Enjoy with your choice of toppings. Right now I am loving a dollop of Chobani yoghurt, some frozen berries and a drizzle of honey.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Currently: a snapshot


reading: Textbooks and uni notes. Less than a month to go until exams are finished for this trimester. I'm hanging out to give my brain a bit of a break and having some extra free time for myself. 

watching: Masterchef. Easy to zone out to or have on in the background after early mornings and full days of work and study. I love watching the contestants plate up and make their dishes look pretty.

working on: Getting all my study under control so I feel prepared for my exams. It will be head down and butt up for the next 3 weeks while I try to cram as much information into my mind as possible. My final assignments have been submitted so now it is all about retaining and expanding on what I've learnt over the last trimester. 

eating: I've started tracking my macros after some advice and help from a friend and fellow group fitness instructor. Still testing the waters but so far I'm loving this relaxed approach to eating, yet still tracking my intake. I'll write a more detailed post on this at a later date.

wanting: A puppy. Badly. One day when I have a house with a yard I will adopt one. 

loving: The cold weather. It's not even Winter yet but the mornings are dark and the evenings are perfect for snuggling and winding down with a hot chocolate and fluffy blanket. 

thinking: About budgeting and creating a savings plan so I can take a trip away at the end of the year. 

feeling: Tired but healthy. My brain feels as though it has a lot going on right now but I am doing the best I can to nurture my physical self so that my emotional self is well looked after. 

grateful for: My family. I don't see them often anymore but we have regular chats over the phone and I know that if I ever need anything they will be there to support me (and vice versa). 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

breathe

An illustration inspired by geometrics today. Last week was a challenging one and I often find the times when life gets a little complicated are the times when I feel the most inspired to draw. Creative therapy. How do you relax and destress?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

happy mothers day

My Mum and I
Today my family celebrated Mothers Day together with a delicious lunch in my aunty and uncle's home. Here are a couple of snaps of my Mum, my Nanna and I. I felt so lucky to be able to spend the afternoon together as a family.

Three generations - Nanna, myself and Mum

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

delicious autumn joy

I stayed home from work today as I wasn't feeling 100%. Whilst sitting at my desk I watched the windy Melbourne weather toss the Autumn leaves around our street and felt inspired to create. Here's the result - 'delicious autumn joy' - a simple little sketch inspired by the colour, movement and surprises that the season of Autumn brings.

Monday, May 4, 2015

who you are

A recent illustration titled 'who you are'

Friday, May 1, 2015

Currently: a snapshot


reading: A new earth - a book gifted to me by the managers at work

watching: The finale of The Block 2015 and Pretty Little Liers with my housemate.

working on: My yoga practice - I'm trying to get a little more regular with it. Feedback from the RPM Aim 1 module I attended a month ago. A few illustration projects. Lots of exciting innovations at work.

eating: Avocados. Always. As well as porridge (fav winter style brekky!), soups, bliss balls and Chobani yoghurt with a spoonful of peanut butter as a treat! I also tried my first acai bowl a few weeks ago and have had a couple more since. Why was I so late to get into this (delicious) trend!?

wanting: A second kitten. Creativity and growth in my career. A sleep in!

loving: The crisp Autumn weather, colourful leaves and rainy nights. Hot coffee in the mornings after the gym. Teaching my group fitness classes. Speed shorts - I know it's cold but I still want to wear them!

thinking: That I've totally missed 5 days in my blogging for 100 days challenge! But reminding myself that I can still jump straight back on board now.

feeling: Fit and healthy at the moment. I've managed to ward off the dreaded flu which has been going around (touch wood!) and I'm making sure to take good care of myself to ensure things stay this way!

grateful for: My friends, my amazing and inspiring team at work, my family and Lexi cat.


I borrowed this little quiz from Ali's blog over here. Thanks Ali - it was a fun way to jump back into my blog and take a snapshot of life right now. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friyay flow


A few fun snaps from today's Friday work party (lululemon style). We were treated to a beautiful yoga flow lead by one of our favourite teachers - Masha from Happy Melon, with drinks, nibbles, mingling and lots of laughter to follow. A massive thanks to the team who organised and put this event together for us. Such a fun way to launch into a fun weekend! 

A room full of lemons embracing half pigeon
(image credit: kchealthandfitness)
Chats and smiles with a handful of my favourite people
Snuggles with this adorable ball of wrinkles

Thursday, April 23, 2015

#joblove

Smiles with a beautiful work friend today
One of the hashtags used by the company I work for is #joblove. If you search it on social media you'll find thousands of photos and updates featuring stretchy pants, yoga mats, sweaty pursuits and smiling faces doing exciting things. It's part of our everyday culture - we do what we love and we love what we do whilst sharing it with other likeminded people.

I was chatting to a fellow lemon (aka workmate) today about how lucky we are to work for a company which values the happiness and wellbeing of it's team. We both agreed that if we were going to be spending 35+ hours somewhere every week then it was important it's a place that we wanted to be.

I got thinking about the concept of #joblove and what makes up an ideal career. I'm guessing the answer to this will be different for each individual depending on talent, location, family, ambitions and goals. Right now when I visualise #joblove I see freedom, creativity, purpose, connection, adventure and growth. However,  my vision is forever changing and evolving.

Have you found your perfect career path? What does #joblove mean to you?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

the annual cascade of autumn leaves


“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.” 
― Joe L. Wheeler

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

the best project

A quick and simple little share from the sketchbook today. 'The best project you'll ever work on is you'.

Monday, April 20, 2015

cafe lifestyle

coffee and study time today at my most recent favourite - 'Gardiner and Field'
I spend a lot of time in cafes. On the days that I need to do lots of studying or design work I usually adopt a favourite cafe as my office for an hour or so. (Luckily I have lots of favourite cafes close to home!) I like being out and about whilst also productive. I find the buzz and the atmosphere of working in a public place inspiring (and a strong coffee or two always helps get the brain working!) and believe it or not, I find it much less distracting than trying to work or study at home.

Today after attending a Uni class at Deakin I have settled myself at my current favourite - 'Gardiner and Field' - to complete some lab reports, discussion board posts and begin a major assignment.

My essentials for a 'perfect study/work cafe'?
1. Good coffee
2. Accessible power points
3. Enough tables for everyone (so I don't feel guilty taking up a space for an hour)
4. Friendly staff who don't mind me hanging out for a while
5. Cruisy background music

How do you find focus when you have a lot to do? Do you find yourself more productive working from home or from another space?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

vision and goals

my updated vision and goals for April 2015

Vision and goal setting is a huge part of our culture at lululemon athletica - the company that I work for.  Each of us participate in regular goal coaching sessions and are encouraged to think big, pursue our passions and work towards making our dreams happen. This aspect of our culture is one of my favourite parts about my job.

This morning I realised it had been almost 6 months since I'd revisited my vision. Many of the goals which I'd set in November last year had been achieved so I was excited to create some new ones! You can visit our website here to download our complimentary goal setting template and find out how to write your own vision.

This time I've reworked the original format into something which is more representative of me. I've included photos, illustrations and journalling with my 'by-whens'. There are no rules when it comes to goal-setting! Dream big, have fun and create something which fills your heart with excited butterflies!

Do you regularly set goals?
Here is a short video explaining what our vision and goals program is all about:

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Happy Melon

selfie in the bathrooms before class
I went to a yoga flow class at the recently opened Happy Melon studio this morning with a couple of lemons from work. My yoga practice is very inconsistent (meaning non existent most of the time! haha!) but I was super excited to check out this new studio and after a busy week yoga seemed like the perfect way to give back to my body. 

From the Happy Melon website:

"These days we are more likely to recharge our devices than recharge ourselves. Happy Melon is a first-of-its-kind mind and body studio that blends meditation with yoga and dynamic fitness. We believe this powerful combination of mental and physical practices is the answer to living a happier, healthier and more conscious life. The life-changing benefits of meditation are numerous, from greater mental clarity, calm and patience, to increased energy and efficiency. Get the mind right, the body will follow."
a view of the studio
The studio is stunning and I really enjoyed the class this morning. I was able to lift myself up into full wheel and go into a bind for the first time! Yay! 

Where is your favourite place to practice yoga?

Friday, April 17, 2015

the whole world is a garden

One of my favourite  illustrations I've ever created titled 'garden'
“It's not that I believe everything happens for a reason. It's just that . . . I just think that some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic. It's the universe's way of providing contrast, you know? There have to be a few holes in the road. It's how life is.” 
― Sarah DessenThe Truth About Forever

Thursday, April 16, 2015

when life gets busy

savouring some sunshine on a lunch date with my friend Alicia

It seems a lot of people have had massively busy days this week! I've found my mind filled with new work projects, study assignments, creative ideas and choreography for group fitness classes. All exciting things - but man at times my brain has suffered from overload! I find getting outside into the fresh air (even for only a couple of minutes) the perfect and quickest way to clear my head and free up some space. Earlier this week I took an hour out to catch with a good friend for lunch and some sunshine in a local park.

What do you do to refresh your mind when life gets busy?

Here are a couple of other ideas I like to try:
- Taking a long shower
- Tackling an easy small task (such as cleaning the bathroom or doing the dishes)
- Taking 30 minutes out for some free creative time
- Going for a quick walk and listening to music
- Playing with my cat Lexi
- Changing scenery - e.g. moving from my desk to the park or a cafe
- Calling a family member for a quick check in

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

fear of flying


"In every moment we can choose fear, or we can choose love. When you operate out of love, you smile at strangers, you tip generously, you assume that other people have best intentions. When you live with love life opens up to you, like a blooming fuchsia rose. Opportunities present themselves, connections are made, and everything feels good. You move swiftly along with the wind at your back, and there is a sense of ease with everything you do." - Gala Darling

Right now I'm completely intrigued and inspired by the concept of identifying, facing and overcoming fears. What are you scared of?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

rainbows


I came across this older illustration I completed a couple of years ago and remembered how much I love this quote. 'Look up to the sky. You'll never find rainbows if you're looking down.'

Monday, April 13, 2015

recap from a workout with Michelle Bridges

workout in action - kettle bell swings paired with walking lunges
Yesterday at the Melbourne Health & Fitness Expo myself and a friend got to join a workout session with Michelle Bridges. We were hanging out waiting to be let in when a lady from management approached and offered us 2 tickets. Having just done Body Attack we were knackered but thought 'why not?' and took up the opportunity. 

The session was held in a pen in the middle of the expo which was set up with a range of weights, balls and kettlebells. We were joined by 6 other ladies and put through a HITT workout based on circuits and bodyweight movements. For most of the session we were in pairs working on reps for time. We did a few drills where we alternated exercises - e.g. one partner would do 10kg plate presses while the other did 10 sprints, then we swapped until we had counted the sprints down to 2 each - the goal being to get as many plate presses done as possible in that time. 

I really enjoyed the workout and came away not only sweaty, sore and a bit fitter but also with a few handy ideas to add to my own workouts. Plus now I've got a handful of snaps of myself working out with Michelle Bridges! Awesome, right!?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Les Mills One Live 2015

Body Attack 89 - so much energy in the room! How many Attackers can you count?
A few snaps from the Les Mills One Live event at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre which I attended this weekend. The event ran over two days coinciding with Filex. Yesterday I got to experience the new releases for RPM, CXworx and Body Pump and today it was all about Body Attack.

Pre-Attack 89 snap shot with these amazing GFI friends
My favourite part of these types of events is having the chance to spend time with so many other inspiring, talented and like-minded people. Instructors from all over Australia have the chance to come together, network and share the passion for their programs.

A pack of riders smashing RPM 67
RPM was the first release I got to experience and the class gave me goosebumps. We won't get the new music to be able to teach these releases for another couple of months, but I am already so excited! Watching Body Pump was absolutely spectacular - there must have been at least 400 pumpers in that room, all moving in unison in a fiery cloud of red. It was almost enough to inspire me to return to teaching the program again.

The most massive Body Pump class I've ever seen. Truly Epic to watch!
My highlight was Body Attack 89 which I participated in this morning. The energy in the room of a Body Attack workshop class is absolutely unbeatable and it was so fun to join a class taught by the brilliant Lisa Osborne. There will be more One Live events throughout the world over the coming couple of months. 

Have you ever been to a Les Mills workshop? What is your favourite program?