5 Simple Steps to Happiness….

Despite all the modern conveniences we now have to make life more efficient sometimes it seems hard to be happy amongst the concrete jungles, responsibilities and never-ending list of things to do.  These 5 simple steps will help you on the road to a happier life.

Step 1.  Smile more

When you are hurting and not feeling very happy, a smile can make all the difference.  As you go about your daily life simply walk around with a smile on your face.  It can feel awkward and a little uncomfortable at first but as you relax into smiling other people will notice your face is soft and welcoming.  Nothing makes another persons day brighter than a smile from a stranger.  The return smile may just make your day.

Step 2.  Drink more water

Just like a plant the human body needs water to survive.  A plant that hasn’t received the required amount of water starts to dry up, shrivel and die.  The human body is more resilient but not by much.  Water makes up between 58% and 70% of the body with the brain being a massive 85% water.

Headaches, poor concentration, sluggish bowel movements (eew right!) and fatigue are all signs of mild dehydration.  Include an additional glass of water when you rise and before any meal to increase your intake to 2 litres a day.

Step 3.  Practice gratitude

Not every one wants to or even likes to mediate but taking a few moments of quiet time to reflect on the day the is coming or just past.  Take a few deep breathes and focus solely on what you are grateful for.  Some days this can be extremely difficult but everything from the ability to read this article or even sit in the morning sun while you practice gratitude is something you can be grateful for.

Step 4.  Find your passion

Life is not a dress rehearsal.  If you hate being stuck in an office from 9-5 but your responsibilities mean you can’t break free just yet find something that drives you.  Take a course in creative writing, photography or even a yoga class.  Find that something that excites you and use your free time pursuing that passion.  You might be passionate about comic conventions and spend your time planning your costume.  It doesn’t matter what your passion is just find it and enjoy it.

And finally:

Step 5.  Have fun

Life is not meant to be a constant chore.  Grab a ball and kick it around the park or play with a pet.  Laugh with friends over a coffee.  Go to the movies and see a good comedy.  Dance around the house to your favourite singer.  Go for a walk along the beach and watch the surfers.  Read a good book.
Practicing these simple steps will guide you towards a healthier and happier life.  The more you regularly follow these steps you will also be naturally guided to other avenues of a healthier life thus making you happier.  Like when you are having fun and it leads you to finding your passion, hours of countless happiness will follow!

Blessed Be

Robyn xox

Noosa Trail Network…Walking again

The Noosa Trail network has 8 trails with over 100kms of dedicated walking, mountain-biking and horse riding trails throughout the Noosa Hinterland.  So now that I have recently discovered a deeper love for walking, plus I have a partner who LOVES walking, I have started walking again.

After climbing my favourite mountain, Cooroora Mt, on New Years Day with Ignasi, we have since walked the Cudgerie Trail, explored the trails just around Cudgerie and finally walked along trails 7 and 8 from my parents home in Cudgerie Estate to the top of Cooroora Mt and back.

There are some bigger walks over 22km and if you link trails 3, 4, 5 & 7 a massive 62km trail which I am far more inclined to attempt now that I have walked across Spain.  Amazing what walking nearly 800kms will do for your walking confidence.  I’m even tempted to complete the 40km Noosa Hinterland Circuit in one day at some point.  Tempted but not fully convinced as yet.

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Where are you walking today?

Blessed Be
Robyn xox

December Challenge Month – COMPLETED!!

As 2013 comes to a close I can look back and say that I have had a very full on year.  Not to mention just the last month! At the start of December I set myself 4 goals:

•    No poo
•    3 litres of water per day
•    10,000 kettlebell swings
•    2000 words per day.

When I first wrote these goals I did feel a like some would be easy and some would be hard.  How right I was, I didn’t realise which ones would be the hardest! So confession time!!!

No poo method

Well after 31 days of not using shampoo and conditioner I must say my hair doesn’t appear to be better or worse.  Sure I had some oily days but my hair is always oily if I don’t wash it for 4 days!!  My hair however did look amazing after a night of coconut oil and then washed. In total I washed my hair 10 times with the no poo method.  I initially used a 1 tablespoon of bicarb to 1 cup of water.  I now am using 3 tablespoons of bicarb and think I am getting a better result.  You certainly do need to rinse it out very well or it leaves dandruff looking bits of white… now when you have dark hair that is not a pleasant look! I really don’t think I will be going back to shampoo or conditioner so for now the no poo method is my method!
Drink 3 litres of water per day 

I am a little disappointed in this challenge! The women’s face on the article I got the idea from had very noticeable results.  I haven’t noticed any differences in my face.  The wrinkles haven’t disappeared at all and the darker circles under my eyes haven’t changed one bit.  I have probably flushed out a lot of toxins from my system but in terms of tangible results I cannot see them.  I will however continue this as well because physically I did feel better drinking more water.  I have only had soft drink 3 times this month and I did still have a couple of redbulls over the past month.  There is an addiction worth kicking!!!

Kettlebells (fitness)

Well I did wimp out slightly and get a 12kg kettlebell as well as the 16kg one but I feared at one point my elbow would crack! I am very stoked to say I did 10135!! I did one massive day of 1000 just to see if I could and a few other over 500 days.  I certainly am much stronger given my PB of number consecutive swings is now 160 with the 12 kg and 102 with the 16 kg bell.   One thing I did discover though is doing kettlebells barefoot on the grass is better than wearing shoes and being on concrete.  My ankles felt much stronger when I worked out barefoot.
2000 words per day

I was completely unsuccessful at writing 2000 words per day.  I have no real good excuse but a combination of the silly season, helping to prepare my parents house to accommodate 6 adults and 3 boys under the age of 9 have somewhat taken priority over writing.  Slack I know! I did however manage to write almost 30000 words so I didn’t exactly to no writing.   I just didn’t focus enough to really write! My poor book!!! I did however make money from a couple of clients so that was a bonus.

So prior to 11am on the 31 Dec 2013 I have:
◦    Completed 10135 kettlebell swings
◦    Drunk 95.1 litres of water
◦    Written 28902 words
◦    Washed hair 10 times

When I look it all together its been a very successful month.  Yes I didn’t get my words but that is ok I strive for progress but not to be perfection.  Had I of realised I would be heading towards 100 litres of water I would have tried to drink just a few more litres… really don’t think I want to consume an additional 4.9 litres today however!

I haven’t yet looked at my goals for 2014 but one thing is for sure it will probably include less countries, more writing, more self-development (living with so many people working on your patience is a given!) and more fitness!

Wishing you all a fabulous New Years Eve.  For me it will be early to bed and then climbing my mountain with Ignasi! Can’t have him in Australia and not climbing my mountain!
Blessed Be
Robyn xox