Category Archives: Motivation & Mindset

Follow Your Dreams

Although I’ve only recently started taking my own advice, I’ve always done my best to encourage people to do what makes them happy, however crazy it might be. You only get one life, you might as well be deliriously fucking happy.

I’ve only watched a few of Bryan Stars’ videos, but it’s pretty clear that being true to himself, and doing what makes him happy is something that he lives by.

This morning I watched a video of his, announcing that he currently in the middle of making his first album, the Follow Your Dreams EP, and honestly, that shit really sounds like it’s up my alley. I have no idea what the music will sound like, but I think a concept like this is something that people should get behind.

Bryan is also trying to raise a little money for this project, and there will be a , so please check out the links below for more information!

Video link

Indiegogo fundraiser page

Later Rockstars!

 

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Workplace blues

Image from aromaticwisdominstitute.com
Image from aromaticwisdominstitute.com

Lost the love for your job? wanted to leave for a while but have continued to stay because you kept thinking you saw a light at the end of the tunnel?

I have decided this is quite like a relationship well past its expiry date. You keep thinking it will get better, you remember how it used to be, and you are sure (sort of) that it will get better again and you can go back to skipping into work on a sea of rainbows followed by chirping baby birds… maybe you have been thinking this for months… years even.

Instead you find yourself feeling sick at the thought of returning to work on Monday. There are periods of hope where you don’t have to force that smile, and you may not actually have an issue with doing a few extra hours to help out. After a while, you realise that these hopes are indeed false, and you are disappointed… again. You gradually realise that the promises of change, although well-intentioned and full of hope and sunshine are probably a far cry from what will actually happen, if anything changes at all… and you feel foolish for deciding to stay and ride out the rough patch (after all, fool you once shame on them, fool you twice…).

Toxic waste only turns your into a superhuman hero in the movies, toxic waste in your gut will just get you an ulcer. Not to mention, everyone around you is probably sick of hearing about it.

Sure, it would be better if you won lotto and quit working all together in favour of seeking out the best Mojito worldwide… but this is reality. So until then, at least find something that doesn’t make you want to blow your f&*king br&%ns out. Life is short, you gotta make it work for you.

Peace out Rockstars,

V

Red my lips – stand against sexual assault this April

#Redmylips

This campaign is soo important. In our modern society we still blame victims of abuse for not reaching out sooner, rape victims are told they should have behaved differently to discourage their attacker, men are told that they should be ‘happy they got laid’ not disgusted that someone took advantage of them in their blackout drunk state, women and very young girls are assaulted as an act of wars that they had no choice in being a part of… I could go on…

I’m really excited about the #RedMyLips campaign. It is a chance to bring these issues to the forefront, not just forget about what we can’t see happening in the privacy of a home that a victim should have felt safe in or a far off country. It is a chance to let victims know that there is a whole world full of people that don’t blame them for what happened, regardless of what they were wearing, whether they drank too much, whether ‘they seemed up for it’ before they passed out.

What I’d like is for this to plant a seed. To start as a gesture of sending a message, and continue this movement to create a new culture. One where people look out for each other, and victims know that they can turn to others for support. See a guy leaving the bar with a drunk girl who doesn’t seem to really know him? go ask her if she needs help finding her friends, ask if she knows this guy and whether there is someone you can call to come pick her up – they are somebody’s daughter, friend, sister, niece, whatever. And maybe she has had too much to drink, so what? you don’t know what is going on in someone else’s life, and how do you know that she wasn’t drugged? it’s much easier to get drugged than you might think, and being assaulted is a high price to pay for maybe being a little naïve.

If we don’t look out for each other, who will?

Check out the campaign’s page http://www.redmylips.org/

or hey, if you’re a Facebook kind of person, join the event page and share away with other like-minded peeps

Later Rockstars,

V

Doll on wheels – A quick shoot

So a mate of mine usually photographs cars and such, and has done a bit of modelling herself, but had never actually had a proper go at photographing people… until a while ago, when my partner and I took our bikes out to an area just outside of the city to meet up with her where most of the houses have been demolished (after the earthquakes we had 4 or so years ago now) – the perfect place for a wee practice shoot before the sun really started to pack some heat!

I haven’t modelled in what seems like a VERY long time (and even then I never know what the hell I’m doing!), and she’s learning, but we thought that together we could probably figure something out! Just because you don’t have a clue what you’re doing, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try! 🙂

If the photos below are anything to go by we’ll be seeing some pretty awesome photos from her in the future! I’m definitely curvier than the average model and I wouldn’t have a clue how to “smyze” but who cares?! Apparently she has more ideas to throw at me, so yay! It’s good to have a reason to doll up every now and then 🙂

Check out her new page LH Photos

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Later Rockstars,

V

Keeping the focus on the end game – 11 months and counting…

Image taken from imgdumper.com
Image taken from imgdumper.com

Some goals are achieved within a day, or several days, some take years… in this case I am in my 6th and HOPEFULLY last year…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have two core passions – music and the environment we live in, and given that don’t like the chances of becoming a wealthy rockstar any time soon, I am currently studying my other passion (the environment), with the idea in mind that I will move into some form of career at the end of it…

While I finish my degree, I work full time for a company I love, and hopefully will continue to work for when I graduate… which is GREAT, honestly and truly, I love the company and what they do. The trouble is, I am a person that needs some form of mental stimulation, variety, a different challenge once in a while. I have often joked that if I’m not moving – I’m asleep.

As I am currently only qualified to push paper, or run a restaurant, then that is exactly what I am limited to until graduation rolls around – COULD THIS YEAR MOVE ANY SLOWER?! The saying SSDD could not be more relevant… it has been the same for over 3 years now, and I’ve been digging deep to find my ‘happy-smiley work face’ for the last year of that. I’m soo close though! in 11 months I can finally exhale completely and move on to new and exciting goals!

Oh how sweet the taste of achievement will be! 6 years of…

  • Guilt because I don’t have enough time for my friends, family and boyfriend
  • Tears when the rest of my life started to implode right around exam time, because Murphy wouldn’t have it any other way
  • Stress-eating at midnight when I’m trying to finish an assignment at the last minute (which is really a day or two early but I know I won’t have time with the current deadlines at work)
  • Feeling guilty for stress eating but being too tired for the gym because I stayed up all night finishing my assignment then got up at 6am to get to work on time on the other side of the city, and essentially undermining one of my other goals (taking care of my health)
  • Being told by certain people in my life (of which I cannot choose), rather unhelpfully, that University is a waste of time and money
  • Generally questioning whether I had a screw loose when I started to embark on this journey, and whether I’ll even use the fan-dangly piece of paper I’m busting a proverbial nut for

Yes… sweeter than honey (or maple syrup for my vegan friends!). Eye on the prize…

Later Rockstars!

V

Living your dreams

captain planet Someone recently posed the question: “If you could do or BE anything, if money was not a limitation, if there were no barriers… what would you do, what would you BE, where would your heart take you!?” My answer to this was: “I’d be captain planet by day, and a rockstar by night” As ridiculous as this sounds, this is absolutely my most honest answer! OK so Captain planet is a cartoon character with green hair who can fly, and for some reason needs a bunch of kids with magical rings to do most of the work… but aside from that, the unnecessary waste and pollution that is caused by human consumption really is a huge issue for me. I thoroughly believe that we can live exciting and satisfying lives without destroying everything in our path, if we just made wiser choices, put our money where our mouths are, and force producers to make wiser choices further up the production chain. And as for my night time persona, I am definitely a rockstar on the inside (and sometimes on the outside, I try to keep it under control at work haha). Maybe once I’m not studying every second that I’m not at work, I will actually have more time to spend on music!! I know, I know. Usually when I hear someone say “I would do [insert whatever activity/idea they want to pursue here] but there’s just not enough time in the day”… I say “if you want it bad enough, you’ll make it happen, you only have one life”. I fully intend on taking my own advice! But seriously, for the next year time IS TIGHTER THAN [censored]!! But come 2016 – bring it on! I also happen to think that Captain Planet wouldn’t look all that out of place on a stage actually… I mean, THAT MULLET! Later Rockstars!   V

Plant based anxiety and a new year of university nerves

So I probably won’t be posting anything for the next couple of weeks as I will be in the middle of nowhere looking at rocks so that I can finish my degree at the end of the year!

I am booked to go do some of my practical assignments on a farm where the food is being provided, and I have promptly provided my details on the provided form, noting that don’t eat meat or dairy so I am curious to see how this will go… SURELY I am not the first to get difficult about the food situation?! As always I have thought ahead and started stashing snacks in my suitcase, though I’m not sure the dried peaches will make it to the trip…

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I was a quite nervous about what the food would be, the questions which would follow and the disgusted looks and snickers at my potentially ‘boiled to mush’, thawed and reheated vege options… but after a little thought, I have decided that if it all goes to custard, at least I’ll have some snacks to tide me over, and it’s two weeks tops. Who knows, maybe they’ll surprise me with a lovingly cooked vege meal!? Fingers crossed…

After reading through our workbook, I doubt I will have much time to worry about food anyway. I guess that comes with the territory when you are receiving the same credits for a two-week course as you would for a full semester… you can probably expect a hefty workload! I think the pre-course nerves really set in when I was checking over the list of necessities to bring and I see “Torch – for working out in the field after 8pm”… AFTER 8pm. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not afraid of hard work and digging deep to get the work done, but when I see we may be out all night and still have notes, and the following reports, etc. to write up when we get back? Good lord…

It’ll be fine…

I think…

Maybe pray for me just in case…

Later Rockstars!

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