Wednesday, 30 November 2016

7 Tips For Writer's Block & Gaining Inspiration!

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A lot of writers from time to time will experience writer's block and lack inspiration and that is why it's important to have some gems up your self to pull from so you don't completely stop the masterpieces of your work and your passion if you fall down that hole. Here are my tips and the places that I pull my inspiration from and I hope it helps you if you're ever in the depths of a block.
  1. Write Like Your Own Mentor: This is something I often do is write from a place of being my own mentor... What do I need to hear? What advice could I give to myself? What did my younger self need to hear?. I find not only do I gain inspiration from this but it's also rather healing and helpful to others too.
  2. Pull From Your Past Experiences: What can you pull from the experiences, heartbreaks and triumphs you've gone through? The people you've met along the way and their characters?.  
  3. Take A Break: Sometimes a break is in order to allow your brain to process, for ideas to come, for creativity to flow and for everything to work.
  4. Music, Movies, Books, Documentaries, Blogs, YouTube: All of these I personally find great at sparking subjects, ideas, inspiration and knowledge to write about in which my mind will often be fixated on for awhile and I'll be constantly thinking, questioning, pulling apart, putting together and trying to understand.
  5. People & Conversations: Now I'm no fan of small talk... I rather not talk to people majority of the time if that's going to be the interaction haha however in depth conversations one on one or in a small group... HALLELUJAH that can really set my mind buzzing. It's also interesting to bring up the same topics with different people to get their views on it and just listening and being able to take from someone else's struggles and triumphs and have it inspire you.
  6. Social Media Stalk: This may sound like a weird one and yes I freely admit to social media stalking...some people go to university to study... I social media stalk... hahaha (please don't send me to prison :p). I love analysing social media and why we post what we do and the culture of it and well depending on what pages you've liked and who you're friends with... interesting articles and content can come up and make you think, spark ideas and set off creativity with quite a buzz. I also love stalking people on social media and analysing what they've posted or links they've shared... it's interesting to me... fascinating and I often do it in hunt of some sort of inspiration, knowledge, understanding, questions and well not gonna lie sometimes I have a good ole fashioned stalk to see who that hot guy is or who that regular I see all the time is. *I swear people will start putting things on private now that I've said all of this... XD*
  7. Zone Out & Imagine: I love to zone out, I talked about this in my Daydreamer post... I go to another world and be where and whoever I want to be... I'm in another world and my imagination runs free, I get into weird silly moods, I often head bang to music and lip sync... oh how I wish I could be a singer or play an instrument! I will also often just lay there and dream to music... this state often sparks off creative ideas for me.
With magic from me to you
Rainbow :) xoxo

Monday, 28 November 2016

With Brave Wings!


Bravery may not always look like what you think it looks like it and it may not even feel how you think it should feel... such steps and challenges that come your way may possibly feel beyond scary, sickening, incomprehensible, unachievable and dark. I promise you though when you look back with time you'll see a trail nothing short of astonishingly brave and beautifully badass, so for whatever path you may be on right now I want you to know that your bravery is burning bright within your wings even when you feel it's non existent and one day I promise you that you will see the bravery in your wings and the bravery that you sprinkled behind. 

With magic from me to you
Rainbow 🌈🦋🌈

Friday, 25 November 2016

Monday, 21 November 2016

10 Tips To Stay Motivated On Your Fitness Journey!

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The beautiful Marianne from Don't Burst My Bubble (which if you haven't heard of her by now where have you been?!?!?!, she is currently doing a really cool series of her own journey of learning Yoga which you should most definitely check out!) asked for some fitness related posts on motivation which I thought was a wonderful idea so here we are! Enjoy!

  1. Find An Activity You Enjoy: There is something for everyone in the exercise department whether it's lifting, running, yoga, pilates, parkour and free running, crossfit, calisthenics (body weight exercises), walking, cycling, boxing, swimming, fitness classes and many more... there will be something you like so explore, try, find and enjoy!. If you enjoy doing it the more likely you are to do it and to stick with it. However there is most definitely a time and place to do exercise/exercises that you hate... to strengthen your weaknesses and to challenge yourself *I have my internal and external tantrums over such things at times haha!*
  2. Goals: Set big massive goals and then break it down into smaller goals and ask your self Why am I doing this?, Why do I want this?, Write it down, keep a mental list, draw it, paint it and remind yourself often!. With your goals make them sustainable... slow and steady wins the race!. While small changes may seem pointless and frustrating it's better than going full steam ahead then crashing and burning 2 weeks down the road! If you feel you can only stick to working out 2x per week then do it... nail that and bump it up to 3 or 4x per week. If you want to achieve results you are going to have to learn consistency, also make sure your goals are in line with what you're doing or vice versa because if you want to do a pull up but are doing boxing... it's probably not going to go so well... in other words have a exercise plan that's going to help you in achieving your goals. Lastly find ways to measure your progress, that could be that you are lifting heavier, running faster or longer, doing yoga poses that you couldn't before, taking progress photos etc. This can motivate you to keep going forth and to feel proud of what you have achieved.
  3. Prepare: I prepare all my food and pack my bags the night before, I also pretty much sleep in my gym clothes XD... so I can roll out of bed eat my preworkout meal (breakfast) and go. By preparing it makes everything that bit more easier to go get it done!
  4. Find Your Time Of Day: Some people find they have more motivation to exercise at a certain time of the day... I'm a morning person... so that's when I train majority of the time except for the odd time when something mucks up my schedule or I'm doing something a bit different. I suggest finding YOUR time and make it work for you where possible... though some of you will work better with different times of the day depending on your schedule... find that place that works for you of making it a part of your routine. 
  5. Make It A Priority: You make other things in life a priority so if you want to achieve results and stay motivated make health and fitness a priority. If it's important to you... find a way! It might mean getting up earlier, doing at home workouts if you can't or don't want to be part of a gym, doing an intense 30 minute workout if 60 minutes is too time consuming, you might find having a workout buddy is good for you so you can't let each other down or simply make it your YOU time!   
  6. Visualisation And Music: I love to visualise when I train, I like to visualise my pain, events or people that have hurt me, things that I want to help change in the world that also tie into my goals, things that I'm fighting for, my goals or just pain I see in people. I love to get angry when I train... it's a huge form of therapy for me. I was talking to my trainer a few weeks ago and he said on a really heavy rep or last few reps he thinks of his kids... so always remember that visualisation is a powerful tool... use it! Music... is too a very powerful and motivating tool, amp yourself when you're feeling low and unmotivated with it and I personally love the combination of good music and visualisation while training! (Gym music playlist coming Wednesday so stay tuned! ;) Hahaha tuned!)  
  7. Progress Not Perfection: Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will be what you want to achieve... it's years and years upon training and like I said before consistency. Focus on the progress you make and the empowerment you feel, the things you have learnt about yourself and your training along the way. If you solely focus on perfection at some point it will mess you up!. Celebrate your progress... buy a dress, get a tattoo or buy yourself some flowers! 
  8. Change It Up: Doing the same workout plan for long periods of time is going to stop you from progressing and is also most likely going to get boring and unmotivating. Your body actually adapts to your workout plan after about 4-8 weeks so change up your workouts to give yourself something fresh, exciting and challenging to do! 
  9. Good/Bad & In Between: You'll have amazing work outs, you'll have days where you set personal records, hit your goals, see progress, you'll have ok workouts, you'll have workouts where you just know it felt sooo good to workout and you'll have workouts that suck, you'll feel tired, drained and days where you don't want to workout... it's ok, it's part of it. Not everyday is good nor do we feel good every single day so same goes for working out... hold your vision of what you want and go and get it done and try and find something good in your shitty workouts... it might be that your squats were really good or that you really enjoyed one of the yoga poses or it could be that you did and finished your workout.
  10. It's A Journey: As many of you know I started from beneath rock bottom... I was proud when I started at the gym that I could even dumbbell chest press 3kg each hand, my trainer had to put me in a box push up which is easier than knees because I was so weak. Along the way I've dropped the bench press bar on myself... twice... one of the times I was wearing a big bow and makeup ha!, I've had terrible form on an exercise that's highly dangerous to do so several times... with trainers 2 of the times having to tell me that my form was shit (then they helped me work on it after telling me). I've been the weakest in a group of people and also the non fittest looking in a group of people...I've been around people who have been training for YEARS. I've injured myself from overtraining and have had sickness hit me (Glandular fever about 3 months into your journey is not fun!), I've walked to the gym in the dark, the cold and the pissing down with rain and I've cried through meals. I've also reached goals and achieved things that I've dreamt about that are so precious and amazing to me, I've fallen in love and have a strong passion for what I do and I have learnt SOOOO MUCH! I've made mistakes along my journey, I've failed in parts of my journey and I've also succeeded and I'm also still learning. Always remind yourself it's a journey... anyone you look up too has had to walk a journey of their own to be where they are and to achieve what they have... and so will you, it won't always be easy but it will be worth it.
With magic from me to you
Rainbow :) xoxo

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Coping With Loneliness...
























There is a good chance you'll go through loneliness at some point in your life and well most likely more than once...  it's easy to turn to self destruction to cope which is one hell of a slippery slope to a place that can be utterly soul destroying and hard to get out of... though sometimes you do what you gotta do to survive and sometimes it's the only way you know how to survive and other times you don't even know that's what you're doing to yourself however it's important to learn and to be able to cope with loneliness in a healthy way.

Learning to be able to sit with your loneliness, listening to music or doing some sort of activity like painting, gaming, writing, going for a walk, watching YouTube, talking with a parent, friend, acquaintance or counsellor can all be ways that can help... everyone will have their own healthy virtues that work for them and I encourage you all to find and seek them out so you don't end up utterly destroying your soul because you are worth and deserve so much more than that.

While healthy virtues might not be as enticing as self destructive vices, if you can learn to turn to them for the most part in the bigger picture of things you'll end up in a healthier, safer and happier place.

With magic from me to you
Rainbow :) xoxo

P.S: Allow yourself lots and lots of time to find your healthy virtues and also being able to turn to them instead your self destructive vices...it's not always easy and that's okay. <3

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Monday, 14 November 2016

Tribute To Alice In Wonderland!


Down the rabbit hole she goes, covered in darkness as she falls down, down oh down and gets flipped and turned all around. The tears start to fall and soon she doesn't know if she's too big or too small and if it even matters at all. She barely makes it through the weirdly shaped door to a world that's stranger than before, nothing seems to make sense Why is she here? she starts to ponder as she wonders through the land that only seems comprehensible within the imaginable. Perhaps she's going mad?, well she did just see a White Rabbit sprinting faster than one can say "Wonderland" saying it'll be late...for what...and since when could rabbits talk?!?!....Welcome to a world of nonsense she thought. 

Tweedledum and Tweedledee emerge, from where she does not know. Maybe they had the urge to converse which might she add they are not at all diverse and perhaps a little rehearsed! To be quite frank though they just wanted to prank her in order to be cheeky and all kinds of sneaky, just a couple of smarts asses that really should attend classes! They try running her around in circles in a game of puns and stories of forgotten ones just for fun, however she ain't having none and manages to get a way to try and find the White Rabbit that keeps sprinting off in such a manic he really does look in a frantic panic!

She finds herself amongst Flowers with singing powers that talk like it's happy hour, now dear Alice is possibly what one might call a wildflower amongst the Bread Butterflies and a Rocking Horse Fly, she's still all the bit pint sized yet humanised which they come to realise and proceed to ostracise and scrutinise as she misidentifies... Oh how it's time to say goodbye and find the White Rabbit that keeps running by all within the blink of an eye.

Alarming odd and oddly alarming she finds a Caterpillar smoking clouds of A E I O U screaming

"WHO R UUUUUUUUU?"...
"WHO IS HEEEEE? is more like it!"...
"BETTER WATCH YOUR TEMPER" he screams!...

Oh no... his temper is secretly intertwined with a reflection of deflection of what he can't quite grasp himself which all lives inside his poor little mind and well he certainly isn't kind as he screams

"WHO R UUUUUUUU?" for another time.
"I AM WHO? How am I meant to answer such a question about oneself when oneself doesn't even know herself and herself is still so young and hasn't really had the chance to explore oneself, this is all quite preposterous if I do say so myself!"  

Confused by whatever to do next and wherever to go while being presented with folks in the road with paths that are open and possibilities that are endless. Which way did the White Rabbit go is really what she wants to know... Suddenly a creeper of Cat appears grinning like a winner of knowing all the unknown knowns, how it even appears to disappear to reappear is one of the most mischievous unknowns to be known of a mysterious mystery yet to be solved so it can dissolve and never be told.

Where to go??? she truly does not know.

Well it grins, "If you don't know where you're going any road can take you there"
"Oh the irony!"
"He's that way if you're after the White Rabbit that raced through here, he's with Hatter in the garden of the rare which is more than a bit pear"... and with that off she goes into the depths of the shadows!

There he is the one that calls himself the Mad Hatter, an unbirthday tea party for the insanely sane it is, perhaps it's the former or the latter or maybe it's neither or either whatever it is cups are stacked, packed and even whacked with pots flying from one end to the other, as Alice stands there trying to avoid the pots while trying to connect the dots, confused and all the bit amused, the Hatter asks her

"Whatever is the matter?, Is your life all in tatters?"
"No, well, ahhhhhh, I don't know?"
"What ever do you mean you don't know?" he says
"Well Hatter none of this makes any sense, it's all a little mad just like you and honestly I think I'm mad too!"
"Not to worry dear Alice it's not meant to make sense or perhaps sense is meant to be made and well all the best ones are a little mad, so it's not all that bad!".

White Rabbit passes by in quite a state with a "I'm late" and he ain't doing so great as Hatter smashes, trashes and bashes the only thing that is, yet isn't in rightful order... who needs a clock to keep watch in a land that's a bit out of notch..., however off White Rabbit jolts and bolts in a horrified "I'M LATE!!!!". What is with that damn wide eyed and mystified White Rabbit will it ever care to share?, She can't help but question out of despair and also the notion that she's curiouser and curiouser with a pinch of she really needs to get out of here!

On her way that has no way when the Grinner of the Unknown Knowns appears in a another moment of her despairs, with antics to play in a such a devious display in providing a short cut to the Queen of Hearts maze, oh what child's play of leading her down the doomsday pathway...

Paint the roses red, paint the roses red..... cause the Queen of Hearts is a poser of the unsaint and not one for the faint in which she might just try and seal your own fate especially if you're late, you must never make her wait!. Flamingo croquet anyone???, well I suppose anything goes when you're in a world where goes anything that's clearly the rules that are played by the heart that has been tainted by hate, that's even how she treats her own Date.

No matter what poor Alice does or how she plays the game, off with her head will be the ending of the day for the Queen always has to get her own way, an ego so big she can't see past her own crown, what a clown... oh how it's about to go down as the mischievous Grinner of the Unknown Knowns reappears to disappear havoc circums and the Queen ends up flashing her bum!

"OFFFFF WITH HER HEAD!". 

In an uproar of fire things are all a bit dire for the now but ever so tire Alice.... what a fallace of complete malice which is seriously callous!... Oh how she can now understand the White Rabbit she thought!. It ain't however all hell or high waters as it's off to court to present her report of the case that will decide her fate which is only convinced by the Date that has possibly become her saving grace.

Witnesses that have no clue and no clues that have witnesses with more than enough mayhem to condemn another "OFF WITH HER HEAD!!!". She really is going to end up dead if this right royal funk isn't debunked!, thankful she's got a bit of luck with food in her pocket that will make her rocket, now she's bigger than all of these so called Guards and the Queen of Hearts what a facade as they all try to aim their darts "You're all just a pack of cards!" she declares without fear, however suddenly she shrinks in another moment of despair, too small once more oh she really must escape it all!

Dashing through the land of wonders in one sure hurry in the most unconventional conventional flurry, where she is back at the weirdly shaped door trying to get through to a world that isn't as strange as before, curled up asleep she sees herself through the Lock Hole that's such a troll as it doesn't understand her worry as she tries to scurry nor does it want to comply, is this really how she's going to die?. "Oh dear Alice PLEASE WAKE UP!!!" she begs of herself for the very last time.

As she comes too dazed and fazed with of mouthful of splendid nonsense she's all the bit crazed and amazed however realising it might of all been one hell of a mesmerising, enticing yet terrorising dream and so it could seem that such an endeavour will change her forever as what has been lived cannot be unlived just as what has been seen cannot been unseen...perhaps that's the unfortunately fortunate state of what is reality. 

What a world that was rather psychedelic with a touch of melodramatic which was a bit problematic and systematically tragic or maybe it was fanatically magic, she thinks, though one day she will return to the place that is Wonderland for another adventure most definitely awaits her, one she doesn't quite yet know but an adventure that will need to be told for who knows the sense of nonsense that is yet to unfold which beholds a gift that is pure gold.

With magic from me to you
Rainbow :) xoxo