Q&A With Martini Mondays 

  
Tell me about yourself and your blog

I am a born and bred Adelaide girl who has a true passion for PR, the luxury lifestyle and all things creative. Martini Mondays is a lifestyle blog which showcases my passions, and the luxury lifestyle with PR added into it – I showcase talented women, I interview people in business and share tips on PR an social media. Martini Mondays is my voice.

What inspired you to start blogging?

I have always loved writing and story telling. I wanted a way to share my interests, passions and knowledge with readers whom I share a mutual passion with. As a natural PR girl and entrepreneur I wanted to do more than just write, I wanted to help people and teach them the ropes of PR and social media and this is how Martini Mondays evolved.

What is one of your challenges of running a blog ad business?
I have trouble switching off – as I am in the early stages of a business, I squeeze as much work as I can into the day as possible. I always feel like there is more that I can do, or another idea pops into my head (I often sleep with my laptop, so If an idea comes into my head I can jot it down straight away). As an entrepreneur I am hard working and driven and want to be successful in what I do and want to do as much as I can to work towards that goal everyday.

What has been your biggest blogging achievement to date?

The fact that I have converted a blog into a business has probably been my biggest achievement to date as well as seeing my hard work pay off through increased social stats and views to my website. It makes all the hard work worthwhile! 

I recently had a young girl approach me about advice on how I started freelancing and formed a business on my own, as she was interested in taking a similar path. I was amazed by this, the fact that I could help someone with their journey and they have asked me for help is great and makes me believe that my content is valuable to them.

What words of wisdom do you live by?

Be true to yourself; this is something I truly believe in – stay true to who you are and what you want and everything will fall into place. Also, listen to your instincts. Your gut is your second brain and if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

In your opinion what is the key to living a positive, happy and healthy lifestyle?

Diet, exercise and making time for yourself for me are important. I try and switch off one day a week and have some time to myself where I don’t worry about work (it’s hard, but you need to do it) – I go for a walk, meditate, catch up with a girlfriend, spend time with family at my holiday house. You need to look after yourself mentally – if you are not feeling your best and need a day to yourself, then do it and get back into it the following day, you need to look after yourself mentally.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by so many different people and different things for a range of reasons – but I am most inspired by women in business and the remarkable work they are doing, it makes me believe in myself and it gives me the confidence to reach for more. Working with women in business is something I am going to be doing a lot more in the future with a few exciting projects on the way.

What can readers expect from you and your blog/work in the coming months?
There’s a lot happening at Martini Mondays at the moment; I am working on a few new features which will include tips on social media and PR for small businesses as well as showcasing more talent of women in business. I want to offer my readers valuable content in a variety of ways.

What advice would you offer to creative entrepreneurs starting out on their own?

Have mentor(s) and good people around you. I am blessed to have a number of people around me that I can call, email, text anytime for advice. I also have a great support around me; my friends and family are incredibly supportive of my work and what I am doing and have offered support in a number of ways. A close friend of mine told me the other day that I have inspired her to start writing again and following her passions, and the fact that I am having that effect on those around me motivates to reach for more.

What does the future hold for you and your blog?
I am involved in a lot of projects at the moment – I have just launched my e-newsletter which is exciting and I am working on some new content themes. Martini Mondays will continue to evolve and offer readers valuable content that they can relate to and hopefully learn a thing or two along the way!

Check out the great work Morgan is doing over on Martini Mondays here

Guest Blogger: The Power of Positive Thiking

  
“You are what you think. You attract what you think; your life is a product of your thought and belief; nothing in the world can change this fact. To alter your life the only course open to you is to alter your thinking.”

Hi there guys, I am so happy to be a guest blogger today for Bubbles at Breakfast. My name is Harriet and I run my own blog called Young Fit N Fabulous focusing on diet, fitness, health, and beauty. As well as motivational tips and tricks for living your best life possible. Today I wanted to touch on a topic that is very near and dear to my heart, and that is the Power of Positive Thinking and the Law of Attraction.

Can you guess what the most successful and happy people think about all day long? The answer is really simple, they think about what they want and how to get it. They set their intentions for the day, week, month or lifetime and they take small steps every day to get them there.

It never ceases to amaze me how wrapped up we tend to get in the small and unimportant details of our lives. Traffic, a slow internet connection, missing a workout, forgetting to do a load of laundry, or other trivial things that in the long run will have no impact on our lives. If you really stop and think about it for a second, like slow down and wrap your head around this, we are all sitting in the middle of a full blown miracle that is happening right here and right now.

We are living on a planet that somehow knows how to rotate on its axis and follow a definitive path while it hurtles itself through space and time. Our hearts beat, we have the ability to feel love, laugher, trust, empowered, and so many other different wonderful emotions as well as the not so wonderful emotions that make up the human experience.

We have music, compassion, flowers, mountains, and cookies for goodness sake! We are living in a beautiful universe overflowing with miracles and the fact that we don’t wake up every single day in awe of the amazing world we live in is a crying shame.

The Universe must be thinking “what more do these guys need? Teleportation? Why cant they just be happy”. My thoughts exactly… The Universe or Creator, or whatever your choose to believe in loves us so much and wants us to partake in this wonderful thing called life so badly, that sometimes we receive little wake up calls. Like you know in the movies when somebody narrowly escapes a near death experience and they finally realize they need to go marry the love of their life, or quit their dead end job, and they are just so overjoyed and high on life that they run through streets singing and skipping, hugging everybody in sight? Suddenly all of their so-called “big problems” seem meaningless and trivial and the miracle of simply being alive, breathing in and out is more than enough to make them happy.

PEOPLE! It SHOULD NOT take a catastrophic event to give you a wake up call. Let THIS be your wake up call (you’re welcome by the way that I saved you from needing to almost fall off a bridge to realize these things).

All of the stuff that we spend so much of our time focusing on already exists anyway, the things that we are fixated on having. The money you want already exists, the person you want to meet and fall in love with is already out there, and the dream job you have always hoped for is out there too and is yours for the taking. The life that you have always wanted is right here, right now!

What the heck is this crazy chick talking about?

I thought you’d never ask, well I am talking about the Law of Attraction! It’s not that the things and opportunities we want in life don’t exist, it’s that we don’t think that we are capable of having them or even aware of their existence. Therein lies the problem. You need to have an abundance mentality, meaning you need to truly in your heart of hearts believe that everything you want in life is out there in the world and is yours for the taking. When you think like this and you focus on being present and connected to this energy and mentality you are then available to actually receive it. When you practice gratitude, you are coming from a positive mindset and therefore you are more likely to attract other positive opportunities. Being present allows you to seize opportunities that might miss out on if all you think about is the laundry list of negative things in your life that you lie in bed at night thinking about.

When we get so wrapped up in our heads, we miss out on what is happening and available to us right now. Stop and notice how you feel right now in this very moment, breathe in and feel the breath flow through you. Feel your feet on the ground and feel connected with the earth and all that surrounds you. Feel your heart beating and your ears hearing, and notice the energy inside and outside of your body buzzing. Shut off all of the voices and noise in your head that is telling you no, that you aren’t worthy, that you aren’t deserving of the life you have always dreamed about. Tell those negative voices to go to hell and realize that everything you have always wanted in life is possible, you just have be positive and believe with all your heart and soul that you are wonderful, worthy, and capable of that happiness. When you shift your mindset from a place of negativity to a place of positivity and a “can do” attitude, you can watch your whole life change for the better, I promise!

XOXO Harriet  

 

 

The Creative Blogger Award: Paying It Forward

  
I am so touched to receive this nomination for The Creative Blogger Award from the inspirational Harriet at Young Fit N Fabulous. 

I am so passionate about women working together and nothing embodies positivity more than lifting one another up. I am delighted to share with you 5 things you may not know about me and pay this award forward to those bloggers that drive me. 

Rules

Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog

Share five facts about yourself.

Nominate 10-15 bloggers and add their links.

Notify the bloggers you included.

Keep the rules in your post.

Facts 

1. I am Welsh, born and raised in Swansea and did all my primary and secondary school education in the Welsh language. I moved to Australia in 2011 and have lived here in Perth, Western Australia ever since.

2 . If I could be anything in the world I would be an Editor of a high profile glossy magazine….until then I will keep blogging.

3. I don’t eat carbs or sugar (apart from the occasional treat). My partner Andy and I have been living a ketogenic lifestyle for a few years now, eating a high fat, moderate protein and low carb diet. 

4. For a short while I ran my own Lolly Buffet business in Perth called The Candy Cane Company, styling sugary delights for weddings, parties and corporate events (ironic now I have given up sugar). 

5. I love interior design and at one point was considering a career in this field. After doing an internship at an architect company in Orlando, Florida I almost went to Manchester Uni to study Art and design. After finishing secondary school I became too scared to pursue a creative career (due to the high number that don’t make it) and instead studied a degree in Geography. 

Nominees 

I am paying it forward to some of the bloggers that inspire me the most, the ones that ignite my passion for creativity and those I admire for all that they do.

My nominations are: 

Dynamique Blog

For the creativity and colour that encompasses all that they are about 

Life with Elizabeth Rose

For being there at the beginning of my journey and igniting my passion to start Bubbles at Breakfast 

The Illusive Femme

For the endless attainable outfit creations for the every day woman

Shannon Kaiser

For resonating so deeply with me and being a source of my inspiration 

Connie Chapman 

For reading my thoughts and feelings and offering experiences and outlooks I can relate to

Jenuine Blogger

For bringing affordable glamour and style to readers 

Relatable Miss Renton

For the motivation to get moving and live well

Wanderlust by Val

For the stream of happy go lucky photos on my Instagram feed 

Martini Monday’s 
For uplifting and supporting others and encompassing all that is women supporting women 

Well of Nourishment

For providing a constant source of nutritious and healthy food options so I may never go hungry

Hannah B C

For the daily dose of sunshine that we all need in our life 

Be OK With Not Knowing

  
Sometimes the deepest feelings of happiness and content come from letting go. We don’t have to know all the answers. It’s ok to not know what happens next. It’s ok not to be in control. Too often we worry about figuring out what we want from life and force our lives down a path we tell ourselves we want. The truth is, this works for very few. A lot of us don’t truly know what we want from life, or more so we think we know but we don’t. And that’s ok. We don’t have to know. We can let go and trust that life will take us where we are meant to be. The minute you let go you enter a more positive space and I promise you this, you will feel liberated. When you let go you let your heart guide you, and often this is when you find your true calling in life. Stop forcing, stop figuring out what and why and when and how and just let it be. Life will guide you where you need to go. 

How To Practice Gratitude 

  
Being grateful means to be mindful. When appreciating the goodness in life you are living in the moment and experiencing what life has to offer, as it happens. There are many ways to practice gratitude. Here are my top 5 tips:

1. Keep a gratitude journal and each day jot down what you are thankful for. It can be big or small, from recognition and reward at work to a simple smile from a stranger, it does not matter. The important thing is you take stock and appreciate the goodness of the day.

2. When you are feeling stressed, overworked, rushed or low take a few minutes to see the positive in the situation. If you are feeling overworked take time to think how lucky you are to have a job. If you are feeling rushed take a moment to recognise and be grateful that you have somewhere to be or someone that needs your time and values you. Just 30 seconds a day to focus on the positive in a negative will form the building blocks for a happier and healthier life.

3. Each morning as you wake, set the positive tone for the day. Visualise what you want to achieve that day and take time to be grateful for living another day. 

4. Get in the habit of each time you put your key in the lock to appreciate that you have a home to live in. Doing this exercise daily will soon become a trigger and a habit of gratitude as you step into your home.

5. Each day tell someone different how appreciative you are of them, what they do or what they say. This could be saying thank you to a customer service agent for helping you with your query or telling your loved one how much you value them. This not only instils a sense of gratitude in yourself but also pays it forward to others, helping them to have a good and happy day. 

There are so many ways to practice gratitude daily and the most important thing is that you do it. It doesn’t matter what you pay appreciation to, as long as you incorporate it into daily life. Be thankful and open hearted and the world will thank you back. 

Love Yourself Enough To Give Your Heart What It Wants

  
Doodling the other day I was drawn to sketch this quote. 

How often do we tell ourselves:
I can’t 

I’m not good enough 

I’m not intelligent enough

I’m not skinny enough 

I’m not rich enough

I’m not fit enough 

I’m not fun enough

I’m not creative enough 

I’m too shy

I’m too tired

I’m too old

I’m too time poor 

All these negativities are holding you back from where you want to be, where you are capable of reaching and all that you are able to be. These few words are what stand between you and your true passions in life. You are the creator of your own life and what you chose to believe is what will be. 

You can 

You are good enough 

You are intelligent enough 

You are beautiful 

You can do it

You can find the time 

You are never to old

You have the courage 

You will find the energy 

You are enough 

Love yourself enough to give your heart what it wants. 

Be In The Moment: Stop And Smell The Roses 

  
We spent too little time in the present moment and too much time trying to change it. Our minds are continuously preoccupied with so many thoughts and our bodies run around moving from one task to the next, making us feel stressed, anxious, depressed and off-balance. With so many demands on our time and the flurry of daily information to absorb it can becoming increasingly hard to stay centred and balanced. Life can become a churn and burn scenario where we are always pushing through to get to ‘better days’. This way of living is called mindlessness, always living in the past or future and never the present. Life passes us by, and in a negative and unrewarding way. 

Thankfully mindlessness has an opposition…mindfulness. Through training yourself to slow down, become aware of your thoughts, feelings, surrounding and behaviours you can bring balance back into your life and alleviate the anxious and stressed out feelings of modern day life. Take time each day to check in with yourself. Start by picking a time each day where you stop what you are doing and sit, taking stock of how you feel, how you are behaving, how you are sitting and observe your surroundings. Be aware of your emotions and recognise how they are influencing you. Don’t try to change them, just observe. Let everything be but be aware. Do this daily and you will soon start to see and feel the difference. 

Stop and smell the roses. Be still, be present and just let it be.

Find Your Mindful Place 

 
To live mindfully means to live in the present moment, to be aware of your thoughts and feelings and to be mindful of your actions and behaviours. 

For me, the beach is where I feel most mindful. Nature at its finest where the lapping waves remind me that there is something much bigger than I am. 

Where is your mindful place? 

Sleepy Me: Unwind The Mind For Better Sleep

  
We all know not lay in bed for hours scrolling through Facebook or Instagram before sleep but in reality, we all do it. That quick check on what your friends are up to turns into 30 minutes, 40 minutes, one hour, and before you know it you’re wide awake, over stimulated and can’t nod off to the land of Z’s. 

Forming a new bedtime pattern does take time to instil. Don’t they say it takes 21 days to form a habit? Anyway, what works for one person may not work for another, but here are some tips and suggestions on what I find works (and what I have suggested to friends and they have found to work too). 
Get under the covers at least 30 minutes before your usual sleep time and use this time to lay out flat, stretching the body to relieve the stiffness and tensions of the day and prepare your body for sleep. I use this time to slow down my breathing and soften my body for a good nights sleep. Even if your evening has been one of relaxation sprawled out on the sofa, still hit the hey early and sink into softness. 

Next is the mind. Meditation is a great way to declutter the mind of all those racing thoughts, but if meditation isn’t for you then a good playlist of relaxing music is a great alternative to still the mind and calm those thoughts. I love to put on an eye mask, grab my earphones and lay there shutting out the world and really going within. I find Mary Maddox’s Meditation Oasis podcast series of guided meditation perfect for kissing those worries away. Her soothing voice and tranquil music really helps me leave my stresses behind.

1 to 2 hours before bed try sipping a herbal tea with calming and relaxing properties. Chamomile tea and lavender tea are a great go-to blend as they hold great health benefits in their ability to relieve stress, improve mood and promote a restful sleep. my favourite is English Tea Shop’s organic Sleepy Me tea. The blend of lavender, hop leaves, lemon balm and valerian roots is the perfect cup of loving care. 

Finally, but importantly is temperature. Being too hot or being too cold is not conductive of a good nights sleep. Studies have shown that sleeping in a cool room actually has significant health benefits (including calorie burning which is a winner). I personally sleep best in a cool room and throughout the summer months here in Australia my aircon does take a battering. Not economical or the most environmentally friendly (and a habit I really must change) so depending where you are in the world, either turn of that central heating and snuggle up or open up those windows and let the cool night breeze circulate your room. Your body will thank you for it when you wake up refreshed from a blissful forty winks.

It really doesn’t matter what relaxation activities you chose as long as you focus on the mind and body and ways to calm both. Some enjoy reading, others enjoy listening to the radio. The takeaway here is to put down the digital media and switch off, what ever that looks like for you. 

If you have relaxation activities that work for you I would love to hear them. Share your tips and tricks with us all. 

Vision Board: Positive Thiking To Attract What You Want

   
 
Visualisation is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do and after watching ‘The Secret’ on Netflix last week I decided a vision board would be the starting point for my change in direction. Up until now I have always believed life is what you make it and the only way to get what you want is to go out there and get it. I still believe in this, however I have learnt that visualisation can actually be the tool that aids the attainment of all that you want. 

Athletes have been using this method for decades, visualising themselves running the course and winning before even commencing the race, so it makes sense that this technique could hold powerful results in all aspects of life.
Visualisation works on the fundamentals of the law of attraction, summing up the idea that “like attracts like” and when a person focuses on a positive or a negative they attract the positive or negative towards them. Essentially, by focusing on the negative you actually keep drawing negativity towards you. The power is held within visualising what you want, and visualising yourself having what you want and eventually what you want will become yours. Of course, this is not an exercise that brings results first time. Rather this is a mindset to adopt and exercise all day every day and form a part of your lifestyle. 

So how does a vision board work?By having a visual of what you want to achieve in life pinned somewhere you see regularly, this clarifies and focuses the mind on the goals you want to achieve. Creating a vision board of images of your ultimate goals and focusing on it daily breeds positivity and like the law of attraction suggests “like attracts like”. 

It’s important not to just focus on the material things but the emotional more so. A vision board is designed to be one of positivity and optimism not greed and gluttony. It is therefore important to not disregard what you already have. A prerequisite for attaining what you want is not only visualisation but to have gratitude and appreciation for what you already have. For me visualisation and gratitude go hand in hand as one, journaling to appreciate what life has already given me whilst visualising where I want life to take me next.

In my vision board I decided to focus on 9 key areas:

1. Personal growth 

2. Financial growth

3. Health

4. Body

5. Creativity 

6. Travel

7. Happiness

8. Balance 

9. Soul 

These 9 areas are aspects of my life I wish to enhance. All but one are emotive or experiential and not materialistic, as I want to test the power of a vision board to change how I feel and not what I have. I toyed with myself for some time on whether financial growth should form a part of my vision board. I opted to include it as it is an area of my life I worry about often. It serves to be a real test to whether I can visualise myself being free from financial worry and in turn attract comfort in my financial situation. 

To further enhance my vision board I have framed it and placed it front and centre on my desk at work, a space I spent 9 hours a day 5 days a week. A replica is also sitting pretty on my dressing table at home to soak in each morning as I prepare for the day ahead. 

Each day I will now look at my vision board, be thankful for all the wonderful people, experiences and things I have and have had in life and visualise my future the way I want it.