New beginnings + goal setting…

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Happy New Year LUXE-lovers!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break and are feeling refreshed and ready to give this year all you’ve got.  It’s been a while since I posted on the blog, but I have to admit, a semi digital detox over the holidays was just what I needed.  In so many ways 2016 felt like the year that would never end and for me, there were as many incredible highs as earth-shattering lows.  So while it’s tempting to sprint off into 2017, it’s important to sit back and mindfully reflect on the last 12 months before setting some new goals and intentions for the year ahead!

I’ve always found the process of goal setting incredibly helpful, but I truly believe that when reflecting on those goals, it’s important to acknowledge them with an open mind.  While you may not have achieved everything you set out to on January 1, every success, failure or new path taken should be seen as an opportunity for growth – and it’s these lessons which are important to carry into a new year.

With that in mind, here’s a quick guide on how you can map out your year from a goal setting perspective.  Whether you want to categorise your goals into different segments of your life – for example, health, career and personal – or simply bunch them together in one long list, I promise these three simple tips will see you on the path to success.

  • Specific + Realistic – if nothing else, it’s vital your goals are both specific and realistic in order to stay on track.  Anything too vague and you’ll feel less likely to commit so be clear, be succinct and get right to the point.
  • Measurable + Attainable – next, you need to ensure that each goal is measurable so that you can actively create a timeline you can follow in order to achieve that goal.  This in turn will also make your goal feel more attainable as you begin to clearly picture your path to success.
  • Prioritise + Focus – the final point to note is that no matter how many goals or intentions you set for yourself, you MUST prioritise.  You might have a handful of goals you wish to realise in the short term, whereas others may roll towards the end of the year or even into next year.  That’s okay!  Just be clear about which goals you want to achieve first and you will naturally feel more focussed.  Having too many challenges on your plate at once will only leave you feeling overwhelmed.

Here’s to a beautiful 2017!

x A


Get motivated…

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Over the years, I’ve heard every excuse in the book from friends and family members who claim they just don’t have the time or motivation to exercise.  But while it may be true that we all have different schedules and commitments – staying active is more important to our health than simply how good we look in a bikini.  In fact, exercise can literally add years to your life, not to mention prevent a whole host of chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s.

But despite all this, more and more of us are choosing to remain sedentary and it all seems to stem from motivation, or lack of.  Here’s how to boost yours and get active:

  • Buy yourself some new activewear – yes, it’s superficial but there is a distinct link between feeling good in what you choose to wear when you workout and actually working out.  If your activewear wardrobe consists of a pile of daggy baggy t-shirts, nobody can blame you for missing that spin class again.  Give yourself permission to splash out and buy some new activewear as even though prices of gym gear can sometimes seem absolutely ridiculous, when you break it down into cost per wear, you actually get a lot of bang for your buck.  My pick?  Nike’s new Epic Run tights.  I am a complete snob when it comes to finding the perfect pair of running tights, but these tick all the boxes – they are the perfect length and don’t bunch up mid-run, the waistband is wide and tight, so it doesn’t roll down at all, and the moisture wicking fabric is super sleek and dry.  Winner, winner!
  • Find an activity you enjoy – as a runner, I often get asked if I’m crazy!  How could I possibly enjoy running around the park for no reason?  I don’t have the perfect answer to that question, but I always say to people that running is simple – you either love it or you hate it.  Don’t force yourself to enjoy a certain activity just because your best friend or Instagram inspo says it’s fabulous.  If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t do it – it’s really that simple.  Keep trying new activities until you find one you enjoy.  Who knows, boxing could be your thing!
  • Lose the all or nothing attitude – if you set your alarm at 6am to go to the gym, then hit snooze, don’t berate yourself for the whole day and think you’ve ruined your efforts.  You’re doomed for failure if you start your day with that kind of mindset.  Instead, when you do finally get out of bed, pack your activewear in your bag and take it with you to work.  Better yet?  Put it on.  If you don’t have any important meetings scheduled, wearing your gym kit to work will be a constant reminder that you need to squeeze in a workout.  If you can’t be that casual, set yourself a goal of walking home, or hit the gym on your lunchbreak.  The options are endless.

x A