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Fiji – luggage and bags


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My trip to Fiji was for seven days so I needed a minimal amount of clothes and extras. I was staying at The Novotel so knew there would be towels, some toiletries and so on. This meant I could reduce what I took by around 20% on other trips and therefore, decided to travel with my One Planet Traverse daypack as carry-on luggage.

I use this One Planet daypack a lot for those smaller trips. It’s volume is 38 litres which is a generous size for a short trip. I like the simplicity of this pack. Only one pocket on the top and minimal straps that annoy me because they get snagged and caught on things.

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Books & Resources

Audio Book Faves…..so far


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Happiness of Pursuit

To say I’d be lost without my iPhone 6+ would be an understatement. Last year, when I had an iPhone 5 I dropped it in a lake. Doh! A colleague suggested I put it in a bag of rice and after a few hours it was fine. But for those few hours I couldn’t listen to my audio book, get emails, make phone calls, navigate my way to the airport, tell the time (I didn’t wear a watch in those days), even at the airport I couldn’t kill time playing Spell Tower.

What I missed most of all was listening to books. I’m not normally a fiction person but audio books has opened new doors. Genres I wouldn’t normally be interested in I’ve tried out and discovered some great works.

Plus I go through stages. First it was the biography / autobiography stage. Then I tried the dystopia books, then crime followed by true crime, sprinkled with self improvement and classics.

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Daily Rituals

Creating your own night routine


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I’m probably more a night person than a morning one but my work has me up sometimes at 5am or getting home at midnight. So I can go to bed with a restful mind and then start the next day properly, I’ve created solid practices for both morning and night. In this post it’ll be the night routine. 7 habits to start your day you can find here.

  • Lay out my clothes – I’ll check the weather for the next day and my diary to see what clothes I might need then put the ensemble together, including any accessories.
  • Pack up my computer – I rarely use my computer until I get to work. If I need to check mail, I’ll do it on my iPhone. So I pack it up the night before including any cords and paperwork that I may need.
  • Notepad next to the bed with jotted down notes of things I have to do the following day. I have been known to wake up in a dozey state and scribble some unintelligible task n the notepad.
  • Brush and floss my teeth and at the moment, clean my Invisalign plates. Can’t go to bed without clean teeth.
  • Put on my Arbonne night gel. My skin dries out, particularly in winter so it needs rehydrating overnight. Click here to find the most amazing rep for Arbonne in Australia.
  • Drink a small glass of room temperature water. Too much and I’ll be trotting off to the toilet in the night which is a pain in the neck when camping.
  • Pyjamas – optional depending on temperature. Body making sure my body temperature is right ensures a good night of sleep
  • Go to bed listening to a meditation app. Simply Being is currently my favourite app and it’s free. Check it out here

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Daily Rituals

My morning routine


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We are all different and how we start our day is unique to everyone. I’m not really a morning person but I’ve never had trouble getting out of bed when I need to. So what’s your choice when that alarm goes off? Hit snooze and roll over or get up and start the day. Interestingly enough, I nearly always wake five minutes before my alarm goes off.

So here are some habits that I have that may help you start your day:Breakfast

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Living Simply

Thoughts on living simply


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Living simply isn’t about tossing all your worldly possessions and living out of your car. It’s about meaningful, deliberate action to minimise ‘the stuff’ that clutter our everyday life.

  • The excess
  • The gifts
  • The sentimental
  • The books
  • The clothes – OMG the clothes!

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