Friday, 9 January 2015

J u m p (e r) || r i g h t || t o || i t

Necklace - Primark

Day 9 of a new 3-6-5. By show of hands, who's ready for winter to be gone?

Mmmm… well, I think I’d find myself in both the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ camps if I’m being totally honest! For the love of Fashion and all it's wintery goodness – No! The cold morning starts and scraping the Ice off Saffron (my car) –Yes!

Still, the gift of seeing a new day is always a well-received one.

What better way to warm the heart (in this jumper I bagged for £15 at River Island on Boxing Day) & celebrate a New Year than by encouraging one another with tips on how to find the pep in our step, than to jump (er) right to it ?

Here are eight top tips on how best to refuel and step-up!

1. Address those feelings of unfulfillment. If you are feeling over – or in turn, underwhelmed, the start of a new year is the perfect time to de-clutter. I often find that writing down my fears and apprehensions helps me to address them. Ever heard of the saying ‘Seeing is believing’? Noting down your struggles as well as your ambitions will help you conceptualise them so you can make the right steps forward in order to successfully bring them to life.

Whether it’s work, a personal conflict or too many demands on your time from family and or friends, you’ll need to pinpoint the reason and take action. Speaking with a trusted friend, mentor, prayer-buddy or family member who can give you a real perspective and a bit of tactful feedback, also helps. 

2. Remember what it is to have fun. Fun is underrated and it is an essential element for maintaining your mojo! Think about the times in your life when you really had fun, and how you can (ethically) recreate them. If you’re anything like me, you’ll think about the most cost-effective options. There’s always a way to have fun within your means. Cut your coat according to your size, and enjoy wearing it!

3. Get Physical. Hopefully some of these fun activities are physical activities. I went along to Go Ape  for my friend Ashley's (dope creative genius btw! Check him out) birthday and it was such a good opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors! Join a local Netball team, do a couple of gym classes during the week or start a running group with some work mates. Just get moving and enjoy it.

4) Out with the old – Donate the summer clothes that you didn’t wear this summer. I know your mind and flesh will probably have a little bit of trouble with the thought of giving these away, but someone, somewhere needs to and will make good use of them. To be honest thinking about it, this concept lends itself to a number of areas in life. I’ll let you decide on what those are…

5. Be Fabulous. Now, I know I’m always going on about the importance of shining brightly, but I don’t think I’ve ever broken it down for a sister – you feel me? Well, when you are in a crowd of people, look around you. Most people are not model perfect. In fact, most people have many physical imperfections, and almost certainly mental ones too. Even so-called ‘perfect people’ tend to focus on their flaws behind closed doors. The important thing is to be, confident and concrete in your body and in your conduct.

“"…you are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.…

Matthew 4:15-16

Aim to walk in a way that cannot be second-guessed, cannot be challenged and won’t leave people feeling as though it cannot be replicated. Your light is sparked to shine and be of influence – not to set you aside for selfish gain. Remember that. Make it your priority to live an infectious life. 


6. Hang Out With ‘The Best’. Now I’m not being subjective here. I mean ensuring that I’m not handpicking people who I believe are the ’best for me’ by my standards. I’m talking about the best from a Godly perspective . Consider those that really do add to your life, as opposed to those who take away. Yes, life is not about gaining or score keeping, but it’s important that we move forward in a direction that benefits our wellbeing and that of others around us. During this time that you are getting your groove back, spend time with people whose mojo cup is full.

Be with people who motivate you, uplift you, want the best for you, and who are just fun to be around. If there are people in your life who drain you or make you uncomfortable, this is the time to cut them off. Don’t isolate yourself. Go out with the right people and have the right, deserved kind of fun.

7. Do Something Adventurous. Shake your life up a bit. Do something that is totally out of character or unexpected. Book a trip to an interesting, exciting destination. Eat a new kind of food. Dress in a new but comfortable kind of way. I was encouraged through a saying of a friend recently:

“In order to be different to who you’ve already been, you need to do something different to what you’ve already done.”

8. Love Your Body. When we lose self-confidence, (even if it’s temporarily) we can mistreat our bodies. Treat your body with loving kindness – it’s a temple! Eat the kind of foods that’ll help you jump(er) to it. It’s a bit of a no-brainer, but veggies, fruits and lean meats and less processed, high fat bad-for-you foods. Here’s a list of the top ten mood boosting foods.

Kandidly His, Kandidly Yours,

Karen xo


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