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11 Tips to make your home more fun and less boring.

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My home is bright, a little eclectic and a lot warm and welcoming! If you want to make a few changes at home to create a little more fun and give you lots more joy then these are some of my tips for doing that:

♡ Forget the rules! This is definitely the most important one if you really want more fun. I really wanted a daybed instead of a couch, it is so much more comfortable, fits more people and doubles as a spare bed. If you follow the rules then you will always have a standard couch or sofa, facing your TV. If that blows your hair back then that is perfectly fine, if not, then choose something that really makes you happy.

♡ Mix it up! Forget about the need for “matchy matchy” and colour coordination, if you really want to shake things up and create a space that is more vibrant. Clearly I love colour so that is pretty much my theme, colours that lift my spirits and although there is certainly not a theme, the style could be classed as eclectic.

♡ Remember that is does not cost the earth to make some changes at home. Most of the big items pictured in our home are second hand or have an element of DIY. The daybed I researched and bid fiercely for on ebay, sanded back and then painted white. All of the other large pieces of furniture are also second hand and painted white by me!

♡ There is so much amazing wall art around these days! Some of my favourite places to explore and shop include Society 6, Blacklist, Peppa Hart and Ivy Invite.

♡ Buy fresh flowers, it’s an oldie but a goodie! There is nothing that compares, and if you head to a flower market you can save lots and find lovely fresh ideas.

♡ Keep an eye out in unlikely places for small ways to brighten your home. The Campbell’s soup tins pictured were a very unexpected find in the bargain bin at Woolworths whilst doing my grocery shop. Always check the grocery store for anything cute and quirky that can brighten your kitchen.

♡ Think outside the standard ways to brighten up your bedroom too, Cotton On Kids released an amazing line of bed linen last year and I have used a few of their pillow cases to brighten up my own room!

♡ Spaces such as balconies don’t have to be boring either! As you can see from the photo of our balcony sanctuary, this is a sacred space for us. The green carpet squares are super cheap from Ikea, the space is fairly covered so is ideal to turn into another room. I spend a lot of time working and blogging there, and also enjoying cups of tea, and champagne with loved ones.

♡ Chalkboard paint can be used for creating living art! I have painted our dining room table as you can see pictured, and everyone loves to share messages during meals, or leave each other notes.

♡ Party decorations, paper poms, banners and other items usually saved for birthdays and celebrations make wonderful and colourful everyday styling! They are also really affordable. Kmart has a new range of items in tropical theme you should check out!

♡ Hide nothing, savour and make the most of your favourite things. I have all of my magazines stacked in baskets for myself and visitors to access easily and frequently, the same for books and photos. Make sure that the things that make you YOU are always around for daily inspiration.

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Simple Ways to be a Nicer Person :)

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It seems like a fairly simple concept..being nice. Simple yet powerful in fact, often under estimated and over discussed though. It seems the message is not getting through to many, both in real life and online it still fills me with sadness.. and concern, the lack of manners and simple niceties. Of course there are times when the balance is restored, when someone does something so abundantly nice that it overshadows the not so nice in our world. I also believe that ultimately we have the power to fill our own lives with more ‘nice’. The things that we send out, radiate in all of our actions, these are the things that will come back to us.

So in the genuine interest of radiating more goodness, these are some of my tips for being a nicer person:

Shine the light on others: this one works especially well at work! Don’t take all of the credit all of the time! If you have a team, or colleagues who you want to uplift then nothing is more nice than complimenting them, making mention of their work in a positive way in front of others or bringing them in on recognition. It is such a simple and powerful way to practice modesty and lift those around you.

Remember your manners: it surprises me the lack of common courtesy some days! It really does make a big difference to remember our please and thank you and you’re welcome! It is especially important for us parents to model the manners that we want our little ones to take into their futures.

Be thoughtful: yes it takes a little bit of effort if this one does not come naturally to you. It can feel especially hard to be a thoughtful person if you are drowning in deadlines, meetings, family commitments and the intensity of daily life these days. For me it is about making a fuss of the people who matter, letting them know that they are appreciated on their birthdays, and also at other random times. It might be a text message, a note in the mail, a card slipped under their door or left at their desk..these reminders and thoughtful acts could be just what that person needs in that moment.

In the world of blogging it is especially important to be nice: our manners are not something to be left behind at the door when we enter the online world! I wish there was some sort of sign or alert that popped up every time someone sat down behind their screen, to remind us that even online we all have feelings. We do not know what is going on in the lives of those around us, how fragile, lonely, depressed or anxious someone might be feeling. It is always best to assume that everyone could do with more kindness in their lives, not less.

Spread your niceness everywhere: don’t just save it for the people closest to you, although of course that is where it needs to start, at home! Take a moment to think about how the waiter in that cafe feels, would a kind word or a little compliment simply make their day, the answer is probably yes! It is all too easy to take out our frustrations, our exhaustion and our anger on strangers yet with a little effort this can become an opportunity to connect and change lives. In fact it will most likely alleviate your own frustration, exhaustion and anger in the process too!

Remember:

Its nice to be important,

but its more important to be nice! 

Image from Minted.

 

 

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Simple Life Lessons from Conscious Capitalism

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{Image from Whole Foods Market..one of the most conscious businesses on the planet}

Thanks to my wonderful Ambassador role with my favourite magazine Collective Hub I was able to attend an amazing one day event recently – the Conscious Capitalism Summit at The Ivy Ballroom. Capitalism may not sound like one of my usual topics..Conscious Capitalism however, most definitely a newfound passion! Stay with me if you are a little unsure..I promise to enlighten you on something that has the potential to truly change the world!

Conscious Capitalism is explained in detail on the Conscious Capitalism Australia website and includes this lovely description:

A philosophy based on the belief that a more complex form of capitalism is emerging that holds the potential for enhancing corporate performance while simultaneously continuing to advance the quality of life for billions of people. The conscious capitalism movement challenges business leaders to rethink why their businesses exist.

Basically this movement is all about putting purpose before profit, taking care of the people who work within a business first and then organically they will take care of the customers. It is not about bad mouthing capitalism at all, there is no doubt that capitalism has changed our lives for the better. However, there is more that can be done to create a better world, and this includes better profits!

Did you know that the majority of people in the workforce are disengaged? This means that most people who head off to work every day do so with a lack of engagement, a lack of genuine interest and motivation in their work. This just bewilders me! Of course there are circumstances that can determine our need to work, our drive for income, there are also ways in which we can exercise choice and take charge of our own experiences. In the area of conscious capitalism, this choice is skilfully guided and provided by great leaders.

It was a day of sheer enlightenment for me, to sit and soak in the energy and enthusiasm of more than 500 conscious others and to see some of our country’s most amazing leaders share their stories and ways in which they are changing their workplaces for so many people. Speakers included the leaders of some of Australia’s most conscious businesses: Aesop, Red Balloon, Swisse, and Whole Kids were particularly inspiring!

It became apparent as the day progressed that the lessons of Conscious Capitalism apply perfectly to living a life of authenticity, a higher purpose than our own self interests and the simple principles of kindness and service to others. Hopefully this summary of those lessons that I wholeheartedly took away with me from this event will also become a part of your purpose.

My Simple (yet hugely profound!) Life Lessons and Tips from Conscious Capitalism:

♡ We are all in this life together! It is not about competing, it is about supporting each other.

♡ Humanity is one spirit. Our natural resources may be finite however our inner resources and capacities are infinite!

♡ “Most people die with their songs still inside them!” What is your song?

♡ The quality of our leaders affects the quality of our lives.

♡ Kindness and compassion will always make a difference.

♡ Life is precious and every moment deserves our attention and our mindfulness.

♡ Infuse your core purpose into everything you do!

♡ Making money the sole focus or the sole purpose of any business (or any life!) is flawed and toxic.

♡ Feedback, conflict and constructive criticism is a gift, look closely at the opportunities for learning in these experiences rather than seeing them as a negative.

♡ Wake up each morning and think to yourself: “How can I make the world a better place?” – let this guide your actions always.

♡ Ask yourself this question: “Can I go home at the end of the day and tell my children what I did today that I am proud of, and that I want them to learn from?”

What do you think? Do you know any businesses operating in a truly conscious way?