Goal kicking 4 years on!

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It occurred to me that I’ve just hit my ME/CFS anniversary and I think it’s safe to say that I’ve kicked it to the curb! This past year has been filled with a bit of goal kicking and it’s not stopping anytime soon! Yeooow!!!

Four years ago, I can still vividly remember how my health went downhill fast.  The first year was the hardest, I barely had wins and as much as I tried to keep positive it was hard.  I held onto goals and put up pictures of things that symbolised my goals. I convinced myself that I would achieve these goals one day…….even though at the time, it seemed hard to believe. I held onto the idea and kept it for when I needed it the most.

Finally, I have achieved a number of these goals. I am extremely proud, to say four years on I am celebrating and smashing my goals! The hard work has paid off and most of all, the illness is no longer ruling my world.

A huge victory is that I am heading to South America in a few days, yep you heard right!!! It’s literally days away. South America became a long-term goal of mine when I become unwell. Most of my close family and friends know this and probably got sick of me saying one day I’m going to go when I get better! Haha well that day has finally arrived and I am pinching myself! I really can’t believe it has arrived.

It is very random how it all came about, it happened to be in my very early days of my illness. At the time, the doctors still didn’t know what was wrong with me.  I was trying to keep positive throughout the whole ordeal and I decided to make an inspiration board of what I was going to do or work towards when I got well enough. The picture of Machu Picchu came to me, I had no desire to visit it before. But that image of Machu Picchu stuck with me and I thought to myself ” I’m going, when I’m well enough.”

And it’s been with me ever since.

City2surf is another big thing that I have been working towards, which I’m excitedly fit enough for. City2surf is happening in August which I am excited to be competing in the event and I have also been fundraising for it. The charity I have chosen to fundraise for is emerge, they are an Australian based charity that dedicates themselves to raising awareness and funds to research for ME/CFS.

Returning to work and working like a normal person would, was another big goal. DONE! This also includes other living “like a normal person” life goals again. DONE!

My next ass kicking goal will be a tough one and means heading back to school! Bring it on!

It’s not until you lose something, that really puts things and life into prospective for you.

Any way my friends it’s time for me to love and leave you, I need to go pack!

Can’t wait to tell you all about my South American adventure.

Much love

Lennae xxx

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New day, new year, new GOALS!

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Credit @abanksy1 Instagram



New day, new year, new beginnings.

At the end of every year we look back and reflect on what we have and haven’t achieved and what we have and haven’t done. We then go ahead and set more or less the same goals, plus a few more and bigger ones.

I’m allowed to dream, but sometimes I find I set myself up to fail with all this goal setting!

Since I’ve been living with my Chronic fatigue, I’ve learned to do things differently with my hopes and dreams. I’ve always had high expectations of myself and it can be extremely frustrating when I want something so bad, but can’t get there due to circumstances out of my control. That’s why I feel that it’s important to re-assess where you’re at regularly. Your circumstances are always changing, it’s important to factor them all in.

I want to share with you all a few of my tips that I have found to be quite useful;

Write your goals down.
All of them…… Big goals, small goals, short- term, mid- term and long- term goals. Write them all down, tell the world and get them out there. Writing your goals down gives a sense of organisation, we want to make this happen! These goals are going to be my b****!!!

Regularly review your goals.
To track your progress you need to regularly review your goals. Do you need to re-assess any of them at all? You may need to re-evaluate your goals, are you being realistic? Or are you exceeding your exceptions. Its ok you will get there, it may take more time. Only time can tell.

Try new ways to achieve your goals. Some goals need a time-frame while others do not. Try different tactics and try looking at your goals a little differently. Think outside the square. Be realistic and don’t be too hard on yourself.

Focus on one goal at a time. It can get a little overwhelming if you try and attempt all you goals at once. Focus and prioritise your energy on one thing at a time. It will all fall into place with patience and persistence.

Create a vision board of your goals. If you’re a visual person cutting out pictures and making a board can help you visualise your goals. Keep your board somewhere where you can see it daily. Or put pictures up around your home, preferably rooms you use regularly. The pictures become small daily reminders of your goals.

Enjoy the journey. The Journey is where you put in all your energy and hard work, enjoy it. Achieving your goal will bring you a sense fulfillment and achievement, however the journey you have traveled always brings a sense of pride and relief when reflecting on what has been achieved.

Remember, tomorrow brings a new day to try and start again. It’s not easy, but you can always start again. “Try and fail, but don’t fail to try”.

Happy new year my beautiful readers, I thank you all for all your love and support! I wish you all an amazing 2016!

Much love

Lennae xxx

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Credit @abanksy1 Instagram

Taking time for self- care!

Photo credit Adam Banks

Photo credit Adam Banks

A few weeks ago I hit a little bump in the road, immediately I hit the brakes and thought crap…..bodies throwing a tantrum! Reality was I was just having a down week, like everyone has once in a while.

I started feeling overwhelmed with my daily routine. I decided it was a good idea to re-shuffle my priorities and make self-care my number one goal. That meant finishing up my studies early for the end of year, chilling out on the exercise routine, pacing my working hours and not running around as much trying to keep up with my ongoing list of errands.

I wanted to prioritise and work on doing things that I love and enjoy. Things that I have put off in order to be busy, rather than for enjoyment. I wanted to take a little time out and enjoy catching up with friends over coffee, having skype dates with overseas friends, attending yoga classes, getting pampered, hitting the kitchen to make some delicious raw treats and just a bit of all round self-care.

It’s important to give ourselves a bit of self-love and care and make it a priority. Often we put ourselves last, instead of first. It becomes easy to do with the busy lifestyles that we live, crazy routines we keep and the hype that is set by society.

If you need a little help in the self-care area, here are a few of my top tips that I try to practice for a bit of self-care;

Turning off technology! And yes that means NO SOCIAL MEDIA! The noise, the distractions and chaos, it all overloads onto our screens and gets thrown into our faces. It can get a bit too much at times, sometimes it’s good to switch it all off and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Sit outside and enjoy the serenity, lay down and take some long and deep breaths. Breathe in…… Breathe out….. You will be surprised at how refreshing it feels. The mind goes clear and the sky is actually quite beautiful when you stop and look at it for a while.

Stretch that body out, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Stretching is so good for the body and it’s good to stretch all those kinks out. I personally love yoga, I find it eases the mind and teaches you to breathe and focus your energy on the present moment.

Go and get pampered; hair, nails, body, whatever you want! Massage is my favourite, all those knots and trigger points need a good work out from time to time. Getting pampered is always nice and makes you feel good and refreshed.

Focus on one thing at a time. I like to think I’m talented and can multi-task, sometimes taking on too many tasks can get a little overwhelming. If you have a lot going on, try focusing one thing at a time. It can end up being a lot quicker than doing all your activities all at once.

Catch up with a friend over coffee, ditching your to do list to meet up with a friend can make you feel a lot happier. The list of things won’t get done, but the time spent in company with a good friend is priceless.

Nourish yourself with healthy food, you will feel the goodness straight away! Get creative and make your own healthy treats, the bonus is you know what’s in them! 😉

Go for a walk, enjoy the fresh air and inhale that sweet goodness.

Treat yourself, it doesn’t have to be on an expensive pair of shoes. It could be on a nice new body wash or hand cream. Whatever it may be it’s always nice to have a little treat for yourself.

Boost your confidence and push yourself. Why don’t you try something that you have been wanting to do for a while. It doesn’t have to be something big, it can be something small. It just has to be something new and different, I can tell you right now it will be worth it!

Self mantras. If you keep telling yourself something over and over you will start to believe it. Make sure it’s positive!!!

Most importantly put your self-first!

I hope you have enjoyed my tips and find them of some use. What activities do you like to practice when you’re taking time to yourself for self-care? I would love to hear your ideas, you can never have too many self- care practices.

Much love,

Lennae xxx

Some of my self-care essentials.

Some of my self-care essentials.