July 7, 2016No Comments

Justin Timberlake – #ThrowbackThursdays

The main man. There literally is nothing this man can do that is wrong. Back in his Sync days I used to refer to him as the guy with scrambled egg on his head (have you seen it?!), and wasn’t such a fan. Then he went solo. And life changed.

This guy has moves, he has the voice that just rocks it and the tunes he brings out are just awesome. Some of my favourites are actually from his first album. A little bit of Seniorita and of course the classic Cry Me A River. I still remember getting that first album and enjoying everything about the sound. Finding a way to escape into the music and even before dancing was such a big part of my life, just letting my body do it’s own thing. Letting it find it’s own rhythm, letting it flow, sway or shake any which way it wanted.

Justin Timberlake was one of my turning points in music. He helped me to just relax, enjoy the music and have fun.

That is why when he made his comeback this year his track HAD to go into my playlist. It’s the cool down before our stretches but is such a tune every time it comes on I completely lose myself in the music and the words and just dance. The song is such a fun loving song it always makes me think of those days where you’ve had a cider or two, the sun is beating down and you’re dancing in the park to someones speaker or phone, barefoot on the grass just catching snippets of fun with friends as often as you can while the sun lasts.

JT, a true legend and I reckon would be an absolutely great laugh on a night out!

What’s your first memory of JT? or maybe your favourite old school JT move? haha share it here!

Ciao for now x

March 29, 2016No Comments

The elusive Unicorn

The elusive Unicorn

Working in the financial industry since I was 19 has been hard work. The pressures, the politics and the mind games that go alongside the day to day job are what I have always found the hardest to manage.

Anyone that knows me, knows that I have spent years trying to figure out ways to get out of the city for good and every time I do it lasts just a little bit longer.

My recent love for fitness has spurred me to try and find the impossible. A part time job in the city that pays enough to cover my mortgage and my bills and to give me a little bit of extra income. Being part time it would allow me to study and do fitness on the side so I could continue to increase my knowledge and practice my passion.

But as the title of this post suggests, it is the elusive Unicorn.....or so I thought.

Today was day 1 of my new job. I have a contract that is officially a 3 day a week role. Some weeks it is 2 days, some 3 and some times 4. The salary is a contractor rate which even on a 3 day a week role pays me enough to pay for my mortgage and my bills. I am still doing two half days a week teaching yoga to children. I will be covering and teaching at gyms. I will still be doing ShakeUpFit.

I started today and not only does it work perfectly in terms of part time and salary but I have to say it has surprised me with how much fun it seems. It's casual dress, we all have the flexibility to work from home, we have a cool coffee bar in the lobby which gives us free tea and coffee, the design floors are covered with screenshots and designs all over the walls. We have real kitchens, a terrace to use in the summer and even fuzzball for us to use and loads of sofa break out spaces!!

The moral of the story? You may think that Unicorn's may be legendary and mythical but just because you haven't seen one doesn't mean they don't exist. You just have to look hard enough and be lucky enough and you never know, you may just find that Unicorn, or that Gryphon, Phoenix or whatever else you want to call your perfect dream.

Ciao for now x

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