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

January 8, 2016No Comments

Day 8 – Sleep, sleep, sleep!!

We all know it, we all love it and we all wish we could do more of it as it's our escape from everything we're not happy work! haha

But what exactly is sleep and why is it so important? Do you know how important it is for your physical health? or your emotional wellbeing?

Sleep is a really important time for your body. It regenerates, heals and generally does all the repairs it can after what's happened during your day.

There are however some foods that are great in helping you get a good nights sleep which I've listed below for you with a brief explanation of why they are good for you:

  • Fish - packed full of vitamin B6 which is needed to make melatonin which is a sleep-inducing hormone
  • Yoghurt - calcium can be quite difficult to get enough of and being calcium deficient has been closely linked to bad sleeping patterns
  • Whole Grains - rich in magnesium which is also great for helping sleeping patterns
  • Kale - sometimes the flavour of kale doesn't appeal to everyone but actually kale is a huge source
  • Bananas - full of potassium and another food that is rich in vitamin B6 which is needed to produce melotonin
  • Chickpeas - also packed with vitamin B6 so more excuse to make home made hummus!

If you want more information, you are constantly waking up tired or just not feeling rested enough, check out this brilliant article from the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute and use it as an excuse to have a duvet day this weekend!

Ciao for now x

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