Words Of Wisdom

Found these words on the net yesterday and just felt like I needed to share them. I think April is going to be a month of ‘messages’ via images. Some will be philosophical, some will be humourous, and some will be my quirky and possibly too honest personality.

Whoever comes are the right people

Day Six – X Factor Boot Camp

So X Factor Boot Camp was this week, and I must say it’s so fantastic that we are seeing the episodes in the same week as the US, meaning there’s minimal chance of spoilers. Unfortunately that means there’s no chance of spoilers  for when I occasionally want to see who was ‘kicked off’.

At this stage I’m trying not to have favourites until the final 24 are announced but I have to say that both Jillian and Vino are probably already on my fav’s list. With Jillian I just love her back story and how much passion she sings with, like each word is the release of the pain she has been through in her life. Vino is an interesting character – his singing is raw and emotional and his vulnerability is touching, but he will need to keep his temper in check and start believing in himself or he will self destruct.

I am also glad they let several of the younger contestants go, particularly Jordan Foley who sung ‘Tomorrow’ for her audition – she should never have gone through and it was patently obvious on day one of Boot Camp where she couldn’t hold a tune. Also heartbreaking for those who let their nerves get the better of them and sung off key, forgot the words, or simply got out played but I’m a great believer that things happen for a reason and it just wasn’t right for them.

So far I think the show has been really good – the judges are firm but fair, and the crew seem to be so caring given the huge volumes of people auditioning and no doubt ‘huge’ personalities and ego’s they have to deal with as well as a couple of medical emergencies. Actually really impressed.

Of course there are always a couple of baddies to mix it up, and on my hit list is Tara Simon – I think I dislike her because her ego is bigger than her talent, she tries too hard. I also dislike Paige and I’m not quite sure why, maybe because she’s been paired up against Cece and although her ego is also inflated, I do feel she has the talent and will simply work her ass off to win.

So I just have to wait another 5 days until the Judges Home episodes and then we can get down to the real nitty gritty – the Live Shows!

Can’t wait!

Sunday Catch Up & Reset

As you will have noticed, there was no Wednesday Weigh In or Fashionista Friday this week, I was simply too busy with my son’s 7th birthday party, clients, and other work related things. I’ve also had a terrible eating weekend and back to some old habits, however have had a very stern word with myself and have set a goal of limiting intake to approximately 600 calories a day for the next two and half weeks before the trip to Auckland. Will probably do some meal replacements using the Horleys Sculpt I have and just have either salad or vegetable soup. Shouldn’t be too hard as I have a set target and goal and it’s a short time frame.

Goal is to lose 5kgs from weigh in amount tomorrow and reach a couple of my other goals. I’m also resetting the ‘organisation’ button for the last two weeks of the school term and getting into a better routine for work. I know it takes a bit of time getting things organised in advance, but it’s easier when I spend the time and makes life smoother and calmer.

Tomorrow is Motivation Monday but in the meantime I wanted to just post something ‘pretty’ for Sunday.


Dreams Turn Into Goals

Many of us have dreams, things we would do if we had the time, money, ability, or chance. I watch a lot of television shows where they offer people the chance to make a dream come true – things like Masterchef where the contentants say ‘cooking is my life’, ‘I’ve always wanted to have my own cafe/restaurant’ and it makes me wonder why they don’t? If it’s such a passion, such a huge part of their life, why don’t they do something to move towards their dream?? But I know it’s not that easy! Believe me, I KNOW!!

I have dreams too – I’ve always wanted to be a back-up singer or appear in a music video but considering I CANNOT sing to save myself, and these days I’m a little outside the demographic for most music videos I’m going to let that one go – unless I win Lotto and then I’ll just ‘buy’ my way in lol.

I’ve also always wanted to spend three months travelling around New Zealand visiting all of our wonderful vineyards – this one is not dead by a long shot!

Another one of my dreams is to look good in photos and this is actually part of my weight loss goal, I’m going to reward myself with a full on pamper day of getting the glam treatment and a photo shoot!

I would also have loved to be at Woodstock or LiveAid but alas both times I was too young, and there are other concerts I would love to have attended, like Led Zepplin, The Doors, Genesis and Eric Clapton, but in saying that I have also been to some fantastic life changing concerts – The Rolling Stones at the original Wembley Stadium, Fleetwood Mac at the Bowl (cannot explain how much this impacted my life (or why) and I will forever be thankful to my sister for getting us the gold reserve seats for my birthday), and Guns and Roses at Mt Smart – mostly because my mum attended with me and my sister and we rocked our little hearts out.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not running around with all these unrequited dreams making me feel miserable, after all I live in a beautiful place, I work for myself, I have a wonderful family who are happy and healthy, I can usually pay all my bills on time and I have a group of friends who love me despite my many flaws!

Anyway back to the dreams – one of my lifelong dreams has been to own a racehorse (or part thereof). My grandfather had racehorses at some stage, but I think it was even before I was born, I love going to the races – always have, and every year I book a marquee and spend the day with friends living it up, looking at the horses, betting, and usually drinking too much. It’s a fabulous, fun day out – it’s usually part of my birthday celebration (I like to drag that sucker out as long as I can!). To me the thought of racehorse ownership sounds glamorous, exciting, and just a wee bit spesh (or maybe that’s me lol), the reality may be entirely different! Anyway it’s my dream which is now a GOAL! I have a plan, I have a deadline, and I am going to do everything I can to make this happen. I’ll be posting some of the steps I am taking to actively move towards my goal so stay tuned!


One of the people I admire a lot, Bridgette O’Sullivan, and here’s a link to the image source, an interview with her and some race day fashion advice!


And to finish, here’s the wonderful Mr Napolean Hill

A Goal Is A Dream With A Deadline


Please feel free to share your dreams or goals!