From Sad To Fab

Mental health is something that is being discussed more openly than ever. Although I have never been diagnosed with a mental illness myself, I have witnessed friends and family who have battled their health and come out the other side.

I’m not here to lecture about the physical benefits of exercise (they go without saying) but I do want to stress the positive impact exercise can have on your mental health and how it can enrich other areas of your life. 

Endorphins
During exercise your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These trigger a positive feeling in the body giving you an energising outlook on life.

Sleep
Getting into the habit of exercising for even as little as 10 minutes a day, can greatly improve the quality of your sleep. Exercise reduces stress levels and tires you out, so when it is time to turn out the lights your body is ready for rest, allowing you to wake rejuvenated and ready to take on the world! Sleep.org have some great articles on how to time your exercise to help optimise your sleep if you want more information.

Boost your body image
The physical effects of exercise are undeniable and as fitness levels improve and you become more aware of your physical capabilities, the changes in body composition can alter the way you look at yourself for the better. By renewing your mindset you become focused on what your body can do and start to appreciate its strength.  

If you are just starting your fitness journey or have just hit a bit of a bump in the road try to remind yourself where you started and how far you have come. Talk to your friends and family about what’s going on, find your support group and watch as you push through the pain and surprise yourself with what you can achieve. 

Speak soon,

Hannah x

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Fitness

Sport and fitness is something that I has always been a big part of my life. From playing multiple sports in school to playing Volleyball at both national and international level.

I have recently discovered running as a means of pushing my self further, compared to my usual work outs in the gym such as, weight training and HIIT.

Although primarily I wanted this blog to be about my travels, I’m going to use this category as an outlet for me to see how far I can go with my fitness and maybe give a few tips as I go.

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Speak soon,

Hannah x

Last Day In Work

Day 1 of unemployment…

Friday 11th August 2017 will forever now be known as the day I finally left my job. What started as a 6 week summer temp job when I was fresh out of uni turned into a pretty busy 2 years. 

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I got lots of lovely cards and gifts in my last few weeks and they were really unexpected so shout out the teaching staff that bought me the flowers and the goodies you really made me feel appreciated. The things that people wrote in the cards really mean a lot and I will miss the people at work very much, but I’m not going to lie I am glad to leave! 

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From the office, the people I work with the most got me a bag full of treats and I am all about the puns. The bag included:

Even good girls get their hands dirty
Cucumber & mint cleansing hand gel 

These lips were made for kissing (and eating cake)
Peppermint lip balm

SMILE
Handy compact mirror

Ah..aah…aaah A-TISHOOS!
10 pocket tissues

You’re mucky but I love you
10 handy little wet wipes

All of these items are travel size and will come in so handy for the flight as during my 36 hours travel time I’m going to need to do some freshening up! 

Another present in my gift bag was some DKNY Women limited edition perfume which smells AMAZING it is so fresh and light just what I’m going to want to smell like in Aus. Unfortunately it’s a little big for my rucksack so it will going the case but it will 100% coming with!

The person I work most closely with is Chloe and like the little gem she is, she got me a lovely bracelet to match the one she got me at Christmas. They are from a brand called JOMA Jewellery and they come with a little message, this one says:

This little bracelet reminds us to see adventure awaits, life’s full of possibilities!

The message really hits home and just adds to the already brimming excitement that I am feeling!

FullSizeRender (12)The bracelet on the left with the envelope attached is the one Chloe gifted me on Friday and the one on the right with the flowers is the one she got me at Christmas. 

Leaving work felt really surreal, as I was walking down the stairs leaving it just didn’t feel like that was the last time. I think for the first week it will just feel like I am on holiday, it will definitely be a while before it sinks in that I have left and that I am unemployed… hopefully not for too long! 

Either way I plan to enjoy my time off making sure I get to see my family and friends before I go.

Speak soon,

Hannah x

P.S 3 WEEKS

1 Month & Counting…

30 days, 23 hours and 58 minutes

Can you believe it? I can’t. Months and months of planning and it’s almost here!

Things to do in the next 4 weeks:

  • 5 days in work
  • Leaving drinks
  • PACK (with the help of friends because I cannot be trusted to pack alone)

Plus a few other things but those are the biggies. 

I can remember writing the 18 and 11 weeks and counting posts and it seeming so far away and now it feels so close, I think what gets me the most excited is the fact I only have 4 weekends left and plans for each of them so I know they will fly bye so my main mission is to enjoy and soak up all the time left I have with my family.

There’s a slight tinge of sadness with it in that I am struggling to fit in saying my ‘bye for now’s’ because people are so busy and I want to make sure that I get to see all my friends and family before I go. Goodbye’s are something I struggle with and I don’t think anyone really likes them. This is why I have been calling them my ‘bye for now’s’  because I know I will see them again and with technology these days such as, FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp, there really is no excuse to not stay in touch. I’ll be spamming my friends Instagrams with pictures of beautiful views (and selfies) so they’ll have no choice but see what I’m up to! 

Still buzzing with so many emotions but one things for sure the excitement is overflowing!

Any tips on smart packing, send them my way! 

Speak soon,

Hannah x