1. I went to the gym today! This is impressive because…

    a) I didn’t really feel like going

    b) I’m getting sick - again, so annoyed!!

    But I went and it was hard and I was by far the reddest, sweatiest person there which was great!

    And then I went to an auction for a small 3 bedroom unit in and average part of town and it went for $713,000!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s just crazy! It was valued at $440,000 only 3 years ago and it needs a wee bit of work. Needless to say, I didn’t buy it and we’re back to the drawing board! Auckland house prices are in the top-5 most overvalued in the world. Awesome…

    And now to sleep…

    And… I talked about my gym plan and other goals and random stuff over on my other blog if you’re bored :)


  2. Today I…

    … went for a walk after work, daylight savings has started and walking in the sun is glorious!

    … broke a new pair of sandals, exchanged them and then broke the 2nd pair on the walk to my bus. Not happy.

    … finally got the new chill out furniture for work, it looks great!

    … had to deal with 2 spiders at work! Actually I made other people deal with them. But I still saw them. Yuck.

    … am going to bed early cause tomorrow night is …

    … Miley! Haha so lame but so fun!


  3. Wow have I been absent on here! Although I have been a major stalker so yeh…

    September didn’t go quite as planned… I spent 2 weeks of it sick, nothing major but I was in bed by 9pm every night. I also felt super lame/unhappy/unsettled and so I started another wee blog based on ‘101 in 1001’. Basically it’s like a bucket list but it has to be done in 1001 days. I haven’t finished writing my 101 things (it’s hard!!) but I have already started with some of my goals. Anyway, if you want to check it out it’s http://nicolettesbalancedlife.wordpress.com/. Don’t get your hopes up cause it’s mostly me rambling, but in a non-tumblr rambling kind of way.

    Anyway, I went back to the gym tonight! It killed me!! I was shaking and sweating (so much sweat!) but I feel pretty awesome now :) And this is where I want to write that I have a goal for the end of the year… it’s to lose 10 kg’s. Man that’s scary to write! But there it is. So there’s going to be a lot more sweating and hopefully a lot more fitness related posts coming up in my future!


  4. Goals for September

    - yoga at least once per week
    - swim at least once per week
    - increase swimming mileage to 3 km
    - weights three times a week
    I really want to work on my strength and I want to get into the habit of going to the gym frequently.

    - go for a bush walk
    - go to the cinema
    - read one non-fiction book
    - create a wall hanging (weaving)
    - cook an amazing meal
    I want to focus this month on saying ‘yes’ and doing things!! I don’t want to live in my head so much.


  5. Photo tag

    I’ve been tagged by the lovely Sarah ( sazsimpson) to upload the most recent photo on my phone…

    I currently have a English friend who I met on India staying with me and although the weather is complete shite we’ve been doing some sightseeing. This is a photo of diesel looking out the car towards Rangitoto yesterday. My photo stream and also my Instagram are pretty much just pics of diesel at the moment…

    And I tag missmarisol crowflycrow and katiegirlchasesinfinity


  6. Work was so boring today, I literally could not keep my eyes open and had to keep going for toilet/bottle refill breaks. But I came home and we went for another family outing to the pool - 2km later and I feel like my day wasn’t a complete waste of time. I also love that I’m getting stronger and ‘faster’ in the pool.

    I hope everyone’s Monday was more productive than mine!


  7. The past few days have been awesome.

    On Thursday I saw Broods live, they were AMAZING! Love, love, loved. And now I have their CD on repeat in my car.

    We had the most perfect weather this weekend. I spent good chunks of yesterday and today sitting out in the sun, getting some vitamin D, man did it feel good!

    Yesterday I went to Street Eats in the city. Lots of Auckland’s top restaurants did their take on street food. I had a beetroot slider, a risotto ball and a quesadilla - delicious. And then we went to T2 (a tea shop) and drank lots of free samples - best tea shop ever!

    I also went to a yoga class, did a weights session and went to half of a pilates class (we mucked up the time…). I am sore but so happy.

    There was lots of other fabulous things that happened - including homemade museli (granola)!!! Bacon and egg pie, DVD’s with my bestie, puppy cuddles, seeing my Dad, windows down and loud music driving and browsing through 2nd hand bookshops.

    I hope you all had equally wonderful weekends xx


  8. Two work outs in one day!!!

    This morning I got up at 5.30 and went for a 3.5 km walk. It was dark but after some initial shin soreness, it was good. And then this evening we went for a family outing to the gym for yoga. It was great, lots of stretching and control work. I’ve really wanted to try yoga and my sister-in-law is really keen to get into it too. My brother came tonight and really enjoyed it so I think it will become a regular feature. Yoga and swimming family outings - who are we?!

    Today I discovered a new peanut butter - it is amazing!

    Tomorrow night we’re going to see Broods live. So excited! If you haven’t listened to them before, go check them out.


  9. TedX Auckland

    What an amazing and inspiring day! There was so much to take in, I tried my hardest to listen with intention to each talk - my mind wanders too much and I need to be so mindful of this. By the end of the day I was both excited and utterly exhausted. I’ll definitely be going back next year! 

    Also, we got to play with drums…

    A few things that stood out to me:

    "There’s no greater waste of time than regret"

    "Be actively involved in your own life"

    "Get a strong plan and break it into parts"


    "Set yourself an impossible task"

    I hope you all had an equally amazing and inspiring weekend xx


  10. Flowers and sushi.

    I have eaten like crap today but tomorrow I’m going to TedX Auckland!!! So excited!

    I have decided that I will have a word for the rest of the year. That word is YES!! I’ve noticed that my first instinct is too often ‘no’ but this won’t get me to where I want to be so now I will be saying ‘yes’ and letting myself open up to new experiences.

    And now I go to bed because… TedX!!!