Addicted to Serial

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So unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve obviously heard of the podcast that’s sweeping the universe right now, Serial. If you haven’t, GOOD LAWD, WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?! Lemme give you the brief low down – Serial is one story, told over a number of weeks. In this case, it’s a true crime story. Back in 1999, a Baltimore high schooler named Hae Min Lee was murdered and her 17 year old ex boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was convincted of killing her. He has been in prison for 15 years. Serial is digging into the case which, as we’re learning, has many, many holes in it. It seems every week you can flip from believing Adnan’s innocent, to thinking he must’ve been involved somehow, to questioning the entire legal system. Though Serial itself is excellently produced, what’s keeping me equally intrigued is how this particular brand of podcasting is changing our behaviour.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on November 26th, 2014 2 Comments » Tags:

The Unveiling: My New Tattoo!

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I’ve been wanting to get a rib tattoo for a long while, but I’d heard so many things about the insane pain level that I kept chickening out. This year has been a year of big change for me, so I decided it was time for me to bite the bullet and get the ink I’ve always wanted.

Where the Wild Things Are is one of my favourite books. I remember my parents constantly reading it to me as a child and I’ve always had a copy of the book, no matter how old I am or where I’ve lived. Plus, I just love the illustrations in the book so much, I decided I would give one of them a permanent home on my ribs.

So last week, I went to The Circle tattoo shop in Soho for my appointment with tattoo artist Rebecca Vincent. I’d waited a few months for this appointment so I was super excited. Rebecca was fantastic – she kept me calm and just has a lovely way about her. The pain was definitely nowhere near as bad as I thought it was going to be. I mean, it’s not exactly comfortable, but I think I’d prepared myself for much worse. Rebecca works pretty quickly and the whole thing was finished in about an hour and twenty minutes.

Even though yes, it hurt, I actually really enjoyed the experience and I could not possibly love this tattoo any more than I do. I’m glad I faced the fear and did it.

So with that said, ‘Let the wild rumpus start!’

Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on November 25th, 2014 2 Comments » Tags:

How Much Do You Make?

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The days of a job for life are over. Not only has the workplace changed, but people have. Staying in one role or one company for the duration of your working life just isn’t as appealing as it once was for a generation with ever-shrinking attention spans and ever-changing goals. As more people look to take charge of their own careers and create the life they want, the question ‘what do you do?’ seems to be harder to answer, as we’re not just doing any one thing. Along with confusion over titles is a confusion over how people are making their money with their made up careers. With traditional jobs, it’s considered taboo to discuss your salary, but now, for freelancers and people with portfolio careers, it seems to be open season on enquiring about earnings. Why is this deemed OK?

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on November 17th, 2014 8 Comments » Tags:

Trying Out Reflexology

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As someone who’s always on the move, with a seemingly constantly busy mind and body, I definitely don’t make enough time to fully wind down. Reflexology is something I’ve been interested in trying out for a while now. I’ve never really understood what it is or the benefits, but have always heard good things about it. So, I was pretty chuffed when I was invited to try out a session and learn some more.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on November 12th, 2014 No Comments » Tags:

Go Analogue

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My laptop is practically surgically implanted to my fingertips at this point. If I’m not at my computer, my phone is in a vice-like grip in my hands. I blog, text, Tweet, Instagram and Facebook my way through the day. Learning to disconnect from that is a definite process, especially when what you do for a living revolves around those things. But I still love to physically write things down. I’m a total stationery fiend – I go gaga over nice notebooks and fancy pens. I recently had a reminder of how important the ol’ pen and paper communication is and have vowed to make more of an effort to go analogue more often and make sure not every ounce of my communication is digital.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on November 10th, 2014 1 Comment » Tags:

Lazy Sunday Reads

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It’s Sunday – time to kick back, relax and do a whole bunch o’ nothin’. Maybe you’d like to catch up on some reading. Well, lucky for you I’ve put together a lil list of the best things I’ve read online recently. It’s this week’s Lazy Sunday Reads. Enjoy, amigos.

The Most Important Question You Can Ask Yourself Today – This article really made me think. Rather than thinking about what you want out of life, question how you’re willing to suffer to get it. Very interesting way of looking at things and when you really start to ask yourself those questions, your answers may shock you.

How to Push Past That Terrifying Dip in Motivation – if you need a lil pep talk today, read this.

Why So Many Women Are Crying at the Gym - I can (and regularly do) wax lyrical about the emotional side of exercise and so found this a really interesting read. For me, the mind-body connection is so important and something I’m learning more about every day. I wish exercise was pitch more in relation to our emotional wellbeing, I really do.

The Sneaker Reseller Market – About four years ago, I didn’t even know reselling sneakers was even a thing, never mind that it’s actually big business. I now know a fair few people in that world and I still find it fascinating. This article is the most in depth piece I’ve read about the reseller market. Very interesting stuff.

How to Make the Most of Your Mentor and Get Ahead in Your Career – I have a mentor and I mentor others. I’m very pro-mentor. People often ask me how to go about finding one, so this makes for a good read to get you started.

Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on November 9th, 2014 No Comments » Tags:

Gift Ideas – Daily Greatness Journal

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Is it too early to talk about Christmas? Whatever, I’m doing it. You know you need some gift ideas. I’m just tryna help y’all!

Sooo, one of my goals at the start of this year was to be more mindful. I want to live with intention and be more focused and purposeful in what I’m doing and setting out to achieve. I feel I’ve made some great steps in the right direction with this, but it’s an ongoing process.

When I remember, I’ll jot down notes of what I’m grateful for, what I’d like to achieve, make lists of goals and all that good stuff, but between the nine different notebooks I seem to have on the go at any one time, none of those notes are in the same place and as a result, I end up losing consistency with them.

So, when the good folks at Daily Greatness got in touch with me and offered me one of their Daily Greatness Journals I was all ‘HOLD UP! THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR MY ENTIRE LIFE!’

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on November 6th, 2014 2 Comments » Tags: , ,

80 Mile Month – Let Me Be Your Virtual Training Buddy!

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Today I’m super happy to launch a package, starting in December, aimed at keeping you motivated, happy and utterly badass. 

December has enough fun, food and good times about it to sideline any good intentions when it comes to fitness or life goals. We end up rolling into the New Year, rubbing our eyes, popping Advil and making half-baked resolutions that have died out come the third week of January.

What if you had a virtual training partner to give you a daily boost fitness-wise and motivate you to start 2015 like a BAWSE?

Look no further!

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on November 1st, 2014 1 Comment » Tags: , ,

Don’t Cheat Yourself

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I teach spin classes about five times a week. I love to see the emotional journey people go on through a workout. One of the things I find myself saying, usually about ten minutes before the class ends, when people start to flag a little is: ‘Don’t cheat yourself today!’ It’s amazing to see how those words click with some people. We all do it during workouts – when the going gets too tough, sometimes we take our foot off the gas a little and take it easy, despite knowing the true results come when we dig deep and push through that barrier. Is it time for an exercise as a metaphor for life talk, Bangs? I hear you cry. Why yes, friends, it is!

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on October 13th, 2014 1 Comment » Tags:

Be Wrong

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People’s insatiable need to be right all the time isn’t exactly a new thing, but the internet seems to have exacerbated this personality trait in a great many people. Those who refuse to ever entertain that they may be wrong are the certified WORST. We all have a bit of it in us – that puffed-out chest, super-prideful, I-know-what-the-hell-I’m-talking-about-so-don’t-test-me vibe and it sure is hard to let go of it, especially now that we have all these platforms upon which to espouse our rock hard views. But imagine what could happen if we just backed down a little, opened our minds and embraced the possibility of wrongness. Not only is it OK to be wrong, it’s pretty damn essential to your growth as a person.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on October 6th, 2014 2 Comments » Tags: