The year that was & the year that will be

Around Christmas I always feel a wave of nostalgia as I discuss with friends and family what happened over the year. The effect is probably increased by the television segments of ‘2018 in News’ which showcase our Prime Minister changing 4 times, royal weddings & the private life of Karl Stefanovic, just to boost the ratings of shows that wouldn’t survive without it. Whether its news scripts or chats with loved ones I love looking back on what was and reflecting about the greatest moments, the greatest fails and the biggest surprises before moving on to the new year. So here is my 2018 recap.

2018 was a year I could describe in one word- TRUST.

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How to keep your fitness motivation

Motivation isn’t something you discover one day and suddenly & permanently have. It is something that requires constant stimulus- I like to inappropriately call this poking or prodding. Without a good poke or prod we easily end up back on Mehsville where we are simply ok, cruising along but inherently tasteless, bland, bored. This happens with our fitness routine, our relationships, our social life and our careers. Change is necessary to bring about motivation. I’ve compiled 10 simple strategies you can use to keep your fitness motivation (plus added a few bonus ones in because why keep it to ‘nice’ numbers all the time aye).

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Christmas Magic

Miracle on 34th Street is a story about a little girl who believes in Santa Claus while some adults don't, mainly Susan's mum. Santa is criticised, often described as 'fake, ridiculous, something not worth believing in because it let's you down'. In my very adult opinion, I believe many people have this exact attitude towards the positive mindset

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The 8 year old entrepreneur

Recently my nephew was asking ‘how do I make more money Aunty Joey?’ I love it when children ask these kinds of questions, it shows how much they are thinking about their future and how much they want to take control of it. In today’s society I don’t believe there is a time that is too young to be having these kind of conversations, especially if a child instigates it. The conversation was initiated with me because my nephew is fully aware about my prowess with Facebook marketplace, so like the clever boy that he is, he went straight to the source and asked questions. I love that spirit. Needless to say it was a great teaching and learning moment between us and an opportunity to impart so much more than just money beliefs to a child that will live in a society with epic potential to make millions and get into millions of dollars worth of debt easily. Here is a snapshot of our story.

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My most hated phrase

‘It wasn’t me, it’s not my fault’

I cannot tell you how much I dread this phrase. It makes my eyes roll at every turn. Its probably because more often than not those saying it are responsible for their behaviour and yet they are blurting out a phrase that’s highly inappropriate given their actions.

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Why you need to book a cruise this spring!

In 2009 I began my travelling adventures with a cruise, today I continue it ready to embark on my second cruise and I am just as excited as I was all those years ago. When I first decided to take a cruise I was positively peer pressured by my parents who had already enjoyed the experience, so I hit up my friend Toni to join me and off we went, on 7 nights around the South Pacific cruising with P&O. It’s 100% fitting that 9years later I am going on a cruise to the Whitsundays with the same friend from all those years ago.

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Take nothing for granted

Have you ever been sick and just thought 'when will this all end?' Sometimes you can get so hung up on what isn't going right at the moment that you forget to count your blessings. This is why I adore gratitude. To take nothing for granted though we need to appreciate things in the present. This post is a short and sweet reminder to do just that.

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The Morrisons Challenge

When I lived in London and worked as a teacher the holidays were the worst. You heard right. Instead of relaxing I found myself stressed constantly about finances. The concept that contract teachers didn’t get rewarded for their 15hour days really bothered me, it simply wasn't like that in Australia. A 2 week holiday always resulted in 4 weeks of stinginess because you were 'paid in arrears' and essentially had to wait 2 weeks before a decent pay would show up. This was a stress that never went away

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How to start travelling: tips for the novice traveller

Are you just starting out your time as an international traveller? Not sure what are the best pieces of advice? Becoming a little overwhelmed from all the travel tips out there? I understand. I recall the first time I travelled overseas to London. I took notice of hundreds of different pieces of advice, so much so that I ended up carrying all bar the kitchen sink with me. The lead up to my trip became an extremely stressful series of extended checklists. Now with 26 countries under my belt I have created my own pieces of advice that help the journey from planning to execution less stressful. 

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Life lessons of an entrepreneur

It's been 2 years since I gave teaching up full time for my passion fuelled business of life coaching and 3 years since I started building this beautiful business and I have no regrets. The past 3 years has been exciting, stressful (at times) yet truly incredible. There is so much I have learnt since I began equipping myself with the skills to make this business possible. Today I wanted to share part of this beautiful rollercoaster ride of been on.

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The business mindset

I started building my business in 2015, bit by bit the Julia Trask brand was created. I had successes and failures, amongst it all I learnt how different the business mindset is compared to anything else. You move from epic highs to epic lows and all the while you never lose your passion because you know 'this thing I'm doing IS what I am meant to be doing.'

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Entitlement & Victim Mentality: a vicious cycle

'You should be making me successful!'

This phrase makes me eyes roll repetitively. Unfortunately it isn't an infrequently heard phrase. Its used by many individuals  across a variety of generational age gaps, races, religions and socioeconomic wallet sizes. 'You should be making me successful' are the kind of statements that prove to us that entitlement exists and responsibility and accountability have gone for a holiday. Sadly this relationship with entitlement leaves individuals with an inability to own their own success leaving them consistently frustrated at life, struggling to develop responsibility and personal accountability. To experience success we must not give our responsibility for it away, here's how we can stop the entitlement and begin being happy little Vegemites again.

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Why you should be a big kid & 10 ways to unleash the inner child!

How many of you would say that your life is jam packed full of fun? How many of you would say that you excel at ‘adulting?’ Personally I believe that adulting is a super wanky (excuse my French) way to say ‘I am super responsible and fairly boring’. Life isn’t about proving how responsible you are, life is meant to be enjoyed. Life is meant to be FUN. How are you enjoying your life?

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