11 easy ways to make exercise a habit

11 easy ways to make exercise a habit

Whether you’re juggling kids in child-care with a stressful corporate job or a bub at home with a new business, you’ll know how challenging it can be to keep up a regular exercise routine.

In fact one of the most common questions I get asked is how to make self-care – that little slice of “me” time – an everyday priority when you’ve lots of other stuff going on.

Given we’re still at the newer end of the year with resolutions still fresh in mind, I thought I’d share some tips that have helped me sustain regular exercise since I had my daughter three years ago. (None of which involve mums and bubs yoga – because that wasn’t relaxing for anybody).

1. Stop over thinking it. One of the reasons I believe the best-laid fitness plans fall over is that they’re just too hard to sustain. Unless you’re training for a marathon or a bikini model competition, the truth is you don’t need a meticulously mapped out weekly routine to get results. You just need a routine. Choose a mix of exercise methods to keep yourself interested and don’t get hung up on following your weekly plan to the letter. Have contingencies for bad weather and those crazy days when you’ve only 20 minutes to spare and you’ll be golden.

2. What works is what you like. If you have exercise ADHD like me then chances are you’ve researched every fitness trend out there hoping to stumble on the Holy Grail. Well after many years and a more intimate than I care to admit relationship with Amazon, let me share a secret with you – it’s all about consistency. Shopping for workout gear, bookmarking fitness websites, printing off home circuits and filling out membership inquiry forms for your local yoga studio don’t actually count as exercise. Stop procrastinating, find something you enjoy and … just do it. Simple as that.

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Can you make a difference in the corporate world?

Can you make a difference in the corporate world?

I’m a corporate hippy.

I start lots of work conversations with “I feel”.

I care about people. A lot.

I take things personally and go out to bat for things I believe in. I’m pretty sure I’ve even used the phrase “morally reprehensible”.

I’m not interested in being in the spotlight or climbing the corporate ladder for the sake of it. I just want to make life better for people at work.

Touchy feely. Bleeding heart. Glass half full.

Guilty as charged.

On every personality test I’ve taken (which would be a lot), I’m off the charts on altruistic motivations. It’s the thing that drives me beyond anything else.

But you want to know something really interesting?

I bloody love my corporate day job.

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Why you should stop finishing what you start

Why you should stop finishing what you start

So, I have a confession to make.

I subscribe to A LOT of email lists. You know – those little subscribe to my newsletter boxes you see at the top of blogs (like mine!), offering you a nifty ‘lil somethin’ if you hand over your name and email address.

I love those things.

Free e-book to balance my chakras? Boom, balance me up.

A three-day skinny jeans juice cleanse? Bombs away. And I don’t even own a juicer.

As you know, the thing with signing up for these goodies is that your inbox then becomes a bounty of emails all offering up tips, must-have guides, blog articles, webinar invites, etc.

The flavour of the month right now is around setting yourself up for success in 2014. I’ve been getting emails on tap about goals, intention setting, planning, prioritising my time, and just generally how to get stuff done.

So how exactly do I plan to set myself up for a ripping 2014? (Especially given I’m a right-brainy plan-dodging commitment-phobe).

And how can you do the same?

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To be strong, is to be soft

To be strong, is to be soft

I was in hospital. I’d just had emergency surgery and a series of blood transfusions.

The enormity of what I’d been through had not yet hit, as I sat in bed “negotiating” the conditions of my release with my doctor.

(Oh yeah, I’m a dream patient.)

He wanted me to have more blood transfusions. I wanted to disconnect myself from that machine and never see one again. More blood seemed excessive and wasteful.

He wanted me on bed rest. I wanted to laugh. I had a newborn baby. ‘Nuff said.

He wanted me on the pill to “speed up the healing” and wrote me a prescription that we both knew I wouldn’t fill.

Frankly, I was having none of it.

At this point he looked at me and said :

“Kacey, for such a delicate flower, you’re as strong as an ox. But you know something?

The strongest trees know when to bend with the breeze.

They’re the ones that can snap back later”.

And so I say to you:

:: In times of challenge and uncertainty – do you bend and sway? or stay rooted and fixed?

:: Where in your life right now can you swap tight for loose? rigid for flow?

:: What would it look like to stray from your never evers – momentarily? joyfully? unapologetically?

This is my challenge and your invitation to bend with the breeze.

It’s both a test and testament of true strength.

How to change careers when you don’t have any experience

How to change careers when you don’t have any experience

As you may already know, I balance my career coaching business with a corporate day job. And it’s a job I love.

I’ve had a few career changes in my time, and have never been phased by the prospect of starting over somewhere new.  I have a greedy mind and a low boredom threshold. Change is just part of the deal.

However, in coaching other women, I’ve learned that changing careers doesn’t come easily or comfortably to everyone else.

Today I want to share with you exactly how I made my latest and biggest career change yet – to (hopefully) inspire and convince you that you can do the same.

The job was unadvertised and I didn’t have any experience in that area. Want to know how I did it?

A little bit of background

When I returned to my corporate job after maternity leave, I was recovering from some serious health complications that had forced me to rethink what I was doing with my life.

I’d always wanted to make a difference and touch people’s lives in a big way, but had struggled to find a job that ticked all the boxes. There wasn’t anything ‘wrong’ with the job I had. In fact it offered all the security, stability and flexibility a new mother could want.

But I was frustrated, bored and (familiarly) restless.

I knew I needed a career change.

Once I decided to take action, things fell into place for me quickly. And within a matter of months I had a job offer doing something I’d always wanted to do but never thought was possible without starting at the bottom again (read: another degree and at least five years of experience).

Let me be clear – this opportunity didn’t just fall in my lap. But with some effort and determination, I made it happen. And you can too.

Here are my five tips for changing careers without starting at the bottom:

Get clear on what you don’t like – and what you want instead.

Good career choices come from being specific and focused. Unless you want to spend your adult life ping-ponging randomly from one job to the next, you need to know what you’re looking for. Think about all the things that are making you unhappy at work (remembering previous roles too) and see what themes emerge. What are your work non-negotiables?

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7 steps to leaving your toxic job

7 steps to leaving your toxic job

Not so long ago I wrote a post called “Is your job making you sick?

If your response to that was an almighty yes and you’re ready to ditch the job that’s dictating your social conversations and robbing you of health and happiness, then this is your much-needed what next.

1. Clarify your reasons for moving on.

This step serves several important purposes. First, identifying what’s made you unhappy means you can look out for (and avoid) it in future job choices. For instance, if it’s unreasonable working hours, excessive workload or unrealistic deadlines that are stressing you out, you’ll want to target organisations that offer flexible work and employee wellbeing perks – and steer clear of high-pressure or commission-based jobs.

This exercise will also help alleviate any guilt or disloyalty that may surface when it comes time to bid farewell. While the job itself may suck, you could be leaving behind a great group of colleagues, clients or a boss who is powerless to improve things for you. Seeing your reasons written down will reaffirm why you’re making this choice and help you stand your ground.

And finally, this step will ensure you have a polished, diplomatic response to the inevitable interview question about why you’re moving on.

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