8 awesome reasons to practice Minimalism

by Emma Trusz Home Improvement, Self Improvement, Home and Family
1.  Save money- the less you need the less you spend (less credit card debt hooray!) and no storage to pay for 2.  Less cleaning- less stuff = less stuff to maintain 3.  Easier to decide what to wear- already know exactly what you have and how you can mix & match it 4.  No running out of room- because there is no clutter and untidiness 5.  More time and money to focus on the important things- instead of chasing possessions you’re free to ...
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A Traveler’s guide to Minimalism

by Emma Trusz Home Improvement, Self Improvement, Home and Family
Is your house or apartment cluttered and crowded? Do you have things you haven’t used in months or years? Do you spend time chasing after material possessions in the pursuit of “happiness”? Do you feel like you couldn’t possibly live without ALL the stuff you currently own? Do you ever stop and think, maybe your stuff is actually starting to own you? Do you define yourself by your possessions? Perhaps it’s time you started getting involved in the minimalist movement.   Minimalism ...
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Meditation Challenge – Part One

by Emma Trusz Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
After the raging success of the gratitude challenge I set myself recently I’ve decided to adopt another practice that both my Mum (aka the wisest lady I know) and the guru’s recommend for improving your mindset and your mental game in general.   RULES 2 weeks meditate for at least 10 minutes before bed each night No breaks or interruptions allowed Make a dedicated meditation space Guided meditations (youtube, audiotapes, etc) are allowed    INITIAL THOUGHTS/EXPECTATIONS- I’m going to forget to do this if I rely solely on my ...
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I gave myself a Gratitude Challenge and it was awesome

by Emma Trusz Health and Fitness, Self Improvement, Home and Family
My Mum is a very wise lady and a big believer in practicing gratitude and the more books I read on mindset the more it seems to pop up as an essential part of improving your mental game. So I set myself a challenge:   RULES ·         Every day for 1 month (February- starting 27 Jan because Feb is short month) ·         Write down 3 things I’m grateful for on that day ·         Not allowed to write the same thing twice   Initial thoughts/expectations- ·         If I rely ...
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10 values to focus on to kick-start your career as an Entrepreneur

by Emma Trusz Health and Fitness, Home Improvement, Self Improvement
1.       Perseverance/persistence/sheer bloody-minded determination 2.       Positive attitude 3.       Being of service – add value! 4.       Balance – exercise, sleep, diet, work, social life. You can’t be at your peak performance level if you’re sick, burnt out and/or just plain miserable. It’s critical to look after your physical and mental health. 5.       Confidence – in yourself and your business and your reason for pursuing your goals 6.       Industry- be ready to put in the work 7.       Adaptability and resilience- for learning to “fail forward” 8.       Patience- believe your ...
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Optimal sleep for Optimal performance

by Emma Trusz Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
How a lack of sleep can affect you: Emotional regulation- more difficult to control your emotions which may affect how you react to situations. Eg likely to become angry or sad quicker than usual in stressful situations. Concentration- Being awake for 17hrs is equivalent to a BAC of 0.05. Lapses in attention are more likely and more frequent. Short term memory- more difficult to retain information and remember what you’ve been doing/saying  Appetite regulation- (chemicals affected) resulting in overeating or craving for caffeine or ...
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My Top Travel Picks (so far…)

by Emma Trusz Travel and Leisure, Health and Fitness, Food and Drink
We all travel for different reasons – adventure, culture, relaxation, food and drink, scenery and wildlife, history, special events, new experiences or a combination of these and many others. I caught the wanderlust-bug early travelling around the harsh and spectacular outback of Australia with my family when I was a schoolkid. Almost as soon as I was old enough to get my passport and travel without a parent one of my best mates and I jetted off to Europe, and ...
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A short guide to Tenacity, Patience and your Goals

by Emma Trusz Self Improvement, Communications
Do you have commitment issues when it comes to achieving your goals? There is almost always something (or someone) that will pop up and attempt to derail your ambitions. And sometimes it will be you. The ability to stick things out in the face of adversity or distraction is almost essential to success. There’s an old saying that goes “good things come to those who wait”, but in reality they’re far more likely to come to those who practice patience ...
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6 Steps to Goal Setting like a Winner

by Emma Trusz Business, Self Improvement
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” – we’ve all been there. Maybe you decided your New Year’s resolution would be to “get fit”, only to start finding excuses not to go to the gym class you’ve already paid for or ‘accidentally’ forgetting to set your alarm for early morning workouts. Maybe you were going to make time to develop your hobbies, but then a month later you found yourself sitting on the couch watching TV every evening ...
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Solve your fear like an Engineer

by Emma Trusz Self Improvement
Everything can be put into a spreadsheet. EVERYTHING. Often the hardest part of a task or goal that is perceived as large, unpleasant or challenging is GETTING STARTED (or starting again after a hiatus). This difficulty usually stems from looking at it as a whole and becoming overwhelmed. Here is a simple spreadsheet layout to help you work through your task/goal - break it down into achievable steps, identify the resources required to achieve each step and set yourself a due date. Once ...
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10 reasons to Network

by Emma Trusz Business, Self Improvement, Communications
Building networks is an important part of both your professional and personal lives. To quote Tim Ferriss*, “you are the average of the 5 people you most associate with”. So if you’re not running with a herd that reflects your values and goals it might be time to upgrade. Potential benefits of networking may include: 1.       Finding out about new opportunities 2.       Teaming up with like-minded people to collaborate on projects/ideas 3.       Finding a mentor 4.       Becoming someone else’s mentor 5.       Exchanging ideas 6.       Getting out of ...
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6 ways to tune your mindset for success

by Emma Trusz Self Improvement
Have you ever had trouble getting your head in the game? Have you ever felt like you can’t seem to get out of your own way? You’re not alone! Our minds are so full of clutter, to do lists, worries and that annoying little negative voice that it can be difficult to get clarity and focus on who we want to be and what we want to achieve. Perhaps it’s time to do some work on your mindset. Abraham Lincoln once ...
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Aspiring to Self Acceptance

by Emma Trusz Relationships, Self Improvement
We all like to think or at least pretend that we’ve got it all together, whether that’s due to pride, fear, or just not wanting to disappoint others. However this can take a lot of time and energy and is not going to help you grow and develop into someone who actually does have it together in the long run. To do this you have to pull back the curtain on the facade and have the courage to: ·         Look at ...
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5 great reasons to get involved in online education

by Emma Trusz Self Improvement, Reference and Education
Traditional education institutions (ie. brick and mortar Universities, TAFE’s and Training Colleges) are generally time intensive, expensive, require a commute or relocation to a new place and have quite inflexible schedules requiring onsite contact hours spread throughout the week. Essentially you have to make some fairly significant sacrifices and/or changes to your life to be able to attend. Fortunately these are no longer the only option when it comes to furthering your education- online education is opening doors for everyone from ...
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Sick of treading water in life? Build your Skill Set!

by Emma Trusz Self Improvement
Because just being a “nice person” won’t get you the financial and geographical freedom you dream of- you also need to invest in yourself! The key is to focus on skills that are valuable. It’s pretty unlikely you’re going to be able to make a living out of quoting lines from Friends, even if you have watched the whole TV series 5 times. On the other hand you have the ability to add value if you can: ·         cook delicious meals ·         build ...
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5 ways that good physical health can improve your mental health

by Emma Trusz Health and Fitness, Recreation and Sports, Self Improvement
Some pieces of advice stick with you for life. One that I’ve never forgotten came from my Senior High School English teacher: “If you’re ever depressed or anxious or just feeling generally down - get outside and get moving. Even if you can only manage a walk around the block. Just get up and do it”. This has proven invaluable when life has thrown lemons and curve balls my way and I’m so grateful for his taking the time to ...
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How to leverage technology and time management for Personal Development

by Emma Trusz Computers and Technology, Self Improvement
In a world where technology now does so many tedious tasks for us it seems incredible that we still use the excuse “I don’t have time”, whether to ourselves or others. I know I’ve done it! We are working harder, for longer hours, commuting further and generally trying to cram more into our days than ever before. Finding time to work on personal development can be a frustrating challenge. However people in these hectic times who achieve their goals, maintain ...
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Focusing on your Digital Entrepreneur Journey

by Emma Trusz Self Improvement
“The only one who’s really judging you is yourself, nobody else” -Tame Impala, Alter Ego The only thing that sucks more energy and life out of you than judging others is worrying about how others are judging you. When I took up Bikram yoga several years ago I was at first very self-conscious about my lack of yoga experience and not 100% sure I was doing all the poses correctly, so I would look to the other more experienced people at the ...
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13 ways to get uplifted

by Emma Trusz Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
Constant happiness is not natural, however it wouldn’t be going out on a limb to say everyone would like to be in a good mood/state of mind as much as possible. We can’t always control what happens to us, but we are responsible for how we react. We can choose to try and see the lessons learned and the silver lining. We can make a conscious effort to pick ourselves up. As one of my past mentors advised me: “Carry ...
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4 ways Travel will make you a better person

by Emma Trusz Travel and Leisure, Self Improvement
There are many perks to travelling- great food, amazing scenery, adventure, relaxation- however many people take a trip without really considering how it is helping them grow and develop life skills such as:  1)      Learning to be resilient and use your wits Life doesn’t always go to plan, and this can be especially true in an unfamiliar country! On the advice of a friend I once decided to “wing” my train journey from Switzerland to Italy and go out for a nice ...
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