Altruistic August….It’s cool to be kind

Namaste everyone.

Namaste to you and all your mates.

I love that word. I think if you put it on the end of any sentence it can excuse whatever words just preceded it.  Like “hey, I’m enjoying your new black and white Supre jumper today. How many magpies had to throw up on that in production I wonder…namaste”, all would be well between the people involved in that friendly exchange.

I don’t actually know the exact translation of namaste, but I know it has to do with meditation….which is a good segue to May to Julys goal to meditate more.  I extended it to July, because I’m super keen on the benefits of meditation, and hadn’t done so much of it in May. July went better, and I did fit in at least 2 x 15 minute sessions per week but still, not as much as I’d liked. This one’s a work in progress for me, and one I am going to continue on.

But with August came a new goal to try. My goal for August is centred around altruism. “Atruistic August” if you will. Altruism is a bit of a fancy word. It’s probably my hardest goal month to roll off the tongue, but aside from Fun Feb, it might just be my favourite. For one, it was fun to research. Above and beyond wikipediaing the definition of altruism, I came across some people doing some impressive stuff in the world and great ways to be more altruistic.



Top 10 job interview secrets – the stuff you won’t get off seek 

Whaddya mean I don't look old enough to apply for this job?! Yes my mum knows I'm here....

I’ve had quite a few good friends going for job interviews lately, and at my own workplace, there are loads of interviews going on and a buzz around the office.

In fact, I had dinner at a friends house last week as a prep sesh the day before her interview. My prep on her behalf was abnormally enthusiastic. I had a printed template of common job interview questions, a background briefing on the role and the project she would be heading up and some suggested responses based on her point of difference and why she should get the role – which she should, by the way, she’s the shiz*.

Whilst she was appreciative, I believe her exact words were “nerd alert”.

So, even thought this post is not directly related to health, job security is definitely an aspect of well-being. From being interviewed, being on the panel, taking a nerdish interest in what Human Resource and Management colleagues look for in interviews, here is a list of what to do’s, from my humble non-HR perspective. (more…)

Job Interview Hall of Shame – Top 3 Interview fails

These really do (sadly) come from personal experience.

Three “What-not-to-do’s” in a job interview.

1) Don’t cry in the interview (!) 

This is never ideal, particularly when the next question is “how do you handle pressure?”

Um, didn’t I just demonstrate that?!

I can laugh about it now, but at the time I was mortified! It was my first interview since graduating as a dietitian, I had it hammered into me how hard it was getting a job in my field and I had been volunteering at the organisation where I was going for the job. I had already accepted two other jobs, and would have to knock them back if I got this.

I was feeling awful about this scenario. At the time I desperately thought I wanted this job and that this would define my future career. Hindsight and a bit of time is a great thing, I didn’t get that job (pretty sure I know why) and it would have been very specialised and limited my experience. I kept the other two jobs and rapidly developed experience and adaptability in many different fields of dietetics. I became a flexible, well-rounded dietitian and got to experience private practice, aged care, community and hospital work all at once.

That little melt down in front of an interview panel may well have been a blessing in disguise…

2) Answer a “how do you handle conflict” with “I’ve never had conflict in the workplace”

…again, same interview, train wreck answer. But I’ll never again not be able to answer that question!

It’s inevitable that there will be conflict in the workplace.

If you get nothing else from this post, walk away nailing the conflict management question. Google it. Ask people in the know for examples. Practice your answer out loud till you’re blue in the face. Get very comfy with this question.

3) Shake hands with the entire interview panel then call them the next day to advise that you just found out last night you’re at the height of the contagious phase of the highly infectious “Hand Foot and Mouth” Disease

Whilst this wasn’t me personally, it may or may not have been my buddy from the previous post.….and whilst she didn’t call the entire panel, she did call our direct manager who was on the panel…. Unlike me, she still got the job, regardless of the infectious kids disease. This still impresses me, as she was definitely out of sorts that day (any wonder!) and still nailed the interview.

There you have it, avoid these three common pitfalls and you’re on the career path to stable employment….


7 benefts of exercise that may pleasantly surprise you

In the words of the great Tom Jones, “Exercise. What is it good for? Absolutely everything.” That’s how it goes right? Sometimes I muddle my words up when there’s hip thrusting involved. So this post is about hip thrusting. No, exercise. It’s about exercise. Sport__orning_jog_in_the_park_080452_32 How good is exercise. Seriously?!

So good, I made it my goal for January. Which, by the way, I achieved (phew)!


New Years Revolution


I love Kikki K.

There. I said it.

Kristina Karlsson is a genius and she makes many a girl like me very happy. I love kikki k so much that I could easily spend every day of my life browsing the shelves of a kikki k store, imagining the perfect home office in my perfect future swedish inspired house with its perfect streamlined bright decor, packed with pretty post-it notes, fun to-do lists and an endless supply of kikki k pens.

My latest kikki k “investment” included a “Happiness Journal” in a bright, cheery yellow, with ever so delicate gold lettering. What actually drew me to the Happiness Journal is that it’s prompted me to take a new approach to New Years Resolutions this year.

This year, instead of setting a ridiculous resolution I’ll never keep (climb Mt Everest, find a cure for diabetes, bring roller blading back – Drew Barrymore and the Mighty Ducks are equally responsible for that pipe dream), I’ll set 12 little ones! One a month. And they’ll be slightly more realistic.

Predictably, January is an exercise resolution. And I’m keeping it achievable. I had a little hiatus from exercise at the end of last year….most of last year….and it’s time to get back on the wagon. Shamefully uncreative, I’m calling it Gym January (the start of each word sounds the same, get it)? I’m going to the gym twice a week in my lunch break.  Obviously most days of the week is most ideal, but nothing is the least ideal. Like we say in the world of health coaching, anything is better than nothing. I’ll be doubling the amount of exercise I did last year! I’ll leave the benefits of exercise to another post, but I’ll assure you that my exercise goal is not all in the name of vanity (though it is a bit).

Over two weeks in and I’m on target. I’ve even managed a few extra days of exercise each week. That’s the benefit of starting with a small, achievable goal. You’ll find that you’ll meet it plus some extra. Things start to gel and it flows over into other parts of your life. Of course there will be challenges, and times you’re less motivated, but starting with one small step is always the best place to start.

So what are my other 11 resolutions? The list is yet to be finalised but a few candidates are Sleep September, Money March and Meditation May (see what I did again there, the letters are the same at the start of each word, that’s word art). I won’t be in my pi’s for the whole of September, but focusing on a regular sleep routine. I’m chucking finance in there. And a little meditation – I’m talking 5 minutes a day – has oodles of proven health benefits. Volunteer work is going to be in there somewhere to, but no months start with V, so I’m a bit stumped, but I’ll get there. And I’m definitely up for suggestions – of the word art or resolution variety.

As to how it all plays out, I’ll keep you posted….on cute little post-it notes with swedish forest life on them….

Goal setting 101 – The “SMART” approach 1) Be Specific – Vague goals such as “I’m going to exercise more” won’t work. What will you do? How will you do it? When will you start? 2) Make it Measurable – Include a quantity of “how much” or “how many”, such as I will walk twice per week for 30 minutes 3) Set small, achievable, Action-oriented goals – Set goals you have control over and can change.Focus on a behaviours or an action rather than thoughts and feelings 4) Be Realistic  – No point aiming to run the half-marathon every day if for the past 6 months you’ve been hosting Will & Grace marathons on the couch 5) Have a Time Frame – Give yourself a period of time or a target date to work on your goal. A week to a month is usually a good starting point