Aim for done, not perfect #5TTT

Hi all,

Ah perfectionism. That old chestnut.

We see the word, we feel the trait within our personality, we tell ourselves that it is a positive, that it drives us and motivates us… but does it really? How can it when ‘perfect’, more often than not, is all based on opinion not fact. One persons perfect is another’s imperfect.

Perfection pushes us but not in the way we would like. Taken to extreme it can push you into many stressful, unhappy situations that, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t escape from. Many of you will know, it’s a rough patch.

But what if I told you that your aim in life should be ‘done’. How many times have you strived for perfection and as a result never achieved anything? Work, relationships, the ideal home life… let’s dive in.perfect - chase the red grape

Unrealistic goal – what is perfect anyway?

As mentioned above, the meaning of perfection in any situation can vary. It is very hard to achieve. Let’s use a really simple example of baking a cake. You want it to be perfect, it’s for a special occasion. But what is perfect? A professional looking cake? Have you spent years practicing for this moment? Does the perfect icing to you look crisp and even? But what if I told you my perfect icing was ooey, gooey and messy?

In making the perfect cake you have spent time stressing over the details when none of that will matter at all. Your friend will just be happy you put in the effort to make him a cake from scratch… and no one will notice where the icing didn’t meet up…

Better to have taken some action than none at all

Constantly striving for perfection often means that your task is never done. You never hand in that side project you have been so engaged with at work. You don’t hand over the baby blanket you have knitted for you friends new baby. Sometimes you don’t even bother trying because you know it can’t be perfect… “…and if it can’t be perfect then why try at all…” – this coming from a recovered perfectionist. Simply try – I guarantee you will never regret taking action but will regret action never taken.

Believe that your best is enough – and that your best will change

Your best is different to being perfect. Your best can change. Your best is more realistic. Your best represents you. Any task you put your mind to, aim for simply doing your best rather than an obscure notion of ‘perfect’. Your best will change dependant on how you are feeling that day, how much experience you have, what else is going on in your world. No one, including yourself, could or should ever ask more of you than your best.

Trying is believing in yourself

Get started. Do your best and try. It may not be what you had hoped for… but that’s ok. Simply trying in this big crazy world is enough – it shows the world that you believe in yourself. And folks, confidence is sexy! Confidence is free! Confidence doesn’t mean getting it perfect, it means putting yourself out there and not being afraid to fail…. because so what? You tried and that means everything.

It’s only a first draft, don’t sweat it!

Aim for done, not perfection…. because guess what? It’s only a first draft! Everything in life can change, we can change, our careers can change, our relationships, our home, our dreams…. just let it be your first draft. Don’t sweat it out.

Do what you need to do. Life is too short spend on the never-ending search for perfect.

Are you a perfectionist?

Do you try things you know won’t be perfect?

Have you ever found ‘perfect’ in any situation?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Week in Review!

Hi all,

Well the count down is on! One week today I will be back in Scotland – and I can’t wait!

Just over 3 weeks of holidays with family, friends and all the goodies of home that I have missed. I am so excited and so ready for a break away too.

To celebrate my pre holiday week excitement, I thought I would do a much loved ‘Week In Review’, linking up with the lovely Meg over @CleanEatsFastFeets. Checking in and highlighting all the wonderful achievements from last week, big and small.week in review - chase the red grape

So let’s get to it! Here are all my ‘great job Jen’ high five moments from the week just gone!

Catching up with friendsfriends - chase the red grapeOur friends have arrived from the UK and are with us through to the weekend. It was lovely catching up and hearing all the ins and outs of their lives. As it always is with good friends, even though you haven’t seen each other for 2 years, you just pick up where you left off, as if no time had passed.

Breaking my routines

Having guests means that your daily routines go out the window. For someone who works from home, alone and thrives from routine this is definitely a bit jerking and scary but I’m doing so much better than I imagined I would. Very proud actually!

Adulting

Yup this is where I will put in (and rightly so) that I did the usual weekly shops, meal planning and food prep, washing, ironing and banking. Not to mention the ‘pre guest’ apartment clean which is always a bit more thorough than normal!

We also did a lot of holiday adulting like transferring over money, working out hire cars and mobile data while we are away. Gotta be done!

Tour Guide street art - chase the red grapeThis weekend David and I played tour guide for our friends and took them to Fremantle and the Swan Valley. We took them to our favourite places but also managed to try a few new things.vineyard - chase the red grape

The Swan Valley yesterday in particular was beautiful. So peaceful.

Self Care

I made appointments and partook in a lot of self care. Major pat on the back for me there. I made and had a sports massage, have booked to have my hair cut on Thursday and need to make an appointment for getting my nails done on Saturday.

Finalising and scheduling 5 top tip posts and podcast episodesChase the Red GrapeWeekly 5 top tip on a Tuesday posts and podcast episodes will still be coming to you while we are away! I have written, recorded and scheduled all the posts and podcasts and they are ready and waiting to rock. I am so excited to share these with you. Make sure you keep checking in!

Training

Still training 4 times per week but am looking forward to this 3 week break coming up. Both mind and body need it!

And last but not least… finished the latest series of Kimmy Schmidt. Think it might have been the best so far… but that might have been because Titus is featured more!

Happy Monday folks!

Tell me something you did last week?

Are you going on holiday/vacation sometime soon?

When was the last time you made an appointment for some self care?

Friday Favourites + Episode 28 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

Do you find that when one thing breaks everything breaks?

So far over the last few weeks we have had the electrician in twice for our stove top, pest control (just a minor issue thank goodness) and today the plumber came for our washing machine attachment thing-a-majig…

All the folk who have come to fix said issues have been lovely and very friendly but it would be nice from now on if everything just worked. I promise I will be extra nice to you all!

Thank goodness we are renting though and have an amazing letting agency management team who are always on it so quickly. I wouldn’t be so easy breezy about it all if I had been paying for it that’s for sure!

So I keep my fingers and toes crossed for apartment harmony, and as a treat for you all reading about my moaning, I bring you this weeks Friday Favourites!Friday - chase the red grape

Favourite… Moment – Catching up with friends

Our friends arrived from the UK safe and sound on Tuesday. I am loving catching up with them both and it’s just so good to see folk from home again! They are really enjoying Perth so far and are in complete explorer mode. This weekend we get to play tour guide though so that’s super exciting!

Favourite… Feeling – Ready for my holidaysJen - Chase the Red Grape

I am done. My body has said ‘nope I’m out and in holiday mode’… but I still have just over a wee left to go. Oh well, just might take me a bit longer to work over the next few days… and I’m not mad about being in sloth mode.

Favourite… Purchase – Spotifyspotify - chase the red grape

Ok so I have had Spotify for a while but it’s a monthly purchase technically. Basically I just wanted to clue you in on this song I cant get enough of right now. It’s called ‘I’m Stuck’ by Noah Cyrus and it’s nothing like the type of music I usually listen to. But I can’t stop on the old repeat!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Winewine - chase the red grape

We bought this wine in September when we did our winery tour down south. In all honesty we may have been a wee bit tipsy at the time. But last weekend was the time to dig it out and drink it. Oh holy guacamole it was incredible! It’s a red that you slightly chill and the flavour was just out of this world. In fact it reminded me of my favourite wine of all time that I know I cannot get because you have to be a member of a very fancy wine club to buy it. Cannot wait for our next trip down south to buy some more!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 28 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastseasons - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at the change in season and how we can all prepare our mind and bodies for the transition that follows.chase the red grape podcast

Episode 28 of the podcast is a good ol’ update show! We catch you in on all things David and Jen, our upcoming travels and thoughts regarding that plus of course the rants and raves! Download from iTunes and Stitcher now or listen via the website here.

Favourite moment of training – Running ?!?

Eh yeah I can’t believe I am writing this. We had a WOD on Thursday that involved a lot of running. I still didn’t enjoy the running itself but I did enjoy being amongst the fast pack at the front. What can I say I’m only human and it’s nice to be one of the ‘good ones’ at something!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Off to Fremantle with our friends! The market, good food, the seaside… just lovely! Sunday – Off to the Swan Valley for some coffee, wine and chocolate. What more could you want!

Have a fab weekend guys!

What song can’t you get out of your head right now?

When you find a wine/ beer/ soda you love do you stock up?

Do you like playing tour guide in your town/city?

When the seasons change #5TTT

Hi all,

The world is changing seasons. Whether you are like me and transitioning into winter or you are in the northern hemisphere transitioning into summer, we are all making a ‘change’.

These changes, even though they happen year in and out, still take a toll on our physical and mental health. I know for sure that heading into winter, right now I feel more tired, sluggish and less like the energetic me!

So how can we help ourselves transition smoothly? What can we do to give our mind and body what it needs to start the new season with a bang? Check out my 5 top tips below for when the seasons change.seasons - chase the red grape

Find a routine

Especially during the start of the transition, keeping a routine will be key to maintaining all the good habits you had from the season previous. Now when I get up it’s pitch black outside – but I still stick to my same wake up time and this makes it easy for my body to work out when I have had enough sleep and it’s time to rise. Same goes for the summer folks – it may be easier to stay up later because it’s lighter outside but stick to your bedtime and it will know when you need to sleep.

Keep moving

Who wants to go outside and move when it’s wet and cold outside? Who wants to move when you break into a sweat as soon as you step outdoors? Whether it be hot or cold for you right now it is going to be a struggle. But we all know that keeping our bodies moving and grooving is going to keep that blood flow pumping and help us stay energised. Too cold? You will warm up soon enough. Too hot? Maybe you take your workout indoors at this time of year. Figure out what you need to do to keep your body moving.

Choose foods in season

Seasonal foods are the healthiest foods for a reason. They are at their prime, aka full of their biggest nutrient bang, and are full of the energy you need right now. Unsure what is in season? Usually it’s the produce that is on offer/special at the supermarket. In season = in abundance. A win for your body and a win for your pocket!

What are you missing?

This is a great opportunity to assess your body to see if it is lacking anywhere. If it is winter, maybe you need to check in with yourself to see if you are getting enough vitamin D. I also like to have on hand access to blankets in my apartment so if I feel cold it is easy to warm up. If it is summer, maybe you need to make sure you carry a water bottle with you and keep those fluids topped up. Or you need to start seriously thinking about adding some sunscreen to your makeup routine. Maybe you need to start checking your electric fans and air con to see if it is all working correctly. Pre-empt the seasonal changes and make sure you are ready.

Embrace the change

This one is the biggest winner for my mental health. Embrace the changes of the season. Yes I may wish I was still in shorts and t-shirts every day and that I could head down to the beach for a paddle. But there is something special about winter too. The crisp cold air that you feel on your face all while being surrounded with layers of clothes keeping you warm. Crunching the leaves underneath your feet that have fallen from the trees. Digging out your slow cooker to make soups, stews and chilli. Oh and sipping away on mulled wine again… in June… yeah I may never get used to how odd that sounds!

And you may be sitting in front of your air con all day because it is too hot to do anything (me a few months ago) but just think of how good it feels to jump into the refreshing sea. How tasty those perfectly ripe strawberries and cherries are. And how refreshing that cocktail is when you sit down after a busy long summers day.

Whatever transition you are making right now I hope it is a good one! Enjoy!

Are you happy to be heading into your new season?

What are you most looking forward to?

What are you dreading?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites + Episode 27 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

Wow is it Friday already? I never usually say that, the weeks for me normally go at a pretty good rate but it always feels like time for Friday, except today. I feel like I am still on Wednesday over here!

Maybe it’s because we have guests coming… maybe it’s because in just over 2 weeks we are heading back to the UK for a holiday – which equates to plans, packing, lists and many other organisational headaches! Ack who am I kidding, I love that stuff!Friday - chase the red grape

But whatever it is, Friday is here and it’s ready to be rocked! What a better way to start than with some Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Drinking cappuccinos outside on a warm sunny autumn daycoffee - chase the red grape

On Saturday David and I headed to Guildford (one of the oldest areas in Perth) to have a relaxing walk about town. We sat outside in the courtyard of a beautiful little café called Little Guildford and sipped away on delicious cappuccinos. It was so relaxing.

Favourite…Feeling – Fresh and clean

We have friends coming to visit us from the UK on Tuesday and I couldn’t be more excited! I spent yesterday getting their room all ready and the apartment nice and clean. Always feels so good to have a good clean, especially when guests are coming from the other side of the world!

Favourite…Purchase – New platesplate - chase the red grape

Again, it is so unlike me to buy things we don’t ‘need’. But when I spotted these plates I just fell in love (I’m a sucker for blue and white). They are just perfect for how I like to eat my meals, kind of like a plate/bowl combo. And so pretty too!

Favourite…Food/Drink – Soupalfreds - chase the red grape

When we were in Guildford we headed to Alfred’s Kitchen for lunch – a Perth institution! We tried their famous split pea and ham soup and it was divine. Cooked over a woodfired stove the flavour was like nothing else. I can tell this will be a favourite over the winter!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 27 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcasthustle - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips was one I just felt I needed to write. Why I will never tell you to hustle.chase the red grape podcast

In episode 27 of the podcast we look at what to do when you try try try at something and it just ain’t happening. It happens to us all – but what should we do in this situation? Persevere or give in? Download now on iTunes and Stitcher or via the website.

Favourite moment of training – Feeling the energy

I had a few WOD’s this week where I just felt like I was on fire, and really enjoyed powering through the workout. Although I am not near 100% better yet I do feel like some of the old me is coming back… and it feels so good.

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Food prep, out for lunch, a bit more cleaning and chill. Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, podcasting and binge watching Kimmy Schmidt!

Have a fab weekend guys!

What would you order right now from a coffee shop?

Are you a soup kinda person?

Does cleaning make you feel good? (I hate the actual cleaning part but love the feeling afterwards!)

Why I will never tell you to hustle #5TTT

Hi all,

How many times have you heard the word ‘hustle’ recently? Because I keep hearing it more and more.

‘Create your own side hustle’

‘In order to achieve all you need to do is put in the work and hustle’

‘Winners hustle’

Just some of the examples I am hearing on a daily basis when it comes to this word.

I must admit I never really saw it as a positive term – using it only when I wanted to explain someone or something that was pushy, frantic, rapid. So why do we now use the word as a way to describe someone who works hard? Who puts in the grunt work? Who goes above and beyond what they need to?

I for one will never tell you to hustle. For this weeks 5 top tips on a Tuesday I will explain to you why.hustle - chase the red grape

Sometimes your life is enough

‘You could be more if you just were to hustle’, ‘Be a stay at home mum with a successful business on the side, if you hustle’. Well sometimes my life and your life is enough the way it is thank you very much. Life should be easy and fun. Yes we all have to work hard to achieve our dreams and some people could do with a little nudge but as a whole one word should not dictate how we live our lives. It’s ok for our life to be enough. We may not have all the money we want, the house we want, our own perfect side business or the exact career we want but if it makes you happy then it’s enough. No hustle needed.

Sometimes you need time

Hustle = rapid and fast paced. Well sometimes we all need a bit of time. Time to grow, time to learn, time to gain experience, time to think so we don’t make mistakes. Sometimes we aren’t cut out to hustle. Sometimes we want to take our time. I am not going to force you to go faster than you want to. We cannot blend together the term hard work and hustle. Hard work is what we need to achieve our dreams. ‘The Hustle’ is the next step. The extreme if you will.

Taking away the fun from your hobbies, interests and passions

I have listened to many podcasts over the past few weeks that have looked at the subject of turning your hobbies and interests into side hustles. But why? Yes if you want to, yes if it will bring you joy or you want to test the waters to see if it could bring you a viable income stream. But I fear that allowing it to become a side hustle (aka a small business) may take away the reason it brought you happiness in the first place – because it allowed you to relax.

Pressure

We have so many pressures put upon us to be perfect in all we do. Now we have to add hustle to the list? So if we aren’t running about, working day and night and pushing then we can’t live the life we want? Do the hustlers out there realise the pressures they are imposing upon us to have to do the same? Some personalities thrive from the hustle, others are intimidated by it. Many hate the sound of it. Whatever type you are just don’t be pressured into it. It is your choice.

Comparison… yet again

This links back to the pressure we put upon ourselves when we, once again, have something to compare ourselves to others. Maybe I am not good enough because I don’t strive like her. Maybe I’m not good enough because I don’t work late nights and weekends. Maybe I just don’t know if I want it enough. Stop and reflect. I work hard but I know I don’t have it in me to hustle. Yes I want to be successful. Yes I want to live my dreams. But do I want it bad enough to hustle for it? Maybe not. And that’s ok.

Most importantly, it’s up to you. I’m not going to pressure you into having to live your life hustling. If you feel you need to, I will support you, but I am not going to force upon you that the chances of you living your dream depend on your level of hustle. For me, life goes fast enough anyway without having to hustle it away!

Are you sick of being told to hustle?

Or are you motivated by it?

Do you like to go ‘all in’ or are you a ‘live and learn’ type person?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites + Episode 26 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

Let me set the scene for you…

You guys all know my skill, or lack of, when it comes to gardening. So what did we do? We bought a huge basil plant.

I know, I know….

But this guy was so full, lush and just screamed ‘buy me’! So we did.Friday - chase the red grape

We have been eating the delicious basil and watering it like good boys and girls. But things are starting to turn. I can feel it drifting towards the dark side. One branch has already expired. The others are leaning towards it. What do I do? It appears to get a lot of sunlight. I water it frequently. Basil lovers out there help! I am determined to keep this plant alive!basil - chase the red grape

Will let you know how things go. In the mean time, check out this weeks Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Naps

The past two days I have taken afternoon naps. I tried to push against one yesterday but my body just went ‘nope, you are going to sleep young lady’! And if I am honest I feel like I needed them. Why does actually listening to our body feel so good? Oh wait…

Favourite… Feeling – All the feelsbig magic - chase the red grape

For my fellow creatives out there I definitely recommend reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s a slow starter but once I got into it I really felt inspired to be proud of what I do and to reflect positively towards my dreams.

Favourite… Purchase – New Nano 7’sreebok - chase the red grape

I couldn’t help but pick up these new Reebok CrossFit nanos when I spotted them on sale this week. First of all the colour is awesome (and I have only seen them in plain colours in Aus) and second of all they were on sale. For those who know me they could have probably guessed that the only reason I would buy myself new shoes is if they were on sale! Only worn them to CrossFit once but so far so good!

Favourite… Food/Drink – All the teatea - chase the red grape

I love coffee but only stick to one cup per day during the week and two at weekends. But sometimes you just need a hot drink, and this is where my tea love comes in! These are two of my favourites right now – chai with vanilla (I add a splash of milk) and green tea with mint. So comforting!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 26 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastsuck-awesome - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips was a bit of a laugh looking at the 5 reasons being an adult sucks but at the same time is also pretty awesome.chase the red grape podcast

Episode 26 of the podcast was about living in the present. We all hear that term but do we actually know what on earth it means or how to do it? Check out our conversation now on iTunes, Stitcher or via the website.

Favourite moment of training – 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Power Cleans and Front Squats

We did this metcon on Thursday and don’t ask me how but I suddenly got this massive whoosh of energy through me and dominated this workout! It was tough but fun and left me buzzing afterwards (in a good way!)

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Heading out to an old suburb of Perth to have a wonder around the local stores, drink coffee and have lunch. Then food prep and a movie with dinner. Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers. Coffee with a wonder around a local market. Podcasting then chill.

Have a fab weekend guys!

Do you think I should try and keep my plant alive or start frantically making pesto?

What kind of tea do you like?

Are there certain things that you only buy on sale?

5 reasons why being an adult sucks/ is pretty awesome #5TTT

Hi all,

Every so often I like to take the tone down slightly and go for a fun, relaxing 5 top tips on a Tuesday post. We all need something to giggle and relate to right? One that doesn’t have us questioning and reflecting in depth on our lives? Good, not just me then!

I had a few ‘grown up’ moments this weekend (cough cough major hangover) that had me thinking about being an adult and how much it sucks. But also on the other hand, how awesome it actually is.

So for this weeks 5 top tips, I bring to you, 5 reasons being an adult sucks… but on the other hand 5 reasons it is also pretty awesome too.suck-awesome - chase the red grape

5 reasons being an adult sucks

Hangovers

My Saturday was a bust. I literally could do nothing. I didn’t even drink that much the night before, heck 10 years ago that would have been my pre-night out drinks. But I just have to learn, I simply cannot do it anymore. Long gone are the days of no hangover. Long gone are the days of having a free day to spend in bed because of a hangover. Listen up future Jen, you just ain’t got time for that.

Forgetting about fun

How often do you put ‘adulting’ before fun? Skipping out on a fun night because you have to send emails, clean the house, do the washing. We also forget how the simple things in life can give us so much joy – going to the play park and having fun on the swings, staying up to watch the sun rise, having a slumber party. Let’s stop putting fun at the end of our to do list.

Pressures of society

Are you married? Good. Do you have children? Oh. Yup the pressures of society are always upon us. Don’t have a boyfriend/ girlfriend! Why not? Why hasn’t your partner asked you to marry them? When are you going to have kids? Are you going to give your child a sibling? It never ends. And don’t get me started on the ‘renting or buying’? The problem is when we start listening to those pressures and putting expectations on ourselves. Do what makes you happy.

Watching fashion repeat itself

The 90’s are back with a bang. And nothing makes you feel older than seeing teens wearing clothes that you would have done at their age. Can we still wear those clothes? Is it right to wear them as an adult? Constant questions.

Having no one to blame but yourself

See said paragraph above re hangover… 🙁

Yup we have to realise that as a whole, we have no one to blame for our choices but ourselves. Sometimes this can be very empowering and sometimes we just want someone else to blame. ‘Sorry I can’t come out tonight, my Mum won’t let me’. Sounds so much better than ‘Yeah, can’t come tonight, just want to eat junk and binge watch Netflix’.

However… 5 reasons being an adult is pretty awesome

Buying weird crap without justification

We have money to spend on what we want. We don’t need to justify this to anyone. So if I want to spend all my extra money this week on coffees then bring ’em on. And if I just must have those pretty looking salad spoons then so be it!

Realising you know how to put said new fashions together because you have already done it before

Decided you want to rock the 90’s look again? Good for you! And it will be a breeze because you already know how to do it. Bring on the choker!

Travel

The world is your oyster! Go out and live it, taste it, feel it! I didn’t travel much as a kid/ teen or in my early twenties (just within the UK and the odd trip to Europe). When I got older I had a desire to see more. Seeing and experiencing how other people in the world live is so incredible. Even life here in Australia is so different to Scotland (beyond the weather).

Experience

Being an adult means you can be a bit more confident in your choices. The reason? Experience. You no longer are the new kid on the block and that’s a good thing! Remember how scary that was? Knowing who you are and what you can achieve, based on your experience, allows you to have the empowerment you need to set your sail out into the world. (It can also be a hindrance… but that’s a topic for another day).

You’re da boss

And last but not least. YOU ARE YOUR OWN BOSS. Do what makes you happy. Make the choices you want to make. And live life as the adult you always wanted to be.

What is the one thing you dislike about being an adult?

Are you rocking the 90’s trend?

What do you find is the biggest pressure placed upon you as an adult?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites + Ep 25 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

So the day has finally come. I knew it would someday, I just didn’t know how soon.

I had to get glasses.

Now I am not one to toot my own horn, but my vision is still excellent (I can still read the bottom line of the text at the eye test!). But more and more time spent on screens was making my eye muscles really tired and sore. So the glasses will just give me a little boost to help my eyes stay strong, heathy and not strained.

I do however take this as a note for some personal reflection. My eyes are telling me ‘hey Jen, stop looking at a screen all day will you’. So as much as I will be using these glasses when I need to, I will also be reassessing the time I spend all day looking at screens. I, luckily, control my day so I can control my screen time. Wish me luck!Friday - chase the red grape

Now time for some Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Greendaygreenday - chase the red grape

Everything I could have hoped for and more. 26 of my favourite songs, dancing and singing the night away, all beside the man who I had met exactly 12 years previous. One of the best nights of my life, truly!

Favourite… Feeling – Laughter

Jason Byrne - chase the red grape

Waiting for our main man!

Have you ever been literally bowled over with laughter? That’s exactly what we got when we saw Jason Byrne on Saturday. High expectations as we had seen him before but he did not disappoint. Laughter really does make you glow inside and out!

Favourite… Purchase – My glasses!glasses - chase the red grape

See above – I’m glad I went with the bright blue!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Indian Foodfood - chase the red grape

David and I checked out the last Hawkers market of the season in the Perth CBD and decided on some Indian food for dinner. Too dark for a picture but we loved dancing away to the Cuban band behind us. The goat curry and mango lassi in particular were on point!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 25 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastgratitude - chase the red grape

For 5 top tips on a Tuesday we looked at gratitude and how we should really look at how we can embrace it in our lives before dismissing it as a buzzword.chase the red grape podcast

This weeks podcast episode looked at coming back into sport as an adult. It’s bloody scary not coming from a sports background and having the fear of being judged but once you jump that hurdle it can be so rewarding. Listen now on iTunes, Stitcher or via the website.

Favourite moment of training – Deadlifts

Did a simple 2 rep deadlift during training today and it felt good. Sounds corny but deadlifts always make me feel happy and empowered!

Weekend Plans – Out tonight for a birthday party and then… Saturday – weekly shop, maybe lunch out, podcasting and food prep. Sunday – pancakes and newspapers, coffee out and a wonder around a local street festival. Then chill!

Have a fab weekend guys!

Do you wear glasses?

Do you like Indian food?

What was the last thing that had you bowled over with laughter?

Gratitude. It’s not a buzzword… #5TTT

Hi all,

I’m sure you have heard the word gratitude being thrown into every conversation at the moment. Being thankful and grateful… or the word I hear associated with gratitude most often, especially online, #blessed.

Call it what you will. Use it in any way you will. But the art of gratitude has been with us as human beings for a long time, and long may it continue.

I, for one, am very happy that more and more people are being introduced to the concept of gratitude but like many other things out there, we had the ability and awareness all along. Maybe for some we just need a little nudge or a way to gain some clarity.

For this weeks 5 top tips on a Tuesday I want to discuss with you the ways in which you can bring gratitude into your own life… and more importantly how!gratitude - chase the red grape

A practice

No matter how you want to bring gratitude into your life please be aware that it is a practice. Start small and develop it into a habit and you will see more happiness in your life. Gratitude journals are all the rage right now where you list what you are grateful for on a daily/ weekly basis but sometimes I think that can be too overwhelming and too easy to eventually forget about. For me, I like lying in bed at night and listing what the ‘peak’ of my day was and something I ‘loved’ from my day. We do it every night before we go to sleep and it always makes me sleep with a smile. Try making it a habit with your partner or children or maybe it could be something to talk about at the dinner table each night!

It is not about ignoring the bad

It’s a real misconception that gratitude practice is about ignoring the bad or stressful situations that are going on in your life. Gratitude wont take them away, but it may help lighten the load on your mind. There will always be stress, speed and manic times in our lives, gratitude practice is about seeing the light in your tunnel. Pulling your joy to the forefront.

Seeing the beauty in our world

For me, gratitude also comes in the form of taking in my surroundings. Yesterday I felt grateful for the warm sun on a chilly day and the crunchy leaves that coat the pavement leaving me very entertained. Gratitude can come in the form of simply being thankful for the world that surrounds us. Sometimes it can be more grounding to focus on this side of the gratitude sphere.

Realising the joy in the mundane

Relating a fresh ‘peak’ and ‘love’ of the day to David, day in and out, sounds like it would be hard work. Often they are repeats and there is nothing wrong with that. But also they often highlight small joys in the mundane. Like listening to my favourite music whilst chopping up vegetables. A server at the store commenting on how much she likes my ring. Being ability to call my Mum when I want to even if I didn’t speak to her that day. It makes you realise how lucky you are to have what we have, even if it feels like on the grand scale we are struggling.

Knowing how you truly feel

Gratitude is basically checking in with your body and your mind. Think of it as taking stock but instead of allowing your mind to drift into the negative, you pull it back into the positive. If there are things in your life that you are thankful for and they make you happy, do you make them a priority? Do you view certain people now in a different light? They may not act the way you would like but you are thankful that they try and always have time for you. All kinds of questions about you and how you feel about your life can pop up when you start practicing gratitude. Such a small thing that can lead to you living a truthful and more fulfilled life. You just have to be open to letting it in.

Do you practice gratitude?

Tell me something you are thankful for?

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