pseudo-sabbatical

SplitShire_lowpoly_II’ve been busy behind the scenes. You might have noticed I’ve been away – thank you to Rob and Sabi who certainly did.

If you thought I was being lazy, well, for once you’d be wrong. I haven’t given up on blogging and I certainly haven’t forgotten you. I did do a tiny bit of travel recently and I was a little unwell for a short while. But what I wanted to share is that I’ve been working on a few things which, as a by-product, am hoping will make for a better experience here on mGm. What have I been up to? . . . .

Getting a motorcyle licence. Yup, something I have wanted to do for a long time but procrastinated on forever. The training course was a challenge, especially because everyone else on it already had a fair bit of experience riding (and I didn’t), but it was great to get through it and come out with a permit at the other end. I learned a tremendous lot about forward thinking. You can’t be complacent for one nano-second on the bike, you have to always think 12 seconds ahead or you die. It’s a pretty simple concept. And that has changed my perspective tremendously. On the road and off it. Tell me you can’t apply this in daily life?

Completing a professional makeup course. I’m not just doing it for fun now, I’m qualified yo! I learned a few new things but the best bit is that it’s validated what I already knew – moreso for friends and family who are feeling less hesitant to get me to do their makeup. In fact, I had tremendous fun doing different makeup looks for my cousins and myself for an Indian wedding – the first one I had ever been to. Colour was king and there was no holding back on the bling! Fun fun fun.
I’m looking to do this a bit more professionally so my weekends will be getting a little busier, but more creative too! Look out for more to come.

Learning Krav Maga. Am I any good? Hell no! Do I enjoy it? Shit yes! If you don’t know anything about Krav, you might want to look it up. In a nutshell, it’s a self defence system that combines several aspects of various martial arts to give you practical techniques you can use in real life situations. Aside from the fitness factor, I like it because, firstly, you aim to avoid physical confrontation. But if confrontation is inevitable, Krav teaches you how to end the fight as promptly as possible. Bonus, I also get to do a bit of boxing on the side which I have always loved but had forgotten about. Double bonus, my gym is right next to my regular coffee place. Boom!

I saw my mum. After.six.and.a.half.years! It was great. It was frustrating. It was fun. It was so what I needed!

So what does this all mean?
I don’t know – just going after what you want? Not putting things off until later? Gaining some confidence and having fun, whatever that means to you? It means all those things to me. LIfe is back to the normal grind but there is a small difference in my every day. Whether it’s how I feel about me, how I interact with people, or how I interact with myself. Some days, the difference is huge. And I made it happen.

I’ve got a few other projects in the pipeline – more on that when I hear from you.

What have you been up to?

What are you looking forward to ticking off next on your bucket list?

 

 

 

 

pseudo-sabbatical

giveaway! GRIFFIN+ROW – CLEANSE AND EXFOLIATE SKIN CLEANSER CREAM AND NATURAL EXFOLIANT CLOTH

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I don’t do this sort of thing on mGm but the lovely folks at Griffin+Row have convinced me to give away the  Cleanse and Exfoliate Duo to one lucky reader. That could be YOU!

If you haven’t read my review on these two great products, click here!

The Rules

Please enter by posting a comment below on why you would like to win.

The giveaway is open to Australian residents until 11.59pm (AEDST) 24 December 2016.

The winner will be announced on Christmas Day (what an awesome present!)

You can also enter via Instagram or Twitter.

Get in it.

All the best!

 

giveaway! GRIFFIN+ROW – CLEANSE AND EXFOLIATE SKIN CLEANSER CREAM AND NATURAL EXFOLIANT CLOTH

*review & pics: griffin+row – cleanse and exfoliate skin cleanser cream and natural exfoliant cloth

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I came across Griffin+Row some years ago when I didn’t know the difference between concealer and corrector. It is a home-grown Aussie brand that focuses on skin care that is designed to be as natural as possible. When G+R reached out to me to see if I’d like to try some of their products, I immediately leaned towards the cleanser because I was looking for something non-drying as we slowly shook off winter’s chill. Enter Cleanse and Exfoliate, the cream cleanser and matching exfoliating cloth from G+R.

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*review & pics: griffin+row – cleanse and exfoliate skin cleanser cream and natural exfoliant cloth

spicy nuts | with beer or without

spicy nuts
spicy nuts

There is no big story behind this one. I had a bag of natural almonds, I had some time, I roasted them. They were delicious. I thought I’d share.

Pop open a beer, get your strong arm out and make this now.

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spicy nuts | with beer or without

1000 words: sweet gifts

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because friends don’t let friends run around with dry skin
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q&d | clear, glowing skin in 15 minutes

img_2256-7This is a cheap-as-chips DIY facial treatment that will give you beautiful, glowy skin in about 10 minutes. And radiant, clear skin with regular use over time. I was inspired by fellow blogger Sabiscuit, who is not only supremely creative but has this natural skincare thing down pat.

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q&d | clear, glowing skin in 15 minutes

review, pics & swatches: chanel vitalumière aqua cream compact makeup in #50 beige

chanel vitalumiere aqua cream compact (BA50)
chanel vitalumiere aqua compact

If you’ve read my post on the liquid version of this foundation, you’ll know I’m a fan. A couple of years ago, I was travelling a fair bit for work so I wanted a purse friendly version. A quick trip to Myer and I walked away with this baby. I’m nearing the end of the compact so this one is from the stash.

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review, pics & swatches: chanel vitalumière aqua cream compact makeup in #50 beige