My Cozy Nook Edit | Kmart Slimline Trolley | Decorating, Organising, & Decluttering

Hi everyone

So I have been really loving decorating, organising and decluttering my house so I thought I will post more of how I have been decorating and organising my house. I live in a small two-bedroom unit that is owned by my parents but I am renting from them and it will basically be mine when I have a full-time job. That will hopefully be soon when I finish my nursing course in June.

I have been living here for the last 6 years. I can’t believe it’s been that long already! I still remember my housewarming party when I first moved in 2016. It’s taken me a while to love my place and to feel comfortable living here but I am now nearly there and really happy with it. I can’t imagine living anywhere else as it’s close to literally everything! It’s only 10 minutes away from the city and 10 minutes away from the airport, Ikea, and Bunnings. It’s close to nice cafes like Karma and Crow, Devour cafe, a nice Vegan bakery that just moved here called Cherry Darlings and it’s close to lovely shops such as House and Gardens and Wholers. We also have the lovely Marion Hotel nearby and Westfield Marion shopping centre. It’s also not far from Westfield West Lakes too and my family so I am happy with the location and the house.

I wanted to take you on my journey of decorating and organising my house so here are some photos of what I have done so far. The colour theme for my house is grey, pink and dark blue with red, gold, and green accents. I am not an interior designer by any means… I just love decorating!

First up is this slimline trolley that I got from Kmart. The quality of the trolley was not that good as some of the wood was damaged when I first opened it but I thought for that price it is not bad and I couldn’t be bothered returning it. You can’t see it anyway after you have built it.

I had to build it myself so it took a long time to build about two hours as there were lots of bits and bobs. It made my space look prettier though and took up less space since the trolley was slimline. I was using my Ikea Raskog trolley before and that was taking up too much space in the dining area so I placed it in the kitchen instead and used it for more storage. I will show you how I use the Ikea Raskog trolley now in another post.

It took a while to figure out where to place everything. Some of the bigger bottles could not fit on the upper shelves as too big so I had to put it on the bottom shelf even though it’s my favourite gin. At first, I placed my hand sanitiser, Glen 20, mosquito repellant, and foot spray on the top shelf for easy access and I take off my shoes next to it but then when I posted that photo on the Kmart hacks group page people were making fun of it and commenting on it but now I understand why so I decided to move it. I removed it from the top shelf and now it looks cleaner and less cluttered. And I love it now!

What do you all think of it? Do you love it or hate it?

Please leave your thoughts in the comment below or like this post.

Love Nat xx

13 New Year’s Resolutions for 2022 | A New Beginning

Hi everyone

I am so sorry I haven’t been writing regularly but I just haven’t felt inspired too. But as the end of the year approaches, I thought it would be a great time to write my New Years Resolutions for 2022. I can’t believe it will be 2022 next year! I hope it will be a better year than this year. This year was kind of crap, to be honest. How was 2021 for you?

Here are my top 13 new years resolutons for 2022:

1. Save more money

This year I spent way too much more than half my income and that is bad. I started running an Adelaide Foodies Meetup group on Facebook and that is where I spend most of my money. I need to not go out as much next year and cut down on eating out. Or spend less on me like on retail therapy and just eat out more. I have been reading the Barefoot Investors book, which has been useful but it also doesn’t suit my lifestyle but it does give some useful tips on how to save money and so I need to be more disciplined when it comes to budgeting next year.

2. Finish my nursing studies

I was meant to finish my Diploma of Nursing this year but because I have been sick and had a mental breakdown I decided to delay my 6-week hospital placement to next year in February. I have also been procrastinating doing my written assignments that I still need to do for two more subjects. I was meant to redo them this year but I have this anxiety about it and I tend to avoid doing my assignments. But next year I definitely need to finish my nursing course. I will reward myself for finishing it like going on a holiday interstate or overseas when it is safe. i need to reward myself, which is sad but it is the only way that will get me to finish it as I have a love/hate relationship with my nursing course.

3. Spend more time with my sister and nieces

So, my sister and I never got along growing up as my sister can be a bit critical and bossy. We always fought and I would cry as I am sensitive. But because she got kids now she has become more understanding and we have started to talk a bit more but we still don’t talk as much only when we have weekly family dinners. Next year, I would like to spend more time with my sister and my two nieces either inviting them over to my house more as they have hardly been to my house this year. I felt bad for not being able to organise anything but I guess it’s also really hard with the children. I also want to be able to have my sister trust me in childminding so I am able to spend more time with my nieces.

4. Learn something new

This year, I did not learn anything new. I started to paint a bit more but that is about it and so I really want to start a new hobby or join a club. It’s good for the mind and soul so I think 2022 should be about getting out of your comfort zone.

5. Update my blog regularly

I probably say this every year but I want to update my blog regularly like have certain days a week where I will write in my blog. Just to gain more interest and it is something I like to do too. This year, I hardly wrote in my blog so I felt a bit bad as I didn’t have motivation due to my mental health not being good and also lots of things going on in my life. Next year, I hope to write more food content and also lifestyle posts.

6. Be more positive

I say this to myself every day so it is kind of like a daily goal but I definitely want to be more positive next year as this year my mental health sucked to be honest. But I got help from doctors, a specialist and a psychologist so it has definitely made me a better person and I have worked hard this year to improve my mental health and my lifestyle but next year I just want to be more positive and have less mental breakdowns.

7. Drink more water

I don’t drink enough water as I should so I want to make it my goal to drink 2L of water a day. I think I only drink 30 ml of water a day but I have cups of teas and other types of drinks in between so that could be included in my fluid intake but water is the best for you as it keeps you hydrated so I want to drink 2L of water every day.

8. Be more confident talking to guys

Growing up, I was never confident in talking to guys as I went to an all-girls school and I only had my sister. I also had only girlfriends no guy friends so I didn’t really have a boyfriend until I was in my 20s, which is so late to have one. I wish I had more experience with guys but I would always be teased by the boys in my primary school and so that left me a bit reserved around them. So next year I want to be more confident talking to guys. I think I have been this year as I have made some guy friends this year but I want to make more guy friends and be more confident.

9. Go to Sydney

I really want to go to Sydney as it’s been ages since I have been to Sydney and Sydney should be safe compared to Melbourne so I want to go to Sydney first as I am fully vaccinated and will be getting my booster soon so I will be safe to travel. That could be my reward for finishing my nursing is to go to Sydney with maybe my foodie friends as there is a lot of restaurants/cafes I want to try in Sydney.

10. Wake up at 5:30 am every day

This year, I have been running late for work most days because I either get up an hour before I have to get to work and usually I need two or three hours to get moving so I want to try to wake up at 5:00 am or 5:30 am every day so I have more time to do stuff in the morning like meditation, journaling, and exercise. I can allow myself to sleep on the weekends but during the week I want to wake up at 5:00 am or 5:30 am. I think if I wake up at 5:00 am or 5:30 am every day then I will get used to it and I won’t get tired as much during the day. I also need to sleep earlier to be able to get the right amount of sleep.

11. Be punctual

I want to start being more punctual as I have been running late most days to social events and so I hate the feeling of being late so I want to try to be punctual to events and to work as well.

12. Go for 10-15 minute walks every day

I wanted to do this goal this year but I never got around to doing it as I felt like I walked too much at work then when I got home I would be too tired to do anything. But I am going to try to motivate myself to walk 10-15 minutes every day excluding walking at work as I just went for a 10-minute walk just now around the block and I felt good about doing it. I now have more energy and I would probably sleep better too if I went for a walk at 7:00 PM or 7:30 PM each night before it gets dark.

13. Read 10 minutes a day

I want to start reading more by just starting off with 10 minutes a day. I started doing this goal this year but I never stuck to it and so I want to do it regularly and to read more variety of books. I borrowed some fictional books from the library so I want to start reading those.

Well, that’s all that I can think of at the moment and that’s enough goals to start off with for 2022 otherwise it can be a bit overwhelming. What are your new year’s resolutions for 2022? And do you stick to them? I tend to not stick to new years resolutions but I do want to try next year. May 2022 be a better year for us all!

Love Nat xo

The Paper Club Unboxing | For Stationery Addicts | October Subscription Box

Hi everyone!!

If you’re a follower of my blog then you will know that I have been subscribed to The Paper Club Stationery Subscription Box for a while now. I had just received the October Box and I am so excited to share it with you. Each box will contribute $1 towards OzHarvest, which will feed 2 meals for the homeless so it’s for a really good cause.

This months theme is an Oasis theme that allows you to escape reality.

In this months box we have:

1 x Washitape

1 x Tropical Stickers

1 x Scissors

2 x Tropical Paper Sheets

1 x Greeting Card

1 x Notecards and Envelopes

1 x Monstera Leaves Gift Bag

My favourite items in this months box are the washitape, tropical stickers, and the scissors. I have been a collector of washi tapes since I started my stationery account on Instagram a few years ago so I have a whole box full of washi tape sorted out into different colours. I just love using washi tape as a seal on the back of envelopes or as sticky tape when wrapping presents. I mainly use washi tape for decorating my planner!

Speaking of planners, I have been decorating my planners from stickers that I got from Officeworks as they have a sticker section in the stationery aisle from Carpe Diem that are for planners and calendars. They are just so cute! But these tropical stickers from the Paper Club are cuter and I love the watercolour style they have used for these stickers. I will definitely use them in my planner. Keep an eye out for my planner and washi tape collection.

The last favourite item is the golden scissors with the black trimming on the handle. It just fits my style of my desk so I am glad to have it sitting in my pen holder. The Paper Club have added some really good items in this months box as it’s the first time I have received tropical stickers and golden scissors!

if you want to find out more about the Paper Club then I will put a link to their website here. You can check them out in your own time. The subscription box is only $19.95 a month and all stationery boxes have a combined value of over $50. It’s really worth the money and I have not been disappointed in any box yet. I have loved all the items I have received so far and I am not just saying that because I am a stationery addict.

Overall, I rate this months box 5 out of 5 stars. It’s probably one of the best boxes yet!

Let me know in the comments below if you are subscribed to the Paper Club and what is your favourite item out of this months box? Thank you for reading!

Enjoy

Love Nat xx

6 Tips on How to Stay Calm Before An Assessment

Hi all

So I have been studying for exams in the last couple of weeks. They are not written exams but it’s more practical exams where we have to do role play and answer some oral questions. Last week it was about diabetes but I needed to redo some of it as I had trouble drawing up the syringe. Usually I would have cried and given myself a hard time but because I have been doing these 6 tips lately it has helped to reframe my thoughts and to keep calm during an assessment.

Meditation

I highly recommend to do meditation. It has changed my life. It has cleared my mind before an exam or assessment and has helped me to concentrate on my breathing, which helps with anxiety. It takes a while to get started though but like all things you just need to keep going at it and practice! Practice makes perfect. What I do for meditation is that as soon as I wake up, I go to the toilet and also turn off the lights as I sleep with the side table light on as I am afraid of the dark believe it or not at my age. I then do meditation in bed using an app called Calm. I really love this app as it has a lot of features, topics, and it’s very calming. They recommend to sit in a comfortable position but I like to lie in bed as it’s more comfortable for me and I can concentrate better but just remember not to fall asleep during meditation.

I love listening to Tamara Levitt as her voice is very soothing and she gives really good tips, especially with the daily meditation. I do daily meditation every morning and with each meditation there is a different topic. Today I learnt about tenderness and about being gentle with yourself. I really loved the quote that she used in this daily meditation, which I will post here for inspiration. You have to pay to use the Calm app but I really think it’s worth it. It takes time and practice to concentrate and to focus on breathing but the more you do it the better you become. Trust me!

Journalling

After meditation, I do journalling. I really love journalling as it helps clears my mind. I sit by my front window in my comfortable chair surrounded by my plants and soaking in the morning sunshine (if there is any in the morning as right now it is winter). I then grab an A5 notebook, a pen and turn on Ambient Relaxation playlist on Spotify. It’s really calming and relaxing for journalling. You can use any notebook but I love getting mine from Typo as they have really cute designs and it’s cheap as sometimes you can get 3 for $10 or something crazy like that. I then start reflecting on meditation, doing affirmations, and visualising my goals in my journal and then I write down what I did for exercise and reading followed by scribing. It’s like I’m keeping a record on what I did.

I do 20 minutes of writing down what’s on my mind and reflecting on what I did yesterday. I also write down what I am going to do that day. I write down about my worries and then talk about how I can improve and then do gratitude towards the end. I even tell myself to have a lovely day and to keep smiling. It just boosts my mood and helps me get things off my chest. It’s great! It clears my mind before an exam or assessment and helps me keep calm as I remember my affirmations and helps me to remember to breathe as it’s in my goals for the day that I write down in my journal. I really love journalling and I highly recommend to do it in the morning.

Yoga

I have been doing yoga religiously every day. Well, except when I have really bad pain from my Endometriosis or my Fibromyalgia then I don’t do any exercise. I give myself permission to take a break and I don’t put any pressure on myself to do it. I do Yoga when I feel like it and that’s okay.

I have been loving Yoga with Bird on Youtube. I highly recommend her for Yoga as she’s very calming and positive. She gives you plenty of options and tells you to embrace all the wiggles and shakes and don’t put pressure on yourself to do all the moves just do what is best for you. Her videos can be rushed towards the end and repetitive but I just choose what video I feel like doing that day and her routines are not very long, which is what I like about them they are about 5 – 15 minutes long with the latest one being 30 minutes but 15 minutes is enough for me. I take out my Yoga mat and do the routines in my living room with my apple TV. I like to close the blinds and turn on the heater whilst doing it during winter to give it the cozy atmosphere. You can use candles if you like to set the mood but I don’t as it gets distracting. I feel stronger and more energised afterwards and her evening routines are very relaxing. In most of her routines, she ends it with meditation so you feel relaxed and good afterwards, which helps with staying calm before an exam or assessment.

Practice

Practicing for an exam or assessment always helps with staying confident and calm as you know what you’re doing or know what you’re going to talk about. I don’t recommend practicing at the last minute like I do as my brain copes better that way but I do recommend to practice a few days or a couple of weeks before just to get confident at it. I have learnt to write down scripts before the practical exam so I know what I am going to say during the role play. As you practice you learn what’s the best way for you to study for your exam and to keep calm.

Breathe and take a break

Meditation helps with practicing breathing and it helps to breathe before or during the assessment. Sometimes I forget to breathe during my role play and I start to get muddled or anxious. When I get anxious, I just stop and tell myself to breathe and stay calm. If you’re waiting with friends before an assessment it helps to take a break from last minute preparation and to socialise with your friends to stay calm and help support each other. Also, always remember to take a break whilst studying! Reward yourself for studying.

Do Affirmation

I have really appreciated affirmation and it has helped me to keep calm before an assessment as I tell myself that I can do it and that I know what I am doing as I am smart. It helps with reframing negative thoughts and turning them into positive ones. I recommend to do affirmations every day and write them down in your journal. It doesn’t matter if it’s the same every day as it will help you to remember them. You can always change it up by adding on to it, which is what I do. You can do affirmations when you start to feel negative energy and it really helps to calm your mind. I always start with ‘I am…’ with each affirmation.

‘I am kind, caring, friendly, gentle and pleasant. I am strong. I am warrior. I am smart in my own way. I am beautiful on the inside on the outside. I deserve to be loved as I am loveable. I am worthy of love. I am good enough.’

You can use my affirmation or you can start writing down your own. Leave your affirmation in the comments if you don’t mind sharing to help support each other during this tough time.

Hope these tips will be useful for you. Good luck with your exam or assessments! YOU CAN DO IT! Keep calm and stay positive.

Love Nat xx