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Do you have Imposter Syndrome? + How to get rid of it in 2017

Imagine this. You’re a self-taught photographer, and all your friends love what you do. So naturally you take the leap and quit the 9-5 in favour of this passion you’ve had for the past two years. Suddenly everything changes. You start to doubt your ability, and if you have the right to walk amongst the trained professionals, let alone if you have the right to charge for it. Imposter Syndrome is exactly this:  – You don’t feel deserving of where you are – You question how you even got here with your current credentials – You look inwards with the darkest part of your thoughts putting you down on the simplest thing – You feel like an imposter, and it’s only time before you’re found out So what do you do? You internalise all these thoughts, all the while not telling a soul how you feel due to this fear…

5 Reasons why adopting a cat will actually save you

I’ve always been a cat person. In fact, the main reason my partner and I bought a house was so we could have the furry animals running around with us… FACT! We adopted Teddy and TinTin from the SPCA in early June, and couldn’t wait to bond with them (meet them here). Which got me thinking, these cats have impacted on our lives as positively as I hope we have to them, and although they’re literally running up the curtains as I write this, I cannot deal with how much I love them. If you don’t have a cat but really, really want one… This one is for you (and to link to YOUR partner who isn’t so convinced yet) 5 Reasons why adopting a cat will actually save you 1. Nurture: Taking care of another living, breathing being really goes without saying when you get a new pet.…

Styling your lounge for a cosy winter

It’s pretty common knowledge that my partner and I are new to the property market – we can’t stop talking about it. It’s also common knowledge that having bought in Auckland, we’ve got to be smart with how we’re now spending our money. We’ve been budgeting quite well these last four months, but that comes down to doing our research. So when Genesis Energy brought out their 12-month Happy Winter plan where you can save up to $250 off your home’s first power bill, we jumped at the opportunity to essentially get free power for a whole month in winter (we’re low usage with just the two of us)! That meant I could convince the boyfriend to come shopping, because a Happy Winter plan should come with a happy winter cosy lounge, right? You know I’m right! I focused on three elements to make my lounge winter cosy (and this…

2016 Style Hacks: On trend and on budget

It’s pretty hard keeping up with decor trends these days. Why? Because what’s in vogue in homeware seems to change as quickly as fashion. In other words, a look you may be in love with one day, may be out of fashion the next so staying on trend while on a budget is near impossible…right? WRONG! It’s all about working with what you’ve already got, and finding accent items that suit the trend of the moment. 2016 is all about three major decor trends – and they’re all soooooo good – so luckily for us, this little trick means you can wow with all three. I’ve rounded up my best tips on what to look out for, and how to style in your lounge, workspace and even bathroom. Back to nature Image source: Image Box Studios This trend is hands down my favourite for winter, how could it not…