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Cultivating new habits during this pandemic

For those not struggling with basic human needs, the climb towards self-actualisation can be fraught with external and internal challenges, the latter of which has much to do with mindset. Many of us know that we have bad habits – ones that are holding us back from ‘living our best life’. These can range from destructive and proven unhealthy behaviours such as drugs, smoking and excessive drinking, to more ‘time wasting’ activities such as spending hours on social media or watching too much Netflix. The current world of entertainment at our fingertips encourages us to be lazy. We can sit […]

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How self-care can empower women to achieve greatness

A guest post by Mariah MacInnes As a female, nothing is impossible. But what makes things impossible? The self-talk you tell yourself, the label you give yourself that makes you “not good enough”.  So how do you make yourself “good enough”? It is that part of your body that controls everything you do, yep your brain.  Your brain is telling you what you can and can’t do. So how do you switch it off?  You don’t, you just re-educate.  So we have put together some practices you can do to help retrain that brain so you can care for yourself […]

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Living outside the box

By Bo Brummel I belong to the generation known as Millennials, which includes everyone born between the year 1981 – 1996. Growing up I quickly came to the realisation that the choices and freedom my generation has are way more abundant than 40 years ago. Most people lived where they were born, worked there and got married to someone near them. It was not this idea in particular that scared me, it was the predictability of life, and the fear of living a short and unfulfilled life that stimulated me to live my life in a different way. Of course, […]

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Ten ways to wear a bodysuit

Needing some party outfit ideas or inspiration for the upcoming holiday season? There’s a reason why we LOVE bodysuits – they’re so versatile and easy to mix and match. Bodysuits can be flattering for every body shape, and with so many offerings out there you can choose one that fits your particular style – midriff covering or showing some skin, long or short sleeve, open or closed back, lots or little cleavage, sexy or casual look, it’s all on the market! Below we’ve highlighted 10 fabulous looks for this season with our CIIARA bodysuits. True to our vision of bringing […]

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Why people fear your success and secretly love to see you fail

Years ago I completed a pharmacy degree in Adelaide and started my career as a pharmacist in retail pharmacy. Whilst this was a completely respectable job, I realised quite early on that it wasn’t suited to me as someone who thrived on career progression, dynamic environments and working within flexible conditions. Not to say that this isn’t possible as a pharmacist, but I found the conditions restrictive for me compared to other vocations, with wages not growing, daily tasks often becoming monotonous over time, and with limited growth opportunities, particularly within the retail environment. So I embarked early on with […]

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Letting go of fear

It seems that everywhere we look, people are riddled by fear. Fear of being judged, of voicing their own opinions (whether in line or against popular views), of living how they truly want, working the jobs that make them happy, and reaching for the life that they deserve. Essentially, we’ve become afraid of truly being ourselves. The biggest testament to this is the fear that people have of working towards their dreams. As children we had no fear – we did what we wanted, until eventually we were conditioned to believe in boundaries, limitations and the importance of meeting expectations. […]

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Dealing with judgement

No matter what we do in life, we will always encounter positive and negative feedback. Sometimes this feedback comes from a place of love and in knowing this, we can accept and even embrace it to help improve ourselves. But often, this feedback comes not because someone cares about us – but in the form of judgement. Why does this happen and what can we do about it? The act of judgement is about questioning the moral intentions of another person – showing (or convincing oneself) that one’s views and intrinsic value are greater than another’s. We should note that […]

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How do we know if a choice is right for us?

Every day we make choices, from the moment we wake up until we’re back in bed again. Most choices are automatic, like our alarm clock setting, what we eat for lunch or dinner, or how we get to work. But sometimes, we’re faced with a difficult situation and suddenly we’re not sure what the right choice is. What’s our next career move? Should we be more serious with the person we’re dating? Is it time to move places? We call our mum, sister or friend for advice, talk about all the pros and cons and at the end of it […]

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Seven ways to cut out the crap and start living the life you deserve

Often we feel stuck in our lives yet also paralysed in making change. We’re influenced by so many factors around us, both external and internal, and we often have no idea what we want in life and what truly fulfils us. Here are seven things I wish I’d appreciated (and implemented) earlier, to cut out the crap in my life and bring me closer to my own personal truths: 1. Clean up your environment. Your external environment and particularly your home, is a reflection of your inner self. Where there is internal chaos, this often manifests into messiness, untidiness, generally […]

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How I started dancing

So when I tell people (non-dancers) that I enjoy latin dancing in my spare time, I’m often asked about how I got into dancing and what’s so addictive about it that I can spend 5-6 nights a week dancing. I was introduced to salsa classes in Melbourne by some friends a few years ago, and as with most beginners, I was very slack – only attending one class every few weeks. I was busy having a fantastic social life outside of dancing, as well as enjoying numerous other hobbies. In particular, I had one friend that I would hang out […]

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