Should You Be Planning For The Future Now?

The fun thing about the future is that it’s always a long while away. It doesn’t matter what kinds of plans you have for the future, you’ve always got time to figure them out! But what happens when you don’t? What happens when you get to a certain point in your life and realise that the future has arrived and you weren’t at all prepared for it? This is the kind of situation that leaves people in their forties with absolutely no idea what they want to do with their lives. Of course, that’s not the way things have to be. Sure, you might be tempted to treat the future like a problem for another day, but the truth is that the future sneaks up on all of us much faster than you might expect and the only way to be ready for it is to start planning for it right now. With that in mind, here are just a few ways that you can make sure that you’re ready for the future, today.

Your financial future

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When people think about the kinds of things that they should be planning for in the future, money is almost always the first thing that comes up. And there’s a pretty good reason for this. The truth is that there are a lot of things to think about when it comes to everything on this list but each and every one of them requires money. You need money to do just about everything in this life, and that might not be ideal, but that’s just the world that we live in. If you don’t make plans for your finances in the future, you could end up in some serious trouble down the road. The most important thing is to start saving right away. You might think that you can’t save because you’re not earning enough but the truth is that pretty much everyone can save, even if it’s just a tiny amount each month. That money will add up surprisingly quickly, and you will also help yourself to get into the mindset of saving which can have a huge impact on your finances going into the future.

Your future career

Far too many people find themselves working jobs that they swore they would only have for a little bit while they sorted out what they really wanted to do. However, they end up working those jobs for years at a time and, before they even know it, they’ve wasted a huge chunk of their life doing something that they hated. The truth is that if no one is just going to hand you the career that you want and if you want to end up doing something that you really care about then you’ve got to put the effort in to look for it. Think carefully about the kinds of skills that you have and the kinds of things that you would be happy doing with your time. Then you’ve just got to figure out what steps you need to take to make your ideal career happen. Sure, you might not be able to find your ideal career right away, but being able to set yourself on the right path is the only way you even have a chance of reaching your goals.

Your future family

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You might want a family; you might not, it’s a totally personal choice, and no one should try to push you in one direction or another, but the fact is that you can’t really know what kind of decision you’re going to make in the future. Now, changing your mind when you’re young is easy. You might find yourself in one circumstance or another, and your mind could change in any number of ways. However, as you get a bit older, especially as women, your options tend to become a little more limited. Now, there are plenty of women who decide to have families when they’re older, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but it is true that it becomes more difficult to have a baby when you get older. Luckily there are options like egg freezing available to you. Of course, you don’t have to take that option; it’s just a good thing that you have things available to you if you decide that it’s the right thing for you.

Your future home

One of the most common things for a lot of people in the modern era is the assumption that they’ll never be able to afford a home. Well, there’s no denying that buying a home is significantly more of a challenge now than it has ever been before, that doesn’t make it impossible. The truth is that you just have to start thinking about buying a home in the future right away. This means that you’re going to need to start saving for things like a deposit and well as ensuring that you’ve got the best possible credit rating so that you don’t fall into the trap of having all of the money that you need but being unable to actually secure the loan itself. Sure, it might seem like a long road ahead, but if you want to be a homeowner, the reality is that you’ve got to get started on that path as soon as possible.

Of course, none of this means that you have to have some totally fixed, rigid idea of what your future is going to be like. After all, none of us could possibly ever predict what’s coming even in the near future, let alone further on in our lives. You’ve got to make sure that you’re flexible and willing to change the way that you see and do things. You may still have the same drives, goals, and dreams in ten years that you do right now, or there’s a chance that everything that you want might be completely different, either way, being prepared for what’s coming next, whatever that might be, really is the best way to face up to any version of the future.

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What Will Help You To Lose More Weight: Diet Or Exercise?

There are plenty of reasons why someone would like to lose weight. Whether it’s to fit more comfortably in your jeans that are a little too tight, become more defined and toned, feel more comfortable in their own skin – some may even be losing weight in order to meet the requirements for weight loss surgery. If this is the case, Dr. Steve Tersigni, founder of Bay Bariatrics Weight Loss Surgery Center, says that the qualifications for bariatric surgery are basically the same for all procedures, meaning that no matter your destination, you will still find handy tips in this blog to help your journey along. Regardless of the reason why you want to lose weight, there are some simple tips and tricks that will help everyone’s journey, regardless of their starting point.

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Realistic Goals

Your overall goal may be to lose four stone, but that can seem like an overwhelming and monumental goal, especially when you are only just starting out. Breaking down the main goal into smaller fortnightly or monthly goals can help everything to seem a lot more manageable, and give you small achievements along the way that will motivate you to keep going. It is recommended that you lose between one and two pounds per week to ensure you are losing weight at a healthy and sustainable pace, helping you to keep it off for good.  

Calorie Intake Deficit

There are plenty of myths out there that have been widely discredited by industry professionals, however, some still seem to be trending. Barely eating anything and starving yourself may make you lose weight at first, but you will gain it straight back as you start to eat properly again. On the other hand, going hard at that gym and then settling down to a Mcdonalds every night won’t help you to lose weight either, let alone reach your goals. Whilst it is important to focus on both your eating and exercise, it is essential that you do not cut anything out of your diet. Those previously mentioned myths happen to contain advice like cutting out carbohydrates, sugar, gluten, dairy etc. from your diet will make the weight fall off with no other encouragement. However, to healthily lose weight and create a balanced lifestyle, all of the food groups are important. The five food groups are fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy or dairy alternative, and grain/cereals. These should be represented in almost every meal you consume. The amounts of each group you need are dictated by your macronutrients, which are carbs, fat, and protein. It is recommended that your diet is made up of 50-60% carbs, and around 20-25% of protein and fat. Having all of these is essential for helping your body to function properly, ensure you receive all your minerals and vitamins, and therefore contribute to your weight loss. Carbs are not your enemy, but your fuel to get up off the sofa and burn some calories. The only way to lose weight is a calorie intake deficit, meaning you burn off more in a day then what you intake. Intuitively eating – only eating when you are actually hungry and not just bored – and regular exercise is the best way to achieve this.  

Exercise That You Enjoy

To lose weight, contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to get on a treadmill and run until you can’t feel your legs. You can actually do something you enjoy. Now you may be thinking there is no exercise you could ever enjoy as it can be gruelling, especially if you are unfit. But have you looked at all your options? HIIT is short high-intensity workouts that will fit easily into a busy schedule, and weight lifting burns more calories after you have worked out due to the energy your body uses to repair muscles. If you have tried both and hated them, there are group exercise options like Zumba and Yoga, or you could even ask a friend if they would like to take up a new hobby with you. There is swimming, badminton, dancing, tennis, netball – all great activities that will burn calories while you enjoy yourself. It really is a case of trial and error – if you don’t like something, try something else. Do your research and find out what activities and facilities are local to you for you to try. It is important to find something you enjoy so it doesn’t feel like a chore to exercise. When you enjoy something, you are more likely to stick to it and start to see results.

If you are hoping to lose weight through the start of 2018, hopefully, this has given you a few tips and tricks on how you can best achieve your goals. Best of luck.  

Restore, Revitalise and Relax: How To Feel Fabulous With Food and Fitness

You stare into the mirror each morning and you aren’t happy with what is standing in front of you. Everyday you inspect your curvy hips, wobbly thighs and squishy cheeks. Overcoming these insecurities will never be easy. We all have hang-ups when it comes to our bodies, but often we don’t realise that they are what make us fabulous. You should never what to change who you are, but it is important to be healthy. I bet you didn’t know that most of the things you don’t like about yourself can be tweaked and tightened up in a flash. No surgery or drastic diets needed, all you need to do is adjust your lifestyle little by little. The beauty will shine out from within and you will feel goodinstantly. Start today and use food and fitness to live a brighter life.

Glamourous and Glowing

You’re skin look dull, tired and full of blemishes. You can’t remember a time you woke up and felt flawless and free of make-up. Did you know that food can influence the way your skin looks and feels? It doesn’t matter if you’ve invested your savings into the most expensive, premium skincare brand on the market; if you aren’t feeding your body the correct nutrients your skin will suffer.

Make sure you incorporate skin-plumping foods into your diet, such as avocados and fresh salmon. The rich, good fats in these foods will feed your skin from the inside and give you a glow in no time. If you’re suffering from inflamed zits or skin blemishes try starting your day with a hot mug of water with a slice of fresh lemon. Lemon contains antioxidants that will instantly relieve your skin of bacteria causing blemishes. Blueberries are another amazing antioxidants so try and get these into at least one of your meals each day. Make sure you’re drinking enough water too to keep your skin hydrated and your body functioning well.

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Fuel Your Fitness Regime

You might have started a new exercise plan which promises quick and easy results, but you’re just not seeing on yourself. You’ve been sticking to it religiously and your body just doesn’t seem to be responding. No matter how hard you’re working in the gym, you need to complement that hard work with the correct nutrients. You need to feed your body the correct products at the correct times in order to see those results in the gym.

Before you head to the gym try and make sure you’ve had some form of complex carbohydrates, this will fuel your body with the energy it needs to work hard in that spin class. You could have organic porridge, wholemeal toast with peanut butter or even some Greek yogurt with homemade granola sprinkled on top. Don’t be afraid to eat carbs, they are you friend if you’re going to the gym! After a hard workout your body will need adequate supplements to repair its muscles. You’re going to need high protein foods such as eggs, lean meats and green veggies after you hit the gym. If you’re opting for a smoothie try adding a supplement of protein powder for an extra boost of muscle repairing formula. If you are consuming protein powder and building muscle you’re more likely to feel leaner and more energized. So if you’re looking to lose fat and gain muscle this would be a great idea for you.

Be Kind To Yourself

Stop beating yourself up for skipping a gym class or indulging in a slice of cake at your friend’s birthday. We all have a life and we should be allowed to live it to the fullest without consequences. Life is about balance and as long as you are having healthy meals and exercising often, you should never feel bad about giving yourself a treat. We all have goals we want to reach, but try and make them tangible. Stop looking at numbers on a scale or measuring tape for a start. Try and set goals such as, fitting into a new pair of skinny jeans, rather than reaching a certain weight. You will never truly know your weight as it fluctuates so much throughout one day. Do yourself a favour and throw away the scales, they are not your friend!

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Mindful Movement

Stop snoozing your alarm in the morning and start your day peacefully. Forget the rushing around and barely brushing your hair before you leave for work or college. Start your day with a relaxed mindset and your body will feel happier straight away. Practice yoga and meditations for a few minutes each day to allow your mind to escape to a world of calm serenity. If you’re unsure where to start, there are tonnes of awesome apps which can help you to start up a routine of meditation and yoga. Deep breathing techniques and calming poses will help your body to reset. You will see a noticeable difference if you suffer from anxiety and you will feel stress free as soon as the day begins. Give it a go and try it with a friend if you need a little helping hand.

Revel In Relaxation

Always allow yourself time to relax and recuperate after a stressful situation. Maybe you have a crazy deadline to meet at work or you’ve been staying up late working on a project. If you have a long, hard stint of work today make sure you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Reward yourself and you will feel more motivated to get to the end.

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Try Something New

It’s always fun to take up a new hobby or pursuit. Whether it’s a new sport or healthy recipe, it’s a great idea to keep you occupied and get your body into gear. The chances are you’ll make a new friend or even start up a hobby that develops into a career. Don’t be afraid to give anything a go and get the moral support you need from your friends and family.

Don’t delay in starting your health and fitness journey today. Your body will feel the love it deserves and as long as you’re living a fulfilled and happy lifestyle you’re definitely on the right track.

3 Perfect Activities For The Day After Christmas

After the indulgence of Christmas Day, December 26th is a chance to recover, relax, and treat yourself to some well-deserved down time. As well as the usual vegging out and playing with presents, the ideas below are the perfect choice to help continue the festive spirit even when the big day itself has passed.

Play a board game

Board games weren’t designed specifically for Christmas, but they may as well have been. They make the perfect activity to enjoy with your family, especially the day after Christmas itself, when you’re not likely to fancy doing anything too active. You could try old favorites such as Monopoly, or opt for a newer concept such as the Destination board games, then gather the whole family around to enjoy a little healthy competition.

Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time

It’s easier than it’s ever been before to keep contact with people thanks to social media, but there’s no true replacement for an actual conversation sometimes. Call and have a chat with someone you care about, and with whom you have only had a text-based friendship for the past few years.

Watch a Christmas movie

Christmas movies should have a place in your heart throughout the festive season, not just in the lead up to the big day. There are plenty of old favorites as well as new discoveries to enjoy. Of course, Christmas is a time of magic, so maybe one day this fantasy perfect Christmas movie will become a reality?


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Leopard On A Mission – Week Five

I’m back! Oh my, what a busy few weeks I have had preparing and enjoying Thanksgiving. It’s time to get start spreading the kindness again.

This week let’s all surprise a neighbor (or many) with some treats! I love doing things like this all year round, but this time of season is the perfect time to spread some joy, and even meet more of those who live around you.

Keep the posts coming on social media by using the hashtag: #LeopardOnAMission

Have a great week!

5 Top Volunteering Opportunities

Do you want to give something back to your local community? Maybe you’ve got a few hours spare each week and want to put them to some good use? If so, you should think about volunteering. There are lots of good causes and charitable organizations that are always on the lookout for volunteers who can help with their day to day work.

Ready to volunteer at a local cause? Here are five of the best ones you might want to think about.

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An Animal Shelter

Animal shelters look after lost pets and injured wildlife and always need people on site to ensure that all of their animals get the best care. When you are volunteering, you will have to help keep the animal’s living and sleeping spaces clean and tidy. You might also have to take all the dogs out for their daily walks.

A Care Home

There are lots of care homes up and down the country, like mcknightplace.com, that welcome in volunteers. As a volunteer, there are lots of ways you can help out. If you have cooking experience, you might be asked to help prepare meals for the residents. Some care homes simply want volunteers to go in to talk to the residents so that they can have a friendly chat every day and have people who can become friends.

National Parks

If you live near a national park, you might want to see if they have any volunteering options. Most of the time, they simply want willing volunteers to help keep the park clean by picking up litter and helping to maintain fences and other important structures. Some national parks, such as Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, get volunteers to take tours around the park. Opportunities like these can often lead to permanent jobs.

Your Local Library

Lots of teenagers volunteer at libraries to increase their chances of getting into a good college. However, this isn’t just an opportunity for teenagers, as many libraries want many older volunteers to help organize events and assist any patrons. Don’t worry if you aren’t too interested in reading and literature, though. Libraries are interested in getting a range of volunteers on board to help them with non-literature things, such as sorting out their finances and designing advertising materials.

Political Campaigns

Whether you support the Democrats or gop.com, there will definitely be a local political campaign or event that you can put your support behind. If it weren’t for a whole team of volunteers behind them, there is no way some political candidates would ever get voted into power! You might want to join a local canvassing to get more people in your neighborhood out voting. If you become a valuable volunteer, you might find that this opens up routes into a political career for you.

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThese are just five of the best volunteering options out there – there are a lot more to choose from if you do your research. How do you think you will volunteer your time?

Leopard On A Mission – Week Four


Woohoo! Week four’s mission is here! I hope you had a fun time writing letters last week, I know I did.

This week I’m asking you to leave a positive or encouraging message on at least one public bathroom mirror! Bonus points for multiple mirrors! Be sure to take a picture and share them with the hashtag: #LeopardOnAMission (but not location, both for safety and for fun!)

This is one of my favorite missions, so you may see this again in the future.

I hope you are all also continuing to spread kindness and love. Please let me know if there is anything you’d like to see in these weekly missions.

Have a great week everyone!

Leopard On A Mission – Week Three


It’s mission day!! How did the first two weeks go for you? I hope you are finding a little more positivity in your life, while adding some light to other people’s lives.

This week’s mission is easy, write at least one letter. Not an email or text, but an actual letter. Bonus points if you write multiple letters! Thank a friend for the help they gave you, say hello to a Grandparent, tell a family member you love them.

Mail it, or hand deliver! Think of the recipient’s face when they receive such a heartfelt message.

I can’t wait to hear how this week goes, don’t forget to use the hashtag: #LeopardOnAMission on social media so others can see the kindness you are spreading!

Leopard On A Mission – Week Two


Hello and happy Sunday! How did week one go for you all? I’d love to hear, so please leave a comment!

Here is this week’s mission: Be only positive on Social Media! Post happy pictures, share good news, leave supportive and uplifting comments.

These things can really add some happiness to a person’s day. On your posts, remember to use the hashtag: #LeopardOnAMission!

Have an awesome week everyone!

Leopard On A Mission – Week One

At times, it can seem like the world is a dark place. However, we need to remember that there is a lot of good out there. I believe it starts with us, sometimes a simple act of kindness is all a person needs to add some positive thoughts to their day. 

Today starts a new challenge on my website, and it needs your help! Each week I will give you a “mission” to help add some positive vibes, helpful kindness, and extra love to our world. Some missions will even be just taking care of yourself, because often times we forget that self care can help us live happier, healthier lives.

I encourage you to follow along and spread some kindness! By using the hashtag: #LeopardOnAMission on Social Media, you can help share how you are making our world a better place. Use it to share stories and pictures of how you “completed each mission”. I can’t wait to see the good we all spread in the world! About once a month, I will also choose some of my favorites and share them in a “Mission Completed” post!

Ready for your first mission? We’ll start off easy for the first one: Each day this week give someone a compliment. A family member, friend, neighbor, even a stranger! Sharing a compliment can give the receiver such a boost in their day! 

Have fun, and enjoy your mission!