Healthy Life Healthy Living

2020 is well and truly underway, and I've decided to start living healthier.

Our business has been growing, and the stress of that has had its impact on my diet...

BUT NO MORE

I loved the corporate lunch we had catered for our first 2020 meeting and it was the perfect nudge I needed to take action!

A friend of mine recommended a high-fat, low sugar diet to start with. I'm not prepared to go full ketogenic diet, but I think I can take this step.

They recommended a few high fat foods and much to my surprise, they're some of my favourites!
  • Avocados 
  • Free Range Eggs 
  • Nuts 
  • Full-Fat Yogurt 
  • Fatty Fish 
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • Dark Chocolate 
  • Coconuts
  • Coconut Oil 
  • Chia Seeds 
  • Cheese
Here's some more good suggestions I found in my research:


Happy New Year from Corel

Hi all,

I hope your 2020 has started off fantastically!

I've been working hard on my new side project. I'll have some more to share with you in the coming months. In the meantime, here's a sneak peek.

In the meantime, I wanted to commend the firefighters around Australia who are working 16-hour days to put out the bushfires which have ravaged our beautiful country.

New Years Resolution

My new years resolution for 2020 (inspired by Disher Benner) is to be as "green" as possible. So here's a list of things I'm focusing on this year to make my family a little more eco-friendly.
  • Bring our own shopping bags ALL THE TIME (i sometimes forget)
  • Cook from scratch and meal plan. Save more money and get more nutrients
  • Eat organic as much as possible. Less GMO foods and hormones
  • Eat better meat, and eat a lot less of it. Better for us and less wastage
  • Get the chemicals out of our beauty products and hygiene products (PS I'm loving this organic perfume I got for xmas!)
  • Bring our own water bottles rather than buying disposable
  • Hang your laundry to dry rather than use the clothes dryer

Today's song of the day:

Dance Monkey by Tones and I

I love to play this while I'm doing some housework :)

Should I stay or should I go now?

I came across this article on The Painted Drawer about outgrowing your home, which is something that has been playing around in my mind lately.

The kids are getting bigger, and we purchased a bigger a few years ago to accommodate, but now our house is starting to feel a little on the small side.

they are a growing family and need a house that will be closer to schools
YES! That's exactly it. It would make life a lot simpler for us.

It also got me thinking about this song:


I LOVE the Clash!

Anyways the post had some interesting ideas about adding a "garden house" to get a little of that new home feeling. I think that might be American for "Granny flat"? Either way, it's not a bad idea.

UPDATE: we have decided to stay since we have worked out additions we can make to make it a bit more palatable, thanks to these guys

I'll have to consider that. But the real question is...

So you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

I'm watching you alll (with heatmaps)

I recently read an article about heatmapping apps that could help me improve the user sexperience of my websit. It was quite informative, so I decided to give it a try!

Heatmap software is great because it can show you where users click, how far they scroll, where their mouse moves...
Basically I can see exactly how you interact with the website.

I have only used heatmap software briefly, but I have already learned a lot in terms of usability issues on my website. I found this video particularly useful:


So be on the look out for changes to my website soon!

My first order on Amazon Australia

amazon box

The greatest words in the English language: "your oder has shipped" 💖

Amazon are making a huge push in the Australian market and I just recently made my first order. "Amazon has been the talk of the entire Australian retail industry after it confirmed its plans to expand down under." (source: ordermomentum.com)

I hosted my website for a while on Amazon Web Services but this is my first retail order with the e-commerce giant, from a recommendation from a friend. The process was as good as I've had online.

I'll update this blog when it arrives so I can share all the awesome goodies I ordered with you all


Is a marketing degree worth it?



I recently came across an article that asks a very important question: are marketing degrees worth it?

Do you need marketing qualifications to work in marketing?
Source: https://trafficjammedia.co/do-you-need-marketing-qualifications-and-degrees/

Learning to spreadsheet

I'm currently learning (well, re-learning to be more precise) how to use Microsoft Excel.

I've found my daily tasks, both professional and at home, could benefit from being a bit more proficient in everyone's favourite spreadsheet software, Microsoft Excel.

Also, here's the current sitch in the workplace:

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This journey started when I found myself watching several YouTube videos after searching for "how to *insert intermediate MS Excel task*"and came across this one:


But I quickly discovered I'm somewhere between a beginner and intermediate, so i need a but more of a customised training solution to get me where I want to be.

Insert: Excel Dimensions. Excel Dimensions is an onsite Microsoft Excel training provider that offers Australia wide training in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Darwin, and Hobart.  

I contacted them and explained my predicament.

Thankfully (oh god I'm so grateful), they explained that they offer customised courses for beginners, intermediates users and advanced Excel gurus. So I was able to pick out the topics we needed to cover beforehand and learn exactly what I needed and nothing I didn't

Does this mean I'm now a Microsoft Excel expert?

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But it does make my life a lot easier! I no longer sit at my desk Googling "how to x in Excel" because its imprinted into my brain :D