Put away your excessive expectations.

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I first learned of this notion from reading Stephen King’s “On Writing”, and it changed my life forever.

“I believe the first draft of a book — even a long one — should take no more than three months… Any longer and — for me, at least — the story begins to take on an odd foreign feel.”

Stephen King

I’m a perfectionist, which is often a battle when it comes to writing a first draft. You doubt every word, every sentence, every chapter. …

From mindset and gratitude to going easy on yourself.

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1. Be kind to yourself.

It took me 4 years to put on an extra 20kg, which is a pretty short amount of time for such a large amount of weight. It started with the new, sedentary lifestyle of my first desk job and was quickly escalated by being thrust into the midst of intense grief.

Queue the severe depression, anti-depressants and frequent binge-eating to mask the sadness and anxiety and the 20kg came on hard and fast. And I honestly didn’t care, at the time. Grief leaves little room for you to care about more than the grief and pain itself.

Fast forward to the start of 2020 where my emotions were back under control (for the most part, grief will always stay with you) and I was ready to get my shit together. I was quite ashamed and saddened that I’d let myself get to such a state, but I continued to remind myself of what I’d been through. The hell I had ensured. That I needed to give myself a break and cut myself some damn slack. …

Templated article headlines that will attract more attention.

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The title of your article is arguably one of the most important aspects of your writing. It doesn’t matter if you’ve written an absolute masterpiece if no one clicks through to it in the first place.

Titles may only be a few words long, but their importance can’t be underestimated. A good headline will drive traffic, increase article shares and improve search results.

Over 90% of my articles get curated by Medium, and I do give some credit to my titles. They’re simple, straight to the point and everyone who reads them immediately gets the gist. I’ll happily admit that some of my articles have horrific titles. I knew in my gut that they were bad from the very beginning. I slightly cringed as I hit ‘publish’ and my suspicions were confirmed with the lack of readers that followed. …

Simple advice from personal trainers.

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Squats are arguably one of the best exercises you can do for both your strength training and cardiovascular health. And no, they aren’t just for body builders.

The list of benefits one gets from incorporating squats into their workout routine is a mile long. Squats develop total-body strength, stimulate total body muscle growth, and improve overall athleticism. The most obvious benefit of squats is strengthening and building your muscles — quadriceps, hamstrings, hip flexors and calves. As well as improving muscle mass, squats are a great exercise for weight loss as well — the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism is and the quicker you burn calories. …

It will all be worth it, in the end.

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I met my partner when I was 21 years old. It was at the very beginning of my big European trip that I had embarked on with my best friend. I’d never been particularly interested in dating or boys — I was always more interested in hanging out with friends, family, working and travelling. Josh and his best friend were also embarking on a big European trip together, and as fate would have it, they were in the same 3-week tour group as us.

I’ll skip all the lovey-dovey details — that’s an article for another time. But after 5 weeks of travelling Europe together, I just knew he was the one for me. I’d never felt this way about a person before. …

And begin to lead the life you’ve always envisioned.

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I started making vision boards when I was in my early teens. They basically consisted of Zac Efron cut-outs from Dolly magazine (manifesting him as my future husband) and clipping of Australian soap dramas (that I genuinely thought I’d be cast in). Fast forward to my late twenties, and I take my vision boards a little more seriously. Sorry Zac, I’m sure we would have been magic.

I’m a practical person, but I do believe in manifestation. …

You’ve got this.

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1. “I don’t have to do everything.”

We sometimes burden ourselves with a mountain of tasks. Our bucket list is full to the brim. Our daily to-do lists are exhausting just to look at. We take on the burdens of others as well as our own and feel we need to fix everything.

But the fact of the matter is, we really don’t have to do everything. The world will not crumble if you don’t do your laundry today. You are not a failure if you can’t bring yourself to finish writing today’s article. …

An exercise-phobe’s journey to fit.

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The thought of exercising used to make me cringe. There would be the occasional week or two where my willpower was peaking and exercising didn’t seem so bad, but those weeks came few and far between. In general, exercise filled me with dread. Exercise, to me, was boring as hell.

Since the start of this year, I’ve been getting fit and healthy. I’ve lost 15kg (33 pounds). I constantly find myself running my hands over my arms and legs because I can’t believe how strong they feel. Most of my clothes no longer fit because I’ve gone down 3 sizes. But the best thing, to me, is that I now love exercise. …

My exercise, diet, mindset and motivators.

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Like many people who were fortunate enough to keep their job in 2020, I was asked to work from home until further notice, starting back in mid-March.

I knew that this new way of life would last a while (it’s now July and our instruction to work from home remains). I also knew that this situation could have gone one of two ways for me:

  1. I could have wallowed, found comfort in binging TV and food, and put on lots of weight.
  2. Or, I could spend this new-found time and energy on my workouts, diet and general mindset towards health and food. …

… I told myself for the third week straight.

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I sat down to write an article yesterday, as I’d only written one article in two months. I felt like it may be time to get back on the horse. I got half way through the piece, and my mind totally conked out.

I just didn’t want to do it.

I hadn’t wanted to do it for weeks.

Usually, I would persevere. But this time I told myself not to worry about it. And it gave me a huge sense of relief.

The ability to write, or to be creative in general, is a gift. It should never feel like a burden. If you find your desire to write dissipate for a period of time, try not to worry about it. The more you try and force it, the more you’ll resent it. The more you resent it, the harder it will be to muster up the courage to do it again. …


Maddie Rosier

Leaving parties early since 1991. Advertising suit by day.

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