Photos By Tara
Carraig Donn Jacket (Similar HERE) // Zara Jumper (Similar HERE) // River Island Molly Jeans // Topshop Boots (Similar HERE) // Givenchy Antigona Bag // River Island Belt (Similar HERE) // Topshop Sunglasses (Similar HERE)
Happy Monday everyone! Firstly, if you’re reading from Ireland, I hope you’re inside staying safe from #Ophelia. So crazy this is happening? Even though I’m far away here in New York, I know all the Irish abroad are just as worried. Lots of you have sent me snaps of Rossbeigh on the news. I’m keeping up to date with everything on Twitter and through my parents and just hoping it won’t be as bad as predicted. Fingers crossed for our little country!!
I know a lot of you in Ireland are stuck at home today, so I’m back again with my usual Monday post and hopefully it will provide a little distraction. It’s an outfit which is definitely a little different for me. I’m 99% sure this is the first red piece I’ve ever worn on my blog! Being a redhead, I just always believed wearing red wasn’t for me, but seeing as it’s such a big trend this season, I figured I’d give it a go. Why not? It definitely won’t be a colour I’ll wear every day just yet, but I’m on the lookout for some nice pieces to add to my wardrobe. This red jacket is from Carraig Donn and I love it! Simple, classic and definitely not too overpowering for me. I paired it with my usual all-black (a.k.a. my safety net, haha!) and some silver touches. I’ve actually picked up some really nice pieces from Carraig Donn over the past few weeks and I’m exciting to show you more over on my Instagram (@retroflame) so keep an eye out. They have some beautiful & timeless pieces on their site right now so be sure to have a look. I always love being able to feature Irish brands here on Retro Flame :)
Lots of you seemed to enjoy last week’s post all about the 5 things I stopped doing the week before and you’ll be happy to know I’ve been sticking to it pretty well. Let me know if any of you tried it as well? Small changes, kept up over time, honestly make the world of a difference and I’ve been continuing to make a few more changes this past week too.
You might not think it but often, I can be one to put off things until ‘next week/month/year’ (we’re all guilty I guess) but nothing freaks me out more than coming towards the end of the year and certain things still aren’t done or haven’t improved. I was on Pinterest over the weekend and one quote I came across that really stood out to me – “You give life to what you give energy to”. Basically, until you put focus on something you want to do, it will NOT get done. Simple as.
So last week, I started focusing. Big time. Not just on work but things we ALL seem to put of…
1. I started a new Fitness & Food plan with a guy called, Paul Sharry, who creates tailored fitness programs in relation to your time & goals. Last week was my practice week and then I officially start my 4-week plan today. Trust me when I say I have started SO many of these types of plans and never even made it half way through, but this time will be different. I’m promising myself. I really liked the way there was a ‘trial week’ because it allowed me to see what I liked and what I didn’t like and Paul & I were able to make any necessary changes before starting today. It’s a very simple plan – plenty of healthy food & 4 workouts per week. The workouts are short but tough and let’s just say I hurt EVERYWHERE after week one today, haha! Paul has given me a discount code to give to you incase you’d like to try out the plan with me (they’re really reasonably priced) so if you enter ‘Retro10’ at the checkout, you’ll get 10% off. There are 2 big reasons a little bit of focus has paid off big time with this area of my life. By actually making that small decision to sign up to a plan, I now 1) Know that the time I’m spending workout out is never a waste (I was that person at the gym who didn’t know what was going on) and 2) I have someone to check in with. Paul checks in a lot with me (which I love) and seeing as I’m slightly competitive, I don’t want to not see results. So I’m all in! As I said on my snapchat (retroflame1) I’m 100% not doing this to lose weight, I’m doing it because being in a proper fitness plan and eating healthy food genuinely makes everything else in my life better too. I’m in a better mood, I have more energy, I feel more productive and of course, above all else, I know I’m being good to both my body and mind. And at the end of the day, there’s nothing more important. Be sure to check out this site HERE if you fancy signing up :)
2. Last week was all about the plans seemingly, because as well as adding a new fitness plan into my life, I also met with the team at the ‘Financial Gym‘ to create a new Financial Plan for me. Now what in the hell is this!? I didn’t really know either and being honest didn’t know I even needed one. I wouldn’t say I’m terrible with money but I’m also not the best, so I figured there would be no harm in meeting with them and wow, I’m glad I did. I won’t go into too much detail in this post, but basically, they help you to work towards your financial goals. Whether it’s that holiday you want to take, the investment you want to make, the wedding you’re saving for, the house you’re about to build, that new dog you want to be able to take care of or that student debt you need to really focus in on paying off. Whatever your goals are, they put structures in place to make sure you hit them. Sounds pretty straight-forward but so many of us don’t even know where or how to start. Living in New York has changed things big time for me in relation to money – EVERYTHING is so expensive and I also now work for myself & have employees. So my attitude towards money also had to change. Last Wednesday, I had my introductory meeting with them and this Wednesday, I’m going back in to get my plan. So I’ll definitely keep you updated on everything. Again, a tiny step towards focusing on something & making a plan is about the make the world of a difference in the long-run.
Starting is the hard part – making that first move towards making a change – but when you look back, you’ll ALWAYS wish you started sooner. It’s time to stop putting things off. So whatever is on that ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ list of yours, today is the day to start planning on ACTUALLY doing it. Here are some things that helped me to get started:
1. Ask yourself if you genuinely want to do it? If you say you want to do something, and yet you keep not doing it – that means you don’t really want to do it. At least not enough to make the effort required. Think about it this way: we vote with our actions. If we truly want to do something, we do it. If we don’t want to do it as much as the other options available to us (not learning French, staying in our current job) we won’t do it. It’s critical to be honest with yourself. A smaller list of things you ACTUALLY want to do, not just think you want to do, is always better. So it’s time to have a harsh look at that list and prioritize.
2. Just go & set up that first meeting. Whether it’s an interview for a new job, a consultation at the gym, a first date, or just an hour at your computer doing research on something. What have you got to loose? Schedule in 1 HOUR this week and I promise you won’t regret it. Starting is the hard part but it always gets easier from there.
3. …And finally, remember that you’ll NEVER be full ready. So just take the leap sooner rather than later. You’ll always be glad you did.
So that’s all for today! Hoping you’re all staying safe in Ireland and please be sure to do your very best to help the homeless, any people living on their own and of course, the animals.
Talk soon & have a good week,
*Huge thank you to Carraig Donn for partnering on this post.