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“Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.” – Mason Clooney

We’re all guilty of it. Whether it was uni work, the chore list our mothers gave us, that favour we said we would do for a friend, or work that needs to be done before a meeting deadline. We love to procrastinate.

I LOVE procrastinating. There, I said it. I have spent hours on YouTube when I should be blogging, and I’ve spent hours blogging when I should be cleaning the house. It’s a vicious cycle, even though in the present it is enjoyable, the panic when you realise you are running out of time to finish tasks is just around the corner.

But what about when we are dealing with bigger issues in our lives? Those bigger changes than can drastically alter our day-to-day being. When does procrastinating on these things become detrimental to our lives?

Find out how to over come procrastination

A recent survey showed that over two-thirds of guys now carry a ‘Man Bag’ with over half stating that they are vital to their every day routine. The best part? The total value of these ‘essentials’ is a huge figure you won’t be able to guess. Find out as I reveal what’s in my bag.

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. – Augustine of Hippo

So as I sit here writing this I am surrounded by clothes and essentials, my passport and documents and a seemingly endless list of things I think I need to take with me. Tomorrow I leave for Australia.

It’s been six years since I last visited, a portion of my family have been here for over 20 years. It’s also been two years since I took longer than two days off work. I have habit of getting so caught up in work it is often a stretch of years between holidays for me. The last time I went I was just 20 years old, the furthest I had ever flown was four hours on a school trip to Russia with 40 others. This times it was 24 hours and I would be alone. It was a sudden and unplanned booking and I left myself with just a three week turnaround time to get my things sorted before I left.

Find out what happened on the trip

There’s nothing like a quick bit of sun to recharge the batteries, especially as the cold weather begins to set in. So you can imagine my joy at being asked to accompany my friend and fellow blogger, The Chic Geek on a trip to Lisbon with Malibu and their #BestSummerEver campaign. It’s time for TSOA on Tour!

We were to be in Lisbon for three days, so it was time to start packing – “WHAT THE HELL AM I GOING TO WEAR?” – the most pressing question on my agenda.

I’ve always suffered when it came to summer, a mixture of body confidence issues and wanting to stay covered up and also being a super-mega-obsessive fan of the wonder hue that is black. God, I love black. If there were a darker colour, I’d wear it.

See what I got up to and what I wore!

“Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more.”~ Confucius

It’s said that words only have power if you let them; that sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you. But what about when it comes to words of love and positivity? We’re happy to accept the power of these words and are instantly affected by them, so how can it be so easy to ignore the bad ones?

I believe words have power. It may not always be a direct power that can harm, or even uplift, but words can teach and influence unknowingly, in a way that can be far more devastating. More often than not these words can be used completely unintentionally.

Discover the power of words

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