11 ways to look forward to those dreadful Monday Mornings

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We all adore that Friday feeling, that wonderful countdown to the end of the workweek, for people working a typical 5-day schedule.  We feel a surge of excitement as we approach the final hour of the week and look forward to two entire days off and a Friday night to either chill or party.

We crave those two beautiful mornings where we don’t have to set an alarm or have to get on the same train or deal with the same colleagues and clients.

How many of you get that awful feeling in the pit of your stomach sometime late on a Sunday afternoon, knowing that in just a few hours you will be setting your alarm for what is commonly known as the “Monday morning blues”?

What if you could get out of that rut and actually look forward to your Monday mornings? Here are just some of the ways to make Mondays exciting again:

1. Monday Lunch

Make Monday lunch arrangements at least twice a month with a friend that lifts you and laughs with you – a person that you can truly be yourself with and look forward to seeing.

2. Monday Supper Club

Take it one step further and have a Supper Club with a group of uplifting, fun friends – once or twice a month, pick a different restaurant to try out. Many restaurants have great discount deals so check online for coupons and promos.

3. Get Dressed Up

Don’t opt for your usual work outfit on a Monday – wear a bright top, some accessories, perhaps heels and a spray of your favourite perfume.

4. Cupcake Breakfast

You have the rest of the week to be healthy – start the week off with a decadent cupcake, perhaps a cheeky chocolate donut, or get up 20 minutes earlier and sit in a café with a lavish latte and a magazine.

5. Wednesday Movie Night

Okay, so you can’t cram everything fun into a Monday, so pre-book a cinema trip for midweek. Popcorn, reclining seats – with or without company, go and lose yourself in the fantasy of a great film.

6. Spa Spoils

Buy some lavender oil or a face mask over the weekend to put on when you get home on Monday night. Maybe some bath salts or body scrub.

7. Sunday Positivity

Prep for your Monday morning mentally and physically by getting your Monday outfit ready in advance and your office bag packed whilst playing some funky music. Perhaps make a call to an uplifting friend or family member to end the weekend on a high.

8. Lighten the Load

Don’t schedule lots of meetings on a Monday, save those for later in the week.

9. Exercise

As much as it might hurt initially, set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier than usual and go for a 20-minute power walk or do an online workout. Workout for Women is an amazing app that requires no gym equipment and has 7, 14, 20 and 28-minute workouts and a progress tracker. Get those endorphins flowing.

10. Half Empty or Half Full?

Half full of course!!! New week, new potential – see each Monday as a chance to approach a project with a new perspective and renewed enthusiasm.

11. Cheer Others Up

Surprise your colleagues with a little treat – maybe some mini muffins, or a small pot of carrots and hummus. Their appreciative smiles will be contagious.

If you try all of the above and still have that feeling of dread several months later, then ask yourself why you feel this way. Your job is such a huge part of your life that you really should be enjoying most of the time. Maybe it’s time to change things up.  Love It or Leave It

Here’s to your next wonderful Monday morning!

Why Did I start Fembuiz? Here’s my Story…

I’m Rebecca Bennett, but please call me Beck.

Many times I have been called the girl that wears many hats, I learnt very young to follow your passion and always reach for the stars. 

My Dad once asked me what I want to be when I’m older?  As I’m guessing most parents would.

I said “Dad I want to be a photographer and travel the world taking great photos to share with everyone”.  He replied “How are going to pay for that?  Equipment isn’t cheap and either is travelling”.  I knew somehow one day I wanted my own business, I was 12 years old.

My Uncle then suggested I go work in the mining industry operating those big Tonka truck like things that move dirt, (Haul trucks). “There’s a couple of girls up there, you could do it too, but you have to be 21 years old”, he said.

Dad & I on the first Haul truck at the driving school.

So to bide my time I tried a few other job, like cleaning eggs off the floor at an egg factory, selling donuts and making coffee at a local store, burgers at Hungry Jacks, I even hand painted folk art on hundreds of terracotta pots for a nursery, they then went on and sold them to stores like Bunnings, Kmart and Big W for mothers day (for my dads boss).  Folk Art was something I use to do with my Nanna Ketty on school holidays, she taught me well, we even went to classes together, after this big job at such a young age and the passing of my dear Nanna my passion for painting was gone.

My passion for photography grew, joining one of the local camera clubs and attending with my mum.

I left school after year 10, My mum pulled me out, my high school wasn’t keeping up with their reputation, the photography classes and dark room wasn’t happening or being used and the bullying was literally a nightmare after nightmare.  I wasn’t learning what I WANTED to learn.

Using my biggest lens to take photos of the surfers at Secret Harbour @rbennett_photos

So I then went to the local TAFE, did my maths and english, photography, digital imaging and illustrations, Microsoft Word, Desktop Publisher, Excel Spreadsheets, Access Database and then onto Business Administration, in which during a class one day someone came in looking to take on a traineeship administration person, so of course seen the opportunity on the job training could give me at 16 and went for the interview.  This was a real estate a company, the owner got me to look after the database and enter client addresses, phone numbers etc.  They also let me go out sometimes and take property photos and create the window displays.  I brought my first car and moved out with my first bf Dean, I earn’t $350.00 a week, it wasn’t easy, we both didn’t have much and we had a car loan each, I now just turned 18.

I finished my Administration traineeship at the real estate then left.  The owner at times was really nasty, especially when his diabetes count was not good, he snapped one day and literally threw documents and files across the room one day because he didn’t like the way I placed them on the table.  It made sense that when I started he made me use special clips in the manilla folders so the paper could never accidentally fall out.  Convenient for me with this episode of his, guess he seen it coming.  I thought to myself that one day when I’m a boss or manager I would never be like this or treat my staff in such a manner.

I then moved on to working for a local Glazing company, again in an Administration position, I asked if I could do a Cert iii in Business traineeship with them, they agreed, the lady that ran the office taught me on the job and we also had the same lady come in and check how my progress was going, I also attended TAFE once a week.   I got most my units completed, but then it got a bit complicated for my on the job trainer, I also caught her taking cash home ($$$$) and told the owner of the company, and then she decided to retire.

I moved on to a larger glazing company learning as much as I could along the way, designing glass products, liaising with clients and suppliers. I helped the owners create many spreadsheets for their pricing folder and designed books showcasing the 2nd company they were starting and aligning with a major supplier.

I spent 3 years with this company, I also started HR driving lessons to start working towards the dump truck dream, but it was so expensive.   I had a property with my parents and my brother that we rented out, then my parents divorced and we had to sell when the GFC hit, everything we invested into it was gone, we manage break even and the loan was gone, this was a long process.

I got a call from my old boss asking me to come back and he would pay me an extra $4.00 an hour, he needed my help, it was a shorter commute to work too so I took it, especially after I just been in a crash prior and my car was a wright off, I wanted to lower the risk of that happening again.

Photographing my friend for her wedding.

2 years later I decided enough was enough, I needed a big change, I was in the glazing industry, designing and creating documents, managing staff and the office long enough.  I wasn’t getting anywhere financially.  I was looking at house plans everyday and designing beautiful things for other peoples homes looking at the nice blue sky outside through the huge glass shopfronts imaging the great photos I could be taking.

I took a week off work, told them I was going on a holiday, (as if! I couldn’t afford that bringing in $600 a week, now at 25years old!) Dad paid for me to sit a Haul truck course so help start chasing the dream, it took 5 days on a limestone site.

6months later a large mining company took me in, starting on the big Komatsu trucks, then the Caterpillar watercarts and now the M16 Graders.  5 years ago I got jumped at the opportunity to join the Emergency Rescue Squad, something I NEVER even dreamed off or let alone thought I would be considered for, but I walked in there and gave it a go. 

My Rescue crew and the trucks I operate.

I’m now 33 and been there for 7years, been to a few destinations, taken photos, built a house and even turned the theatre room into a photo studio, but guess what?  I didn’t like having a photo studio.

I then felt completely lost.

So how did I come into starting a female based directory?

At the 5 year mark I started dating one of the guys at work, he got completely obsessed with me, this ended badly turning into a HR issue, having to attend phycological appointments and still receiving treatment today for injuries. 

I had 2 months off on stress leave.  I wasn’t allowed to go to back to work until my anxiety had settled and a 2nd phycologist agreed I was mentally fit to return to work.  All phycological expenses and time off paid.

Climbed the hill, there’s our camp behind me.

During this time off I attended the Perth Careers expo 2016 with my Mum, step Dad, and step brother who was 15, they were seeing what he might be interested in.

I sat down at the stage area while they did their thing and listened to the Women’s in Trade speeches, there we maybe 5 people sitting down and listening to them, I found no one was really interested, I found it great that these chicks has done an apprenticeship in a male dominated trade and went on to start their own business. 

One was a carpenter the other an electrician.

At the end they were saying how they find it hard against all the men, people don’t take them seriously or barely them a chance.

I wanted to give them a chance.

But how could I find these female tradies?

I went back to work a forgot about the directory idea, I brought a book at the airport called “Ready to Soar” by Naomi Simson the Red Shark from Shark Tank.  I used this book to distract myself, I couldn’t attend to TAFE to do more courses I wasn’t in Perth every week.  We do 12.5 hour days with terrible reception at camp so online training is a nightmare. This was all I could find at the time to get me thinking about the world of being a business owner again.

Researching

And it has paid off.

My idea came flooding back.

On my lunch break I created an advert on Gumtree looking a web-developer, he did a terrible job of the first website. 

This year we have launched the new website, reaching out to help women across Australia either professionals working for someone or starting up business from home.

We want women to be inspiring other women.

Tell them they can do it.

Tell them you believe in them.

Let them believe in themselves.

“I do not wish [Women] to have power over men; but over themselves”.  ~Mary Wollstonecraft.

Don’t ever take someones dream away from them.

The best thing I’ve learnt over the years is you don’t need a diploma to start a business. Especially when your surrounded by so many people who are willing to help.

I now have a website with Female business communities, business coaches and more…

Where there’s a will there’s a way.

~R.Bennett

That’s me

How to overcome injuries with Julie Metsola

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Julie’s journey started 18 years ago when she was in a serious car accident and hit by a drunk driver. She sustained injuries to her neck, shoulder and upper back, and is lucky to still be here. Her doctor recommended she try Yoga to help heal her injuries, she did and has since practiced yoga for the past 18 years and has no plans to stop anytime soon.

Six years ago Julie discovered her passion for training with weights when she went to see a personal trainer to even further her strength and rehabilitation. She found both of these practices helped with her injuries and both came quite easy to her, she then decided to become a qualified PT herself so that she could help other people become fit, strong, healthy and heal their injuries too.

She previously worked as a bookkeeper and after having time off to have a family decided that she didn’t want to return to this career and was going to help people instead. She has now been a fully qualified PT, Group fitness leader, Nutritional Coach and Yoga Instructor since the start of 2018.

Julie juggles her new business around her 2 children and her husbands FIFO work. “It can be hard at times, however I get a lot out of it. It’s very rewarding helping people” Julie said. Her favourite quote is “Small Changes lead to big change” which is exactly what she sees in her clients and is extremely proud of them all.

Julie teaches an over 50’s strength and Eccentric exercise class 3 times a week and has various personal training clients, she instructs occasional yoga classes and gives all her clients nutritional advice.

Julie Metsola – Mojo Fitness & Nutrician

Book Review: The $1000 Project by Canna Campbell

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What enticed me to buy this book? I wanted to know what the project is, I’m always trying to stick to a budget and I thought this book may have some tips for me to make things easier or to get a new insight.

Who would this book be good for?  Everyone and anyone wanting to improve their financial position without using their wages.

Was it easy to read?  Very simple to read, it has a nice flow.

Are there any beneficial points in the book? There are heaps, I was actually happy to find out I’ve already put some of these things into practice over the past years at times.  Also heaps of introductory information for investing in trades, which I knew nothing about.

What country is the book based in, where do they live? Sydney, Australia.

Check out her website it’s “Fully Lady Boss” SugarMamma.TV >> Click here <<

Book cost? I bought this at Singapore Airport on the way back from a holiday in Phuket, if I brought 5 books I got 1 for free, it went in hand considering I wasn’t going to have much money when I flew back home after this holiday. It was $34.99

Her website store >> Booktopia >> Click here <<

How many pages? 208 pages including the Acknowledgments, there’s even some blank pages at the rear which I think would be great if you want to make some notes and create a course of action.

Any graphics and diagrams?  There are some graphs on page 120 & 121. And a table with figures on page 126.  These are in the sharing shares section, being chapter 7, to help understand investing. Some gel branding images on front and back cover.

My favorite paragraph or quote? There are heaps of quotes or what I like to call “highlighted sentences” in this book. My favorite page 80.  “Be selective, focus on what’s really special to you, and make sure you’re only spending on things that you love”.

Other resources to get information or help? She has a YouTube channel which started before she wrote this book.

Click > Play > Listen > Subscribe >> Click here <<

Was there anything confusing? For me the Shares section, only because it’s all really new to me, but when I’m ready to purchase shares I’d do my homework first and pull this book back out and read that section again.

Does the title match the content? It definitely does.

Does the synopsis (summary) on the rear of the book match the content and title? Yes, it gives a clear insight of what’s to come, but it was different to what I was expecting.

Anything else? Frugal February- great idea! But you don’t have to do February, pick a month that is best suited to you and your lifestyle, e.g. If it’s your Birthday this month or a number of family members birthdays then I would pick a different month.

Did the book make me laugh? Not exactly, it’s more of an educational book, though there are many heartfelt stories in this one, I love the section at the back with her follower’s tragedy to triumph stories from following the project.

 

I fly in a lot of planes and work in a remote area giving me time to read, this is not a paid review, I have come across this book and many others and have been inspired to start blogging about them, especially now I have so many friends asking me for recommendations.
~R.Bennett, Founder of Fembuiz Directory

Office in a box, what’s in the box?

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This is a giveaway I do at our social business networking events valued at $65.00 I call it “Office in a box”, so what’s in the box?

-Hard plastic box, pink, blue or white/clear
-Journal A5 WTV
-Notebook softcover A5
-Notebook hardcover A5
-Index book A5
-Pink highlighter
-Fembuiz pens
-Freelancer at work vinyl sticker
-A4 display book with presentation inside.

and I’ve sometimes added more items like a stapler and hole punch because I love creating and giving away gifts.

Working FIFO and running a website business while trying to maintain a balanced lifestyle is hectic, especially when I struggle to get reception or can’t have my phone with me, I fly home and I have what feels like a never ending list of things I have to get done before flying back to work, so how do I manage?

The above office in a box comes with a presentation I have put together on different ways I use the items listed above to help me, no I don’t use the index book to keep track of phone numbers, I have a phone for that, but to find out how these items can help you run or get started on your own business, get organised or to keep you inspired, otherwise we could be going around and around on a playground like chimpanzees not knowing what to do next.

 

Having a casual lunch with one of the members, Nicola from The Pink Book Club.

 

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Hope to see you at the next event.