Thursday, 25 September 2014

It's All About the Vision

And the why. It's all about the vision and the why.

When you have a strong enough why, you'll stop at nothing to attain it. When your vision is so clear in your mind, no setbacks will hold you back. We've had to detour time after time, make a step forward and take two back but we're still on track. Because we have a strong enough vision and why. It's what keeps us going.

Have integrity in life. No bullshitting, no backstabbing, no gossiping!

In the previous post, we mentioned our why. That goal that we're striving towards and saying no to mediocrity for. And after one long year, maybe you could even call it a lifetime of searching for the perfect way to achieve our WHY, we've finally found it! In the past two months, Marinda Leigh has been so excited because we finally see our dreams coming to life.

It wasn't an easy journey. True to form, we started up businesses that failed, we worked and worked and worked to no avail, we were doing everything but at the same time, nothing. We've been through some pretty shit bad times. We've lost friends because they don't understand what we're doing, why we can't be "normal" and get a "normal job". They've looked down on us, they've talked about us behind our backs and they've judged us. We've come across some pretty unsavoury characters, people who have taken advantage of us, who have threatened to make our lives miserable and can only resonate hateful energy.

But we've also come across some really amazing people. And these people are the ones that we want to thank every day because they have given us so much support. When we were nothing but two girls at the beginning of our journey, in the pits with nothing to show, we've had hands extended to us and hearts opened to us.

And finally, it's all starting to work out. By no means does that mean we've made it but we can finally feel like we're going uphills again. Something shifted in the past couple of weeks, but mountains moved in the past couple of days and the weighted burdens of fear and doubt have lifted and it allows for greater things to come into our lives.

No words can ever describe the feeling I have in my chest but if I were forced to describe it, I would say I'm full of love. Love for life, love for the people around me and love for all the experiences we've been through, good and bad.

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Marinda Leigh's Year of Self Development Part II

What has been driving us for the past year? In the previous post on self development, we attributed the start to the "dog guy" who really compelled us to seriously look at ourselves and our social skills. But it goes so much deeper than that. It really is a story that goes back 15 years.

We've grown up together from primary school to high school, to going to uni together. I guess when you spend so much time together, you influence each other as you share your dreams and aspirations. Somehow, over the years as we grew up together, our dreams just melded into one and now we both have such a strong vision that we're working towards.

All our lives, we've wanted more. More than the average 9-5 life. More than to settle for mediocrity. More than to say yes to a mortgage and to be tied down to a job that we hate for the next forty years of our lives. Everyday, we would talk about the day when we could live a financially free life, travelling the world, enjoying fine food and sipping champagne on a yacht. This was our why. As vapid and superficial as it is, this was it.

But that's the back story. The real story begins when we said, enough is enough and took matters into our own hands and quit our stable jobs at a huge international oil and gas company. Especially at a time when it so difficult for people our age to land a secure job, it was a huge decision we had to make. We were looking for something, a way out of a mediocre life and a way in to our dream lives. I can say now, looking back, that it was a brave thing to do. So, so brave.

Top 5 for entrepreneurs

What defines entrepreneurs to me, the spirit, the drive, think outside the box, dare to dream as big as possible

1. Successful people are not smarter, more talented, they just want it more. Have a compelling and inspiring why

“The Man who says he can, and the man who says he can not.. Are both correct”

“Cherish your vision and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”
Napoleon Hill

“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”
Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich 

“When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.”
Napoleon Hill

“Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do. More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them.”
Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich 

“As I said, I wish I could say it was easy. It wasn't, but it wasn't hard either. But without a strong reason or purpose, anything in life is hard. ”
Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad 

2. Law of attraction, desire

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice 

3. Fail fast, don't suffer from analysis paralysis - make decisions quickly, rarely change

“Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.”
Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad 

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
Napoleon Hill

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

4. Success leaves clues, don't re-invent the wheel

5. Network, surrounded yourself with like minded people. Find the gatekeepers, mentors


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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Marinda Leigh's Year of Self Development

We've spent the last year on so much self development that we've probably become maybe a bit too obsessive. From courses to gravitating towards successful entrepreneurs to constant reading and learning, it fills our days up! But really, can one get too obsessive when it comes to self development?

Marinda has always been an entrepreneur at heart, starting her small side businesses from a young age, trying this and that, learning from "failures" and emerging from the ashes. We consider that self development as well. You can't succeed without going through a few road blocks and bumps in life. She always knew that she could never work for anyone else. It's her way or the highway.

Leigh has always been something of a social "rebel", never really settled on the idea of being settled like everyone else. From living overseas to floating from one job to another (or no job at all because she's above all that), self discovery and development has always been the driver of every decision and move.

We've gone through a lot over the past eight months since quitting our jobs. But it all started over a year ago, on the day that we decided we needed to do something different. And we look back on that day every once in a while and thank the "dog guy" that we met in the park.

It was a public holiday and we were walking our dogs and decided to settle on a bench for a good session of gossip. Halfway through our conversation, along came a very cute guy walking his doberman who stopped and had a little chat with us. Now, you have to understand that we always thought of ourselves as social creatures. We partied, we had heaps of friends, we're just sociable people in general! Or so we thought!

But when this guy started talking to us, we were so unbelievably awkward that he eventually, very awkwardly made his way. It's not that we didn't want to talk to him or that we snobbed him... It truly was the fact that we didn't know what to say to this guy and despite all his efforts, the most he could eke out of us were a few words at a time! We were both, literally, socially awkward.

And from the moment he walked away, we started to question ourselves. Like, truly question ourselves and who we thought we were versus who we really were. Were we really sociable people? Were we really open to speaking to and connecting with anyone and everyone? We thought not.

And so began our obsessive search and journey to self development. Thank you, "dog guy". If I see him again, I would tell him the story and really thank him for all that we've gone through over the past year because of him. He really was the catalyst.

Stay tuned for Part II as there's so much more than just the "dog guy" in this story!


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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Lost Souls Claremont

Had an absolute blast at the Lost Souls boutique at Times Square Claremont last week! Lost Souls is a designer boutique - home to amazing local and international labels such as - Zhivago, Jonte, Minty Meets Munt and soo much more!  

Enjoy these outfits styled by yours truly! It was interesting that I naturally gravitated towards Jonte and Minty Meets Munt! And ladies, so many amazing pieces are on sale!! Go check it out asap before all the good pieces are snatched up!! x Amazing snaps by the talented Fifi from Fifi's Model Academy

Look #1
Top & Kimono:Jonte
Pants: Supertrash
Heels: Taylor Says

Totally in love with every piece from this look! Really love the material of the top and it just sits so nicely. Scroll down for a picture of the amazing red soles of the Taylor says shoes. The Jonte Relic Kimono is such an unique piece and will spice up any casual outfit!