#motivationmonday Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert was once an "unpublished diner waitress," devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple -- though hard -- way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.

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November | Wish List

Sorry i missed a month guys! things have been so hectic at home with the renovating and switching to a new department at work. It can only get better right? yeah yeah!

My wishes this month are

1. For mangoes to be more affordable!
i went to the fruit and veggie markets last weekend and a box of mangoes was seriously $44.

2. Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Estes

"If you say how lovely she is, or how beautiful her art is, or compliment anything else her soul took part in, inspired, or suffused, something in her mind says she is undeserving and you, the complimentor, are an idiot for thinking such a thing to begin with. Rather than understand that the beauty of her soul shines through when she is being herself, the woman changes the subject and effectively snatches nourishment away from the soul-self, which thrives on being acknowledged"

3. A new tattoo.
 This one is probably not going to happen this month but i have some really cute idea for the future that i'm just not ready to share with you all yet! BUT i'm planning!

Mine Tan Review

I have been getting quite a few emails asking me what tanning products i use. Since i'm so pale and don't live near the beach at all i have to tan in my back yard or down at the river for weeks on end to get even the slightest bit of a tan. When i'm in need of a quick fix i'll usually jump straight to Mine Tan purely because it's quick and easy, doesn't stain anything and it's so affordable! use my discount MAD20 for 20% off your order! yay

October | Best Purchase

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The incredible writer of the now famous Eat Pray Love -  Elizabeth Gilbert shares quotes from her upcoming book, Big Magic, on her Instagram and Facebook accounts — and they are just too good not to share. I've read it a few times already now and i've had it less then a week, i just couldn't put it down. Each time i read it i pick up more and more from it that i didn't see the first time. And as Gilbert writes in Big Magic, "If you're alive, you're a creative person."

I purchased this book on the last day of October and it's by far the best money i've spent in a long time. Some of the quotes are just incredible.

"Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy."

Go out and get your little hands on this life changing read!!

My Thoughs on Essena O'neill Quitting Social Media

Well this was interesting to watch. In my option - Essena is a young girl who makes her decisions on her emotions - like all teenage girls. I remember feeling like what Essena says she feels and i wasn't Instagram famous. Responding to her feelings like this has caused a lot of drama and Essena losing a lot of friends and potentially burning bridges with businesses and companies in the processes. I wouldn't want to hire her after she said those things about other companies online.

Her follower count on instagram has skyrocked to nearly 1 million followers before i'm pretty sure being removed completely today. I just went to double check the followers to not be able to find it at all. Could this be a marketing tool to rebrand herself and gain more fame and publicity? if it was, it worked!

The pressure of being Instafamous was just too much for her and unfortunately she didn't have a wonderful support network to help her get through this point in her life.

It's awful that Essena has now put herself in a position where she is asking for money because her sole income was social media and now she can't afford her rent. I would think that if Essena was getting offered $1,000 for a photo on instagram she would have saved a lot of money to save for the future. But i guess when i was 19 saving money was the last thing on my mind.

 I appreciated her photos because they were beautiful. 

One of the things that stands out to me the most is Essena created a set plan and gave it out online for girls to get fit when she first started to grow bigger online - i'm fairly certain i have a print out hidden somewhere in my room of it too, but now it turns out that she wasn't following it herself to look like that and she was staying that fit looking by using unhealthy measures! that makes me feel heaps better that i worked my ass off using the healthy method for it not to work! That it just wasn't possible for me to look like that without a full time gym membership, calorie restrictions and no sugar ever. She's the one who created the fake online persona when all Essena was saying is that she is sharing herself online - no she was sharing her persona that she created for more publicity. 

I love social media, i love using it and uploading photos and seeing what everyone else is up to. I love being connected to the world using social media.  I don't let it control my life and it's my hobby - i spend my free time checking it out because i enjoy it! some days i really feel like giving up purely because it is a lot of hard work that goes into composing my photos and blog posts, i've not touched my blog in weeks because it was late at night and i would rather cuddle my boyfriend. I'll always remember that my life is real and social media is just that, social media. I've never believed that it was all real ever, my parents taught me better then that.

Daniel Wellington Watch Review

 I wanted to introduce everyone reading to my new favourite thing. My new Daniel Wellington watch.

It's a beautiful elegant watch that's silent and stylish. My favourite things! Spoil yourself and order yourself one for Christmas and get 15% off your order using my code madalyn.mitchell at checkout.

I was given the Classic St Mawes Lady watch which retails at $279.00.

It features a leather band Colour: Brown 

Ringcolour: Rose gold/Silver - mine is rose gold

 Clock-face: Eggshell white 

Clockwork: Quartz Japan citizen 1L22 movement. 

Size(diameter): 36 mm 

Height of casing: 6 mm 

Water resistant 3ATM avoid all contact with water 

and the strap is interchangeable what more could you want?

 What do you guys think? love it or nah?