5 Ways To Kick Your Rut In The Butt

Are you stuck in a rut and can’t get up? If you’re following the same mundane routine every day and no longer feel that thrill that comes with living life to its fullest, then you’ve probably unknowingly slipped in to some for of a rut.

But don’t worry. Believe it or not, it happens to the best of us! At some point we just need to pick ourselves back up and make a change for the better, that’s why we’ve come up with some simple steps to help you pull yourself up and out of that nasty rut.

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Stop stressing over what could have been

Chances are you sit at work everyday thinking about that dream job you missed out on, or that cute guy at the bar last night you were to shy to talk to. Life is full of what ifs? As fantastic as it would for us to live out our what could have been moments, we can’t. We need to step up and leave the past behind us. So you never got the promotion you wanted, so what? What’s your next step? Or plan B so to speak. Instead of dwelling over what could have been start thinking about what you’re going to do to change it. It could be as big as quitting your job, or as little as putting yourself out there with the next cute guy that buys you a drink.

Find what makes your life meaningful

We all say we hate our lives at some stage, but amongst all the hate and angst we carry around, there’s always some love and passion. Whether its people that make you happy and bring out the best in you, or a hobby or activity that you utterly enjoy, these are things you need to hold onto. Chuck your negative feelings out with the trash and focus your life around what you love. If you have one of those friends that are always bringing you down, you don’t need them! Give them the boot. Life’s about doing what we want, not wasting it on crap we don’t want or need.

Think about the big and the small

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the difference and sometimes it’s the bigger stuff, you need to consider them both. Maybe you need a weekend away to gain some perspective, or maybe you need a trip overseas to achieve this. Everyone’s different and you need to take the time to find what’s right for you.

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Step outside of your comfort zone and make a change

Yes, snuggling up on the couch with a good movie and block of chocolate does sound fantastic! But it’s not going to get you the changes you want in your life. Sometimes it’s the scary stuff that gives the best results. If you’ve let your social life slip, instead of the couch hit the town with some friends, or if clubbing’s not your thing go out for dinner or catch a movie. Try to switch things up a bit. As we said before, you don’t have to make massive changes, just work on making some small changes, especially if they’re the sorts of things you wouldn’t usually do.

Don’t expect your life to change over night

We all wish we could live in the world of movies, where after a brief montage of life changing events we have our lives exactly where we want them, but unfortunately life doesn’t work that way. Your little steps will start leading to bigger steps and eventually, with time, you will find yourself where you want to be. The most important thing to remember is to stick with it! The time it took will be worth it when you say goodbye to that stinking rut for good!


July 19, 2015

Make A Difference With Life-Changing Gifts

CAREgifts represent parts of CARE Australia’s aid programs that help women, girls and their communities to overcome poverty. Donations from the sale of each CAREgift provide support to the sector the gift is associated with – health, education, livelihoods or leadership. 

CAREgifts are the perfect gift for family, friends and colleagues for Christmas, birthdays and special occasions like Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. They range in price from $13 for a chicken to $2,500 for a village water system.

CAREgifts can work to improve the lives of women and girls in a number of ways: 

By helping send a girl to school. Girls are less likely to go to school than their brothers. However, an educated woman is more likely to have healthy babies and send them to school, breaking the cycle of poverty.

By providing access to savings and credit so that women can start a small business and improve the lives of their families. In most parts of the world, men find it easier to get credit than women.

By providing clean water close to home so women and girls don’t have to spend hours every day walking to collect water and can instead go to school or earn an income.

By providing chickens and goats, which can provide families with nutritious eggs and milk to eat, drink and sell.

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September 27, 2014

Broken all your new years resolutions by now?

Are your New Year’s Resolutions a half-arsed list of little things you think you need to keep in check? 1) Eat less chocolate. 2) Try not to watch so much TV. You know what I mean. Not exactly life-changing stuff.

What about the big things? Taking risks is scary. Perhaps that’s why our resolutions focus on the small, short-term stuff.

Make a resolution to make 2004 a year to be pro-active and brings about change in your life. Challenge old assumptions, routines and behaviours. Here’s a list of ten things to inspire you to take a risk or two.

  • LeaveIt’s as simple as that. The no-future boyfriend. The dead-end job. The depressing share house. Whatever. If you’re unhappy with one of the three key areas of your life (or more than one, heaven help you!) you know it’s time for a change. Be brave. Know that it can only be better than where you are now. Do it!
  • Chill outDrop out for a few days – a weekend is good, but longer is better. Don’t go to work. Don’t even think about work. Spend the time with no TV, stereo, telephone. Live simply, quietly and enjoy. The person that emerges when the white noise of life’s distractions fades away will be the better for it.
  • Push itSki down a black diamond run this snow season. Try scuba diving or sky diving or any other thrill seeking activity. Sure you might end up with a few bruises, and need a change of underwear, but hey, you’ll learn something new about your limits. And you might just surprise yourself!
  • Out with the oldSentimental baggage is heavy, and so last season. Make a point of having a clear out at least once a year. Be ruthless. Do you really need a box of old movie tickets and Christmas cards from 1987? Love letters from what’s-his-name? You get the picture. Just think, while you’re hanging onto all this old stuff, there’s no room for good new stuff to come into your life. See?
January 14, 2003