monday motivation – perfection?

 monday motivation to ease you into your week!

Do you get a churning, worried feeling in your tummy when everything is not perfect or do you go-with-the-flow? Or, have you always wanted everything to be perfect but realised as you got older (especially after kids) it really does not matter? I love some things to be ‘perfect’, others I let go. I have learnt over time that there is no need to worry about ‘being perfect’ as life in fact is still wonderful…tho a little more messy and unorganised but c’est la vie!  

Here are 5 reasons why I think being perfect is underrated:

1. Takes your focus away from the things that really matter. Doing things perfectly means you could be missing out on what counts.

2. Striving for perfection takes time. Which means you’ll only do 10% of the things you want to do.  Pareto’s 80/20 principal rules! It means that in anything a few (20 percent) are vital and many (80 percent) are trivial. #striveforprogressnotperfection

3. Collaboration or working in a team + perfection really don’t mix.  Have you ever tried to work with other people on something and demanded things to be “perfect”?  If you did, chances are  you’re not going to fair well with others and the project won’t get off the ground.

4. Failing fast can be worthwhile. If you’re striving to be perfect, you could fail when it’s too late to change anything, not to mention running out of time or money to turn it around or try again.  

5. Perfectionists tend to have higher blood pressure, are anxious, and can suffer mental health problems.  Relaxation, meditation, and time-out are rare for people who always push to make everything perfect. 

Who wants to live a life with higher stress levels?

Don’t have a perfect week. Have a wonderful week!

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I stumbled across this quote and could not resist adding it a little later in the day….

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monday motivation – the art of simplicity

Monday Motivation today is about Mastering the Art of Simplicity. 

Do you feel that you can’t get on top things no matter how big or small the task or matter at hand is – whether it is your private life or work life?

I have learned that letting go is a continuous, active process. It takes a degree of discipline to get rid of STUFF! The default assumption is that we want to be continually interrupted and / or  we continually desire to acquire new things.

I think of stuff as clutter that blocks my view on life.

The art of simplicity helps you to have a clear mind to focus with little effort on what is truly important.

Do you love more or less? Fog or clarity? I know what I prefer. (and it mimics my minimal makeup routine too!)

Have a simply inspiring week!

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monday motivation – beautiful inside & out

 Beauty is more than skin deep. It is about the whole you.

Be bold enough to follow your dreams, believe in yourself and bare your confidence.  This is what truly beautiful women do.

Try to make under not make up, take the time to nourish your body inside & out with clean, simple foods and see how you will glow.

Unplug and smell the roses (if they were in season!) – get creative to switch off and learn to live in balance.

This month I really want you to try and use less makeup and bodycare products. Whether it be ditching your traditional foundation or swapping to 100% Pure makeup. I’d love you to get in touch with how you feel with less (of everything!). Let me know how you go.

I hope you are surprised because barefaced beauties don’t ask for attention…… you just get it and with it comes a massive boost of self worth!

Be a natural beauty. x

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Monday Inspirational Quote – positive thoughts

Do you stop to think about why some peoples face really lights up? What is it that makes them ‘look lovely’ as Ronald Dahl – British novelist and  short story writer says in his infamous quote.

“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

Channeling a positive mind to maintain a positive outlook on life is the most effective way to be radiant and ‘light up’ a room when you are present.

Thoughts are the power to creating your reality. Life really is about viewing the glass half full or half empty. Honesty – take note of how different you feel about yourself and how much energy you exude when you have a ‘defeatist’ mindset and how fabulous you feel when you ‘have good thoughts’ and things work out. 

So, this week I really want you to remember to take care of your mental state through rest, relaxation and mediation….not mention eating well and focussing on what is important!

Enjoy and think +ve

Cindy x



Monday Motivation Quotes – when life gives you lemons….

Sydney dished up stunning weather on the weekend, so much so it inspired me to pick the plump ripe and not-so-perfect but delicious lemons on our tree.

It is the first time in 15 years that we have a crop of fruit, so that called for a special treat: cooking them every which way I could. Our pantry is now packed with lemon curd, marmalade, cordial (it’s for my 5 year old’s upcoming party), glazed zest (great for topping cakes or natural yoghurt) and preserved (salted) lemons for winter tagines and ‘spicing up’ quinoa.

Winter is the time for lemons and many other citrus fruit, their high vitamin C content is known to boost your immune system and in the Beauty Kitchen we love it for fighting wrinkles! Vitamin C is:

  1. Co-factor for making collagen and elastin – those 2 proteins essential for providing the structure of your skin so it can stay plump, smooth and toned.
  2. Powerful antioxidant – prevents the formation of free radicals that damage the skin and cause inflammation.
  3. And, it is excellent for breaking the cycle of acne / psoriasis conditions.

That’s my excuse for always having a jar of home made lemon curd on hand. By the way it has a quarter of the sugar content of jam making it a better choice as a toast topping if you crave sour dough for your weekend brunch.

So …

“When life gives you lemons, make lemon curd’

Have a fabulous week. x


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A massive batch of lemon marmalade in recycled jars. Who wants some? x


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Monday Motivation – a clean start

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

A clean start, a new beginning. Does the feeling of trying something new give you a little spine shiver? Do you love embarking on new projects, going to new places or embracing new concepts?

Clean eating, clean beauty and clean living tho not all new ways are relatively new terms in Australia. CLEAN is about taking care of your self with the food you eat, the products you apply to your skin and the home and environment you live. Clean = as it is, nothing added, nothing stripped away.

This month at luk we explore clean. You may have seen the words pop up at the beginning of the year when I tweaked our website layout. The first time I saw the term “CLEAN FOOD” & “CLEAN EATING” was when I met Terry Walters (author and clean food advocate)  in NYC at BlogHer in August 2012. Ever since then I have had that little shiver, that feeling you get when you have ‘found’ what speaks to you.

So, here are 3 things to help you to cultivate a clean start: 

1. You are NEVER TOO BUSY to start afresh.

Although you always seem too busy, pause for a moment  and see if you can  start or achieve something new. Whether you’re in your 20’s, just had a baby or are flat out at work, being too busy is never an excuse.

2. Keep it Clean. KEEP IT SIMPLE.

I think this is why I love the concept of clean. It strips back ‘life’ to the most simple lowest common denominator. Do you feel things get too complicated and you loose perspective. Get back to basics, keep it clean so you can just…… start.


I don’t mean that you do everything everyone asks of you (I am huge believer in being strong enough to say NO and not take on what you really don’t want to)  but I am saying in new situations, when there is a better way, don’t be scared to say NO. Just try it….!

Together, let’s embrace this new CLEAN term with a decision to try – and reach beyond your own backyard! See change in you and your family in the way you live, motivate those around to make a clean start no matter how small.

Start clean this week and enjoy what we share on our blog about Clean Eating & Clean Living!

Have a fabulous day.

Cindy x

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Clean Beauty begins with a natural lipstick made with edible foods. Why not try our Lime & Ginger Lip Nourish?

Clean Beauty begins with  natural lipstick made from edible foods. Why not try our Lime & Ginger Lip Nourish?

inspirational quote - change in you

monday motivation quote | change you not the world

Good morning, today’s monday motivation quote is about change – not in the world but in you.

I can’t change the world but I can change the world in me

– Bono

Isn’t this a lovely quote? It is so true and it puts what ever you are doing or struggling with in perspective. Everyone is in their own driving seat  – how you look, how you feel, what you do.

We are the only ones that can achieve what we desire. When that seems too daunting think about this quote, and how hard it would be to change or impact the world. And so many wonderful and everyday people do.

When I apply this inspirational quote to our 3 day Beauty Detox that rolls out from today it really becomes apparent that it can be easy for you to try and then adopt many of the healthier and more natural ways in your every day life. Detox your whole body …inside and out by changing your habits: what you eat, the products you use on your skin and how you nurture your body & soul.

I hope you can make a change, no matter how small, in you.

Have a delicious detox week.

Cindy x


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monday morning motivation | fill your heart

Today’s inspirational quote for monday morning motivation is

So fill your heart with what is important and be done with all the rest!

I am loving this inspiration, especially after I sit down to write this post after a day of  ‘getting organised’ so I CAN fill my heart with what is important this week……lük affiliates programme rollout + Christmas Collection.

The Beauty Food Bar at Balmoral Boatshed last week was such a thrill. It pushed me, it challenged me and I seriously thought we’d run out of time to pull it together but we did what was important and were ‘done with the rest’….and no one was ever the wiser! (except those who heard that salmon buckwheat pancakes + chia seed pudding were only served on night 2!)

But in all seriousness, doing what you love and keeping your self on track (which is a massive effort in itself) is a fabulous skill to learn and a way of life to embrace.

Have a delicious week and look out for lots of inspiring posts this week.

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