Things You Should Do Before The Year Is Out... - Zeena Xena

Thursday, 22 December 2016 London, UK

From taking breaks to eating whatever TF you want throughout the holidays, ya gurl has compiled a list of things you should do before the year is out. This is a collaboration post with New Look, and sadly the last post for 2016. But don't worry, I'll be back with even more insightful posts in the New Year, my first being an improved version of me. I hope you enjoy this one guys, and Merry Christmas to you all! 

[Outfit details can be found below]...

A Collaboration With New Look Focusing On Things You Should Be Doing Before The Year Is Out

1.// Have a Digital Detox 
This is the point I NEED to take into consideration. Whether you work using smart devices, use it for personal reasons or both it's always a good shout spending time away from the digital world. I spend about 12 hours total on my devices a day so you can imagine my eyes and head are in constant pain. Once Christmas is outta the way, I'm definitely going to use the last few days of 2016 to rejuvenate, if you're anything like me you should consider doing the same!

2.// Eat What You Want 
New year new you right? So the saying goes anyway haha. I mean let's face it, the festive season is all about stuffing your face relentlessly and feeling guilty some days after. But why should we have to feel guilty? If you've been on a healthy trip this year, I'd definitely say allow your mind, body and soul to be free. Of course don't over do it and eat in moderation, but allow yourself to be happy this festive season. Personally, food is my happiness so I'll be going in and exercising at the same damn time haha!

3.// Be Thankful 
It's so important to be thankful for life and all the ups and downs 2016 has brought into your life. Yes even the negatives. Think about the outcomes of negative situations... This could be, not getting a job you really wanted or letting go of toxic people. I've had both of these situations arise in 2015/2016. For the first part, the positive outcome was me chasing my dreams and working for myself. Something I always dreamed of as a young child . The latter, well let's just say I no longer have to deal with sheep in wolves clothing. I'm SO thankful!

4.// Spend Time With Loved Ones
As much as I love being alone and my own company, there's nothing like a good ol' catch up with family and friends. Before the year is out, make the effort to see those you haven't seen in a while, if this is not possible just a call or catch up message session is also good. Just show those who have played a positive role in your life, how much you care before the year ends... They deserve it!

5.// Leave The Past In The Past
I always start a new year fresh and leave all the negativity behind, because what's the point of starting the new year on a bad note? Write things that have hurt you this year on bits of paper, open them up and say what those things are, and chuck them away in the bin! Learn how to let go, move on and start the year feeling positive. Of course these negative things will always be memories, but for me I feel like this activity is a great way for me to end chapters and never re-visit them again. I've spoken about things that have hurt me in 2016 to the death of me, all my emotions are out. I feel no need to continue to do this in the new year.

Puffa Jacket - New Look [here]
Jumpsuit - New Look [here]
Shoes - New Look [here]
Choker - LaModa [use code 'ZEENAXENA' for £ off all orders here
Bag - Asos [here]

How cute is my alternative party look? It's just getting too cold these days so I've opted for an outfit that'll keep you warm during your commute to and from the club! Next day delivery is available on New Look in time for Christmas or New Year's.

As always, your comments are much welcomed and appreciated!

Lots of love! xx

Photo Credit: Nikita Nevasion

Getting Even More Motivated & Productive In 2017 - Zeena Xena

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 London, UK

How To Get Even More Motivated & Productive In 2017...

A Post About Getting In Motivated In 2017

Now don't get me wrong, I've had a pretty amazing year although it has been very challenging and draining, it's been good on a whole and I'm forever grateful. Since one of my previous posts (How Keeping Active Changed My Life Here), my productivity levels had fallen to an all time low, and it wasn't hard to realise why. I stopped taking care of myself. From exercising to eating healthily, I was lacking in the very things I needed that keep me going.

Two weeks ago I decided to make a change. I was fatigued constantly, taking naps during the day (something I rarely do and hate doing), and just couldn't afford to feel like this anymore. As you know with freelancing, opportunities do come to you but often, you have to actively go on the hunt for them yourself, spending hours drafting proposals. So I decided to write this post for those of you like me, looking for a little motivation to get hella productive in 2017...

Eat Well
Before I do anything I have a glass of water in the morning... Then If I work out, I'll have a cup of tea and some fruit to keep me going prior to an exercise. After working out, I'll then have a bowl of porridge to fuel me throughout the day, I've been loving Chia Co porridge, they do dairy-free options.

I've been cooking a lot less lately but hope to get back into meal prepping in the New Year. Eating healthy isn't cheap, but neither is taking/dining out. Preparing home-made meals not only is good for you within, but gives you a sense of achievement also. One of my goals of 2017 is to cook more, dine out less.

Work Out In The Mornings
I'll be honest I don't workout all the time but if my mood/energy levels ever stoop I know exactly what to do - get the mat out! Personally I like dance workouts because I somehow can stand 45 minutes of this instead of "Give me 50 squats". I learn well when things are super fun and interactive so if like me you hate exercising, this is a fun way to get your heart rate pumping without feeling annoyed. Some dance workouts to try:

1) Bollywood Workout - here
2) Belly Dance Workout - here
3) Twerk Workout - here
4) Zumba Workout - here

Set Weekly Calendars & Daily Tasks 
Let's face it, we need some type of organisation in life to get through the days in the week. As life get's hectic, we as individuals need to find the time to plan and prioritise what needs to be done and when. I plan my weekly calendars on a Sunday so I'm clear on what needs to be done during the upcoming week. By doing this, I'm able to see which days are less-busier so I can cram more in, which means for the days that I'm out, I don't have to worry about work as I've done it all!

Talk About Your Goals/Dreams
As cliche as it sounds, I'm a firm believer in putting things out there to the universe and them actually manifesting at some point in life. Meet up regularly with like minded people for working coffee dates and discuss things you want to achieve in the year, what you're proud of and things you need to change. Honestly on your way home you'll feel like you're ready to conquer the world... I felt like this after my recent Blogging Gals event.

"Constantly surround yourself with people who inspire you." (- Me, but somebody else probably already came up with this lol).

Follow People Who Inspire You 
You know how there's the saying "your network is your net worth", I believe it's the same thing in the people you follow and look up to. It's all good keeping up with the latest Kardashian drama and your fav funny viners, but how about those that will provide you with daily inspiration/motivation to do help reach your goals? I mean we all need to rest our minds for a bit and not take life so seriously, but there's also a part of us that needs uplifting through people that we can relate to.

Personally I like to follow influencers that I can tell work hard on their personal brands, founders of companies big or small [I love Richard Branson, I studied Travel and Tourism at uni so feel I can relate], and motivational speakers - they're the best!

Jacket - Miss Pap 
Polo Neck - Primark 
Skirt - Miss Pap
Boots - Public Desire 
Sunglasses - Ebay

Let's really get motivated in 2017! If you ever need a push make sure to come and visit my blog as I plan on doing loads of inspirational posts, or give me a tweet! 

May 2017 be the year of accomplished dreams, good health, wealth and overall success!

Much love x


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