Do you ever feel that there is something holding you back in your relationship, your career, your dreams and your aspirations? More than likely it’s yourself. So today I just first of all want to tell you to “get out of your way”.

So many times in our relationships we can find ourselves getting in our own way. We know exactly what we want and we know what we don’t want, but we are constantly over thinking and over analyzing our journey of how to get there, and as a result we are putting ourselves in our own way. Normally this is because of fear, it could be that we are afraid of being hurt again or we are afraid of being rejected or we are simply afraid that our insecurities will be exposed. I could write a whole blog about our insecurities and what they are and why we fear particular things or I could write a whole blog on the pressure that society puts on us to perform and look a particular way but what I would like to do is for us to move out of our own way and move forward. So I’m going to get you to ask yourself three questions and then ask yourself how are they affecting these three key areas in your life.

-Your Relationships

-Your Career

-Your Dreams

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1- What do I really want?

2- Am I doing everything in my power to achieve it?

3- Is what I am doing now taking me closer to what I want?

If you have answered these three questions honestly, this should begin to bring some clarity to your circumstances and situations and also allow you to be able to clearly decide what you need to do next. I encourage you to write these answers down on a piece of paper or journal it and revisit your answers once a week for one month. This will put a burning desire within you to drive you towards what you want or a burning desire to want to change your situation.

If you feel comfortable share your answers below.
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The 7 most important things you will find in relationships. Relationships can be absolutely amazing when love and respect is shown daily. They certainly have their ups and downs, they have their hardships and rewards (there’s no sugar coating it) but mostly; together, you are a team. If you come at it that way, you can overcome most things that life will throw at you. 

1. Commitment. Along with good times in relationships, also come some hard times. It’s two people that have come together to share their lives. You have to remember to respect each other’s differences. That goes for opinions right through to hobbies. It will not, and cannot always be smooth sailings, but it’s the way you come through it and handle it together as a team that matters. 

2. Communication, Honesty and Trust. I believe these to be the three biggest and strongest foundations of any good relationship. You need to feel comfortable speaking up about things that are important (listen to your heart), and you should make your partner feel the same. That goes for the good stuff too, if you feel it, say it. You need to instill trust in your partner, that’s why you have committed to dating them, and that goes both ways.  These three key foundations should help eliminate insecurities, obsessing, analysing and over-thinking. 

3. Show appreciation. Be open, giving and showing kindness. Don’t expect everything, (it’s really amazing when your partner does something romantic or kind for you) but you should never come from a place of expecting it. Think about them also, do romantic and nice things for them also. It’s not all about you, like it’s not all about them either.  You need to look after your partner and care for them, and choose someone that does the same for you. Be interested in what they like, want, their dreams, plans, goals etc. 

4. Humour. Make each other laugh. It is so amazing and important to have good laughs with your partner. Everyone loves a bit of banter.

5. Misdirect emotions, thoughts and past occurences. Don’t take past relationships that didn’t work out, out on your partner. We have all been hurt and have learnt lessons from our experiences, but if something is triggered in you be honest with your partner, it is not entirely their fault, it’s something you need to overcome. Speaking about it together can help, but know that you can’t stew over it or blame them. 

6. Understanding. Put yourself in your partner’s shoes, often. If you have done something your partner isn’t happy about, roll reverse in your mind. If your partner did that to you, how would you feel? (Honestly).. that sheds some pretty darn good light on the situation and will make you clearer on how to handle it. 

7. Independence. You have a life outside of your relationship, just as you have a life outside of your work. Make time for your friends, families, social events, work events, hobbies, dreams etc. Surely your partner can be invited whenever and wherever but ensure you never lose sight of what ELSE is important in your world.

Rose. P


We spoke to the stunning Jane Lu, Founder & CEO of Showpo. We asked her our famous question and here’s what she said.

“Women’s expectations have undoubtedly been lifted by romcoms. So sending flowers and chocolates won’t cut it. It’s all about the big gestures. These days, if you want to make a lasting impression, if you want to give her something to show off to her friends and on social media, you’ve gotta go above and beyond. Sorry boys, but it’s true!”

If you want to find out more about Jane Lu and or Showpo, check out the links below.

https://instagram.com/thelazyceo/

http://www.showpo.com/

https://www.facebook.com/iloveshowpo

https://instagram.com/iloveshowpo

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We spoke to sweetheart Jaynie Johnson from Blacklist Store and asked her our famous question.

Here’s what she said:

“I think women want someone who can read their mind, and know exactly what we need and when we need it. Until you find yourself a crystal ball… kindness, authenticity, humour and holding hands ought to do the trick.”

Want to know more about Jayine and the Blacklist Store?

http://www.blackliststore.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/blackliststoreau

https://instagram.com/blackliststudio/

 


We spoke to the amazing Nicole Benton & Danielle Benton from When Words Fail. We asked them our famous question and here’s what they had to say.

“Woman want to be healthy, confident and successful in everything they do. They want to be respected and loved. In the ‘fashion world’, (something we face every day) woman want to be comfortable in their own skin. They want to be able to buy affordable yet stylish clothes to make them feel beautiful.”

 

If you want to find out more about the girls, check them out at:

http://www.whenwordsfail.co/

https://www.facebook.com/whenwordsfailfashionblog

https://instagram.com/whenwordsfail_/


In tribute to Paul Walker we thought we would share with you a romance that every man has.

A Man & His Car.

Here are all of Brian O’Connor’s cars from The Fast and Furious franchise.

 

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1- 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS

The FBI built car that was destroyed by Johny Tran. the-fast-and-the-furious-eclipse-actkrgpv

 

2- 1999 Ford F-150 Lighting Edition

The Truck Brian drove to look tough in front of Mia at the sandwich shop. “Tuna on white, no crust.”FordF150

3- 1995 Toyota Supra

The car that started the bromance, between Brian and Dom.

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4- 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34

The car that made everyone want neon lights.

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5- 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII

Where the stare and drive was invented.

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6- 1969 Chevrolet Camaro (Yenko SYC Edition)

The car that Brian won in a race, then launched it into a boat.

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7- 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34

The return of the GT-R.

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8- 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Dom repaying the debt of a ‘ten second car’.

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9- 1970 Dodge Charger R/T

Driving Dom’s car as his own, to break him out of prison. (Or just a prison bus.)

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10- 1971 Nissan Skyline C10 GT-R

Brian showing his loyalty to his GT-R

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11- 2010 Dodge Charger SRT8

The bromance continues between Dom and Brian with matching Police cars.

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12- 2010 Nissan GT-R

Bromance going strong with another long scenic drive together.

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13- 2010 BMW M5 E60

When in Europe, drive what the Europeans drive.

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14- 1970 Ford Escort MK1

Ford vs Tank

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15- 2010 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Brian trying out some Italian engineering.

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16- 2012 Nissan GT-R

The GT-R is back!

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17- 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Rexy to the rescue.

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18- McLaren MP4-12C

Because when you’re in Dubai you can’t be seen driving a GT-R.

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19- 2014 Nissan GT-R

One more GT-R

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20- Toyota Supra MK4

The final drive :(

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A gentleman uses his words to inspire and build. A foolish man or a jerk uses words to deject and destroy. A gentleman’s character inspires people to be the best version of themselves. A jerk’s character provokes people to do the exact opposite.

Gentleman VS Jerk.

These are both extremes and it is most likely that most men, at least the human, imperfect ones, find themselves balanced with room to grow. This isn’t a hopeless label, but a distinction based on behaviour that provides a platform for men to grow into the men they are and not shadows of themselves.

Generally, a jerk is obvious. His mannerisms, words and behaviours are his tells. When people encounter him, normally, they don’t leave with positive vibes. Most of the time, he is dealing with issues in his life, he hasn’t yet solved. This creates baggage and since life stops for no one, he finds himself rubbing off on the people closest to him. He tends to be toxic to be around. Usually, regardless of the mask he puts on, a jerk gives off the impression that his world is shaped by the walls built around him.

There are five tells that you’ve met (or you are) a jerk: 

1. Inconsiderate: Insensitive, careless, rude, impolite, tactless

2. Critical: Fault-finding, demeaning, derogatory, withering, belittling

3. Narcissistic: Conceited, egotistical, vain, self-absorbed, stuck-up

4. Dishonest: Deceptive, cunning, elusive, fraudulent, shady

5. Lazy: Inactive, sluggish, lethargic, slothful, unready

Now, the amazing thing is that one doesn’t have to stay stuck in this category. It is a label. The beautiful thing about labels is they aren’t permanent. They can be peeled off. A gentleman is an old term that describes men who carry themselves with dignity and honour, then pass that on to the people, especially the women, they encounter.

There are five character traits of many, that reveal you’re moving in the right direction. A gentleman is:

1. Wise: Aware, intelligent, insightful, informed, knowing

2. Honest: Candid, authentic, real, truthful, sincere

3. Intentional: Deliberate, designed, purposed, studied, wilful

4. Generous: Friendly, gentle, gracious, loving, understanding

5. Brave: Courageous, heroic, bold, valiant, daring

In relationships, a man is proven to be untrustworthy if he cannot hold his word, protect the woman he is with or take a stand for what he truly believes. A gentleman is not simply a man wearing three-piece suits, has a well-groomed moustache, wears a top hats and dapper shoes. He is a man who knows he is a man. He knows that his manhood means something. He knows his presence is weighty. He isn’t a slave to societal pressures, expectations or perspectives. He is empowered by his strengths and propelled by his weaknesses. He is beautiful. He is dashing. He is a gentleman.

This goes beyond holding the door open or pulling out the chair. A gentleman adds a rich quality of life to everyone he encounters. He is never forgotten.
Eniola. A

 

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We had a chat to the gorgeous Nicole Lucas, Junior Fashion Editor at Cosmopolitan Australia and asked her our famous question. Here’s what she said.

“I want to feel empowered and independent, feel loved and be treated like I’m irreplaceable, but I also don’t want men to feel intimated by my career or the strong character that I have. Most of all, I want to be respected. I’m very career driven and for women like me who focus a big part of their life on being successful there is a lot of pressure to settle down and have kids, which is an end goal, but as I get older I’m starting to realize I want it all, but there is no need to rush. Lastly, as women we want to be treated equally, in relationships, single life, just general life I guess, but most of all with wages. So it’s fair to say what I want as a woman is not that simple. BUT I’m a complicated one and I’m sure there are a few more out there who want more than what society tells us to be. :)”

If you want to find out more about Nicole’s skills when it comes to fashion, check her out at:

http://www.nicolelucasstyleblog.com/

https://instagram.com/nicolelucasstylist


We had a chat to the Serotonin Dealer, Emily Hazell and asked her our famous question, this was her cheeky response.

“Women want the truth, they want real-ness, they want compassion, connection, old fashion romance, forward thinking, love notes, the little things and not just ‘the one thing’.”

If you want to find out more about Emily’s recipe for happiness, check her out here:

http://serotoninkitchen.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Serotonin-eatery-exercise-education/

https://twitter.com/serotonindealer

https://instagram.com/serotonindealer/

 

 


This week we spoke to all round boss lady Zoi Safiya Vafias from Studio Agency and asked her our famous question, here’s what she told us.

“Women want respect & a partner who not only leads but will also let her lead depending on which song in life they are dancing to. They also want to love & be loved in return. Intensely & unapologetically.”

To find out more about Zoi and her boss ways, check her out at:

http://www.studioagency.com.au/