November goals

2 months until the end of the year! It’s come round soooooo quickly!! It’s easy to slip off now, forget Goals and get distracted by Christmas ( ooooo sparkly lights) stay focused.

As always I’m writing down my goals to commit to them. Once I have done one off of each goal I colour in the number.

These are my goals in numbers:

  1. 15 Gym sessions
  2. Read 2 books
  3. 4 Mask Monday’s
  4. 2 sober weekends
  5. 8 MAs booked at work
  6. 6 pounds lost
  7. 2 charitable favours
  8. 5 Wednesday Weigh ins
  9. 8 blog posts
  10. 4 room cleans
  11. 15 instructions at work

My overall goals, is to be successful at work, loose weight, up my fitness and make sure my room is tidy and my mind is clear.

On page two, I have written myself reminders of why I wanted to do each goal in the first place. If in doubt I will refer back to my goal.

Of course lot of sticky notes and further planning in my diarys to make sure I reach my goals.

I am so ready for November, lots of exciting things planned for next year and now is the time to start prepare myself mentally and physically for the new year.

I hope you enjoyed this post! And I would love to know what you guys plan to achieve this month!

DL 💕

Work it girl!

I always find it difficult on where is best to buy my work clothes from. I am an estate agent and always need to look smart at work.

The bases of most of my outfits is to have a couple of pencil skirts and smart trousers and alternate between tops / Shirts and blaisers. I also like to wear work dresses, usually a skater style dress with tights. I swap a change between wearing dolly shoes and work heels. In the winter I always wear heeled boots.

I have put together a couple of outfits that I wear to work:

Dorothy Perkins – Polka dot, Skater dress with white collar

I love this little dress, I wear this with black tights and black heels! I got lots of compliments wearing this dress. It’s very flattering for my figure type.

Boohoo.com – grey long sleeved Peplum Top in their basic range

This cute grey top is super cheap and is in the basic boo hoo Range. It can be slightly see though but I wear a strap too under neath. I match this top with either a black pencil skirt or black smart trousers. For shoes I will either wear black dolly shoes or black heels. So simple and super comfy.

Light knit blue dress from H&M ( Bought last year)

This dress is perfect for all seasons, it’s light enough to wear in summer without tights but also great in the winter with tights.

Striped peplum from Primark

This striped peplum is super cute and again flattering for my figure type! I wear this usually with a black pencil skirt or trousers!

Floral 3/4 length sleeved top from Matalan

This top is really girly and looks really smart. My mum loved this top so much she bought herself one. It looks smart with or without a blaiser.

I hope you enjoy this post! I would love to hear your favourite places to buy work clothes!

DL 💋

Food bank

My Dad is chairman of a Food bank based in Hangleton. Every year I attempt to raise money, at Christmas time to dontate to the charity. 

I head most days from my dad about horrible situations people have been left in that leaves then without enough money to purchase dinner for them and there family. The little things we take for grant age like bread and tea bags are out of reach of people that could live on the same road as us. Food banks in general, are amazing charities that organisations as big as supermarkets and as small as someone clearing out their cupboard can donate too.

The first year I raised money by organising a office cake sale which raise just under £100. All the Your Move staff got involved by baking there own cakes and mince pies. We invited clients into our office for cake and coffee, as well as visiting all other local offices with the remaining cakes. 


The Christmas just gone, we came up with a new idea. We decided to organise a reverse advent calendar. Instead of opening a chocolate advent calendar, everyday and receive chocolate, we did the opposite. We would open a box that we made, and put something inside. 


Donations ranged from teabags to baby food. I asked my Dad what they needed he most and at the time they really needed baby stuff. Not only did the staff at Your Move donate daily, we had donations from clients, friends and contractors. Our Valuation Managers mother dontates £25, and with that we went and bought lots of baby food, baby wipes, dummies.  

The box was collected a few days before Christmas and we were overwhelmed with the amount of stuff that was collected. It was so rewarding donating that amount of stuff just before Christmas. Knowing that we made a difference to lots of families, so refreshing. 


I will continue to raise money for food banks, as I feel so passionate about what they do for local community’s. 

If you are looking for a New Years resolution this year, I challenge you to speak to your local food bank and see what you can do to help because I guarantee you it will be rewarding.

Love 

Dominique Lennon 

What I learnt in 2016

As 2016 draws to a end, I’ve taken the time to reflect on what I have learnt. The year has been full of many ups and downs. I’m excited to for 2017, with all the new things I have learnt. 

Focous on you, yourself and I

You are the only person that you have to spend your life with, every second and every breath. If you have ever watched black mirror (first series) it shows a girl living inside of her own brain and she had to control her life with a control panel. The truth is, that’s what life is about you are in control of the panel. If your not happy, then change. 

Avoid processed food, healthy food can be fun

Courtesy of Joe wicks AKA the body coach, I have learnt that processed food is a no no. If you do not know what all the ingredients are on the packet don’t eat it. I’ve also learnt that you can eat burger and chips on a diet but you make the burgers yourself from lean turkey meat and your fries are sweet potato. Eating healthy dosent have to be boring!
You can do what you want no commitment

The start of this year I moved back home with parents and I was going to save to buy a house. Avoiding going out, so I could save became boring and I realise my heart wasn’t 100% in it. Living at home, working full time with no commitments e.g. Children, meant the world is my oyster. With this in mind I decided to save to go traveling next year ! Super excited 


Going to the gym early morning is actually easy and refreshing 

Okay, so I thought it was something I couldn’t do. After going a few times, I found it easier to go early morning before work then I did going to the gym on my way home. I actually, feel very refreshed after a morning gym session and am ready to conquer the day! 


Work with higher authority rather then being scared of them 
I used to be scared of anyone in a higher position then me. My big boses would come in, and I would say hi and avoid any further conversations. This year I learnt I am more knowledgable then I know and instead of avoiding them, I should take time to talk to them and I learnt a lot. I am now at a point of my life, that when I have a good idea I have enough confidence to put it forward to someone higher and the results have paid off.

Stop being mean to my hair no more bleach 
Looking at photos from last year to now, I’ve gone from bleach blonde hair to ombré. My hair was like straw and when I would brush my hair, it would malt everywhere. Planning to go traveling helped me realise I can’t have hair like straw out there and needs to be manageable. I went ombré and had the brown matching my roots. I stopped bleaching my hair and instead had the end toned every couple of months. My hair is so much more healthy, I don’t panic about getting my roots done and I’m not worried about it when I go traveling next year. I used to straighten my hair everyday and now I only straighten or curl my hair at weekend IF I’m going out.


Granny pants are not the end of the world

This year I’ve been in and out of hospital and nothing makes me feel better then getting into bed in my granny pants with an oversized tshirt. They are much better for us girlies and when you go to the gym FYI thongs are bad for you.

Time out = mental health 

This reflects on all of the above but the main thing is balence. Yes it’s good to push yourself at work, yes push yourself st the gym, yes have a social life and see your family. Also yes, to taking a couple of hours or a Sunday out of all of the above and taking time for you. Have a bubble bath, light some candels and read a book ( hide your phone) get into some pjs paint your nails and watch a Disney film. Honestly, you will thank me. You cannot push yourself in anything, if your mental health is not okay, your brain won’t cope or fulfil its full capacity. 

Sober times with friends 

As great it is to have a good drunken night out, I’ve realised this year how important it is to do sober things with your friends. Example, on Monday night we have girls night with my besties, we cook dinner together, get in house coats ( dressing gowns) and watch Tv / do nails ect. I also have a friend ( Rosie) that I meet once a month and we go for coffee, or lunch at pompokos. It’s so important to spend this sober time with your friends. It’s allows times for bonding and time to talk properly. 

2016 has taught me a lot about myself, my true friends and family. It’s given me confidence at work, about my weight. It’s shown me I can I get through some of my worse times. I cannot wait for 2017, with everything I have learnt!

September complete 

In September I set my self goals in all aspects of my life personal, work and fitness. 

September I wanted to focous on cardio. To do this I started taking grenadine shakes at 6:30am. I would get up and drive straight to the gym. I would spend 20 mins running, 10 mins on either cross trainer or bike machine. After this I would concentrate on core work outs such as sit ups, squats and plank. I would do this 3-4 times a week. There was one week where I achieved 5 days. 


At work I set myself the goal to earn £500 commission and not let any student move ins fall through. September is usually my last month of the year for good commission, so I had to give it a big push. The student move ins where difficult and I had to be careful to send out lots of documentation so that I covered myself. My target for let’s/apps is between 8-10 and This month I achieved 11. I earned myself £690 commission. Which is over my own personal goal. 


In my personal life I wanted to spend more time with family. I spent a Saturday with my cousin and his two children at a children play cafe. I also spend most of my Sunday’s with my niece, which has been so lovely and I will continue to do this. 

  • Octobers goals 
  • Food prep
  • 8 check ins ( work) 
  • Save money and stay in more
  • Gym 3-4 times a week 

August targets 

1st of August I set myself some goals, which I posted on Instagram. Did I stick to them? 

  • Tummy and thighs

I went to the gym 3 times a week without fail all month. I managed 4 times only on one of the weeks. I focus mainly on adding the bike machine to my gym routine and spending 20 mins at the end of my session on sit ups, crunches, planks and squats. I did the bootea detox which means a tea every morning and a night tea every other night. 


Photo above was progress from first day of the month to the last day of the month. 

  • Work: let 8-10 properties 

This month I let 9 properties. I implemented simple thing such as client contact within 7 days and focuses mainly on the front end of my job. 

  • Book hotel for Thailand 

Hotel is booked for Bangkok, we went to a Thai festival so we have lots of information and a better plan. I am still to get visas though. 

August was also fulfilled with going to a two day street party for pride, having a few days off to go to the beach, friends leaving do, friends birthday party, Thai festival and a couple of date nights.

All in all I think August was a successful month and I’m looking forward to set my September goals. 

Back to life, back to reality… 

Did you like my song quote in the title?

So I’m back from holiday and I’ve got post holiday depression. You get back from holiday and reality hits you. 


I have more to do at work because I had a week off. Since being away I planned to redecorate my room and purchase new furniture to help keep my more organised. I’ve also come back to realise what dramas I have missed when being away. 

The good thing about being back is being reunited with my family and my girlies. I miss them. 

Saskia made us a lovely curry on Monday evening and we had a cute evening snuggled on her sofa. 


I think it will take me a couple of more days to recover from my post holiday depression. With a push on organisation, I should be able to get through it and possibly a night out will help. 

Estate Agent Work Life 

When I was 14, I asked my dad “can I have pocket money, all my friends get money from there parents”. 

To this he replied with a question “what do you need money for” 

I listed things I wanted  clothes, get a hair cut and hair accessories. 

A couple of days later we visited  my Dads friend, who owns an estate agent. When we arrived the owner went to make us a cup of tea / Coffee. My dad offered for me to make it instead of him. I made a strong black coffee for my dad, a tea with two sugers ( I actually used to have 3 sugers, but would never tell me dad that) and a Indian tea for the owner ( you warm up the milk in the microwave) 

  
After we finished drinking our tea the owner got up, shook my hand and said okay you can work here.

Every Saturday I would work at the estate agent. I would mainly make teas, field calls through to correct person and admin. I even got to do the inventories, in them days you walked around the properties with a recorder and typed it up when you got back to the office. 

This taught me the value of money at a young age.

A year later we moved to Brighton I went to school and six form, and had little jobs on the side.. I worked in a pub, burger van, telesales. 

After I left six form, I applied for an apprenticeship for a independent agent. 3 months into it I realised I couldn’t pay for my car, parking and insurance and get paid £400 a month. 

I emailed all the surrounding agent asking for a job and two weeks later I was working full time in an agent close to Brighton station. 
I’ve been there for almost three years now. I am now a Sales and Lettings consultant and learning to do lettings Valuations. 
  

The great thing about my job is having flexibility to be in the office doing admin or booking viewings, or to be out and about on viewings. I am also very competitive and I like to do better then everyone else. I also earn commision on properties that I let or sell which is a huge motivator. 

There is a lot of technical and legal side to estate agent and with that comes clients that don’t want to comply and then blame the agents. 

All together I love my job, I love waking  up and dressing smart to prepare myself to make some money.