Shopping with a 2 year old…

So this morning I took Jack with me to do a few jobs up town and left Harry with Andrew as he is on holidays to make things a little easier on myself – how wrong was I! First we went to Woolies to get some more nappies for Jack and some baby wipes, “mummy ball” okay mate you can have a ball because you’re being so good. Next stop was toy world, we had to pick out a new helmet for Jack so I can take him riding (on his push bike) on the path that leads through town in the afternoons. He wanted a pink helmet so I said okay let’s get it, then he decided he didn’t want a pink and had to try on every helmet in the shop. He ended up deciding on Thomas the Tank engine – okay good let’s go. Next door to sports power to get mummy gloves for training, surprisingly he was so good up until that point that I thought I yeah I got this…

Back in the car and the next stop was target to get a new pair of shoes and as soon as we walked through the door there appeared a miniature Satan ready to rule the world. We went down to pick a new pair of shoes and something that should have taken 5 minutes took about 15, at that point I started using the threat “okay we’re not going to Karen’s for coffee.” Usually that gets his attention because he just loves Karen and the girls at JK’s deli.

Then we walked out of target and he couldn’t just walk beside me, nooo that was too hard – he had to roll down the bloody ramp. Then I opened the car okay Jack hop in the car hop in your seat so we can go for a coffee Karen’s. Yang Karen’s. We got across the road and I was parking as he started bawling his eyes out… What’s wrong mate I asked them, “I just want to go home.” Damn I was really looking forward to a double shot iced coffee with a shot of vanilla and as my third morning coffee fix for the day (yes some may say I am addicted to coffee).

It’s different going from this person who had to literally bring herself back from death to having all these big goals of taking on the world and trying not to spread myself too thin across the board and making sure everything is done to the highest standard. Only being one person trying to build a brand is probably the hardest job I have ever taken on in my life – I’m not saying I’m giving up I’m just saying I’m tired. I have a massive to-do list every day with probably three jobs that I have to do for Aquo and the rest are jobs to do around the house all jobs up town.

I’m trying to figure out my why, and trying to be the change I wish to see in the world. And on my wall as I’m writing this I look up and read – heavenly Father, you know every decision I need to make in every challenge I face. Please forgive me for the times that I try to figure this life out on my own. I need you. I need your Holy Spirit to give me strength, with some, and direction. Amen. As I read this I realize that what I’m doing at the turtle speed I’m doing it at is enough. I don’t need to try any harder, everything will happen for me at the right moment all I have to do is keep myself focused as well as organised and everything will eventually fall into place.

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.‘ – Mary Anne Radmacher

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. – Robert Collier

Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength. – Theodore Roosevelt

As I’m writing this I feel that close to a breakthrough it’s not funny! – and remember when things got tough, all the greatest people in this world all have one thing in common – THEY NEVER GAVE UP! I WILL NEVER GIVE UP – tomorrow is another day and I will try again.

Aquo Xx

How bad do you ACTUALLY want it…

Lots of people want to get in shape, do great things, travel the world, live an adventure and tell a good story with their life, but there’s a big difference between saying you want something and wanting something bad enough to do something about it.

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You can say I’ve been smashed in the face by life – this is my time to hit back! You need to show up EVERY.SINGLE.DAY to achieve greatness, so I’m going for it and I’m not looking back! Champions take full responsibility for their outcomes that is the reason why I physiologically need to spend at least an hour at gym a day – even if it is just walking on the treadmill, doing some cardio and spending a bit of time doing physio on my arm.

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I know I talk a lot… I love to talk… I talk in my sleep – they say you should spend less time talking and more time pumping iron, well, I show up and talk through my whole session because I know what I’m going to achieve – The best freaking version of self-made you ever did see!

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Something I need to crank my intensity on is my morning routine – it’s defiantly a challenge with two babies… I didn’t say it was impossible but! I don’t believe in the world impossible – that word is for losers!

They say you should start the day in silence to better plan around your day. I try not to use my phone for 1st hour of being awake – mainly because I’m feeding children, putting the washing on, dressing children, dressing myself, remembering to feed myself… and the list goes on!

My day looks like this… I have a monstrous coffee, a Voost energy tablet (like Berocca but with guarana) and I eat a well balanced meal to fuel me for my insanely active day! I have a list for everyday of all of my to do’s. I use google calendar (which is awesome!) because when your phone updates it’s on the cloud so you don’t loose anything. I check for any appointments and I go from there. Somewhere in there I take some time for me to say my affirmations – it may be while I’m putting on the washing or cleaning a shitty bum… who knows!

I do at least a load of washing everyday. I have become much more functional with only having one active arm and have adapted quite well to be able to complete almost all my daily tasks by myself. I have actively been working to become more independent – even with my babies.

I usually write or do my content planning (which is a mess BTW) when the boys go for a nap or when the kids next door come to play. I try to be ahead but it’s difficult to find the time with my crazy lifestyle!

In life, I set goals – but it comes down to how bad do you ACTUALLY want it! A champion starts counting when pain arrives, I will eventually step up to that level!

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I have a vision…

You can achieve greatness – you just need someone to believe in you – For me I believe it’s easy for family to agree with what you want to achieve… But when people stop you in the street to tell you how proud of you – that’s when you get that warm feeling in your heart and at that moment your fueled with a little more motivation to keep going.

If I can push myself this hard living life with chronic pain – what’s stopping you? I’m a million times dedicated to show the world what AWESOME actually looks like! There is greatness inside of you – all you need is for someone to push you until you believe in yourself enough to take the first step.

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My destiny is greatness – I’m not sill here living a life I nearly lost to not achieve greatness. It will take some time… I know that – BUT I’m willing to work for it, even more I’m willing to bleed for it!

EVERYONE WANTS TO EAT… ONLY FEW ARE WILLING TO HUNT!

I AM WILLING AND COMMITTED TO CREATING THE BEST EVER VERSION OF ME!

IF YOUR IN THE ROAD OF MY GOALS – I SUGGEST YOU MOVE…

Aquo Xx

Happy New Year…

HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL YOU BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE! Wishes of success in the coming year 2020! Let the New Year 2020 abound in professional successes, bring satisfaction and satisfaction from the actions and challenges take and all well-being in your personal life!

Don’t let this year’s resolutions be empty promises to yourself.

So let’s get straight into it! What are your goals for this year?

My biggest goals include:-

1 – Having at least one of my books published by the end of 2020.

2 – Creating my version of a healthier/stronger me by the end of 2020.

3 – Create at least one new professional networking connection per month.

4 – Have professional head shots taken by December 2020.

5 – Be as present as I possibly can to my boys (that’s sanely possible).

A New Year is like a blank notebook. You get to write anything you want in it. Fill the first page of your notebook with your New Year’s resolutions. Live your best life by setting resolutions to make 2020 your best year ever.

Aquo Xx

WTH is Aquo doing?!

Many, if not all of you (including my husband) are probably thinking “what the hell is Aquo up to!” And you know what? the Amy Irvin part of me is right there with you … And also shiting myself a little bit – but the Aquo part of me wakes up every morning and hits the ground running excited for whatever is gonna come up in my face today.

At the moment, my focus is on promoting the Hinchinbrook Shire with the main focus being the future. This district is not good enough for us let alone our kids… I don’t blame them for wanting to leave Ingham as soon as they finish school. I left as soon as I finish school, but challenging circumstances had me return and the rest was history. I want to know more about Hinchinbrook Shires history, I want everyone to know about Hinchinbrook shires history. I want to make this place great again much like it was in the 90s. I talk about the 90s being better times and then I hear about the 70s and 80s being 10 times better again and it makes me want to know more about those times.

What is it that is stopping the Hinchinbrook Shire from being ten times better again, then it was back in the hay day? – “Um pick me.” teacher sighs… “yes Amy.” “Try all the negative energy that is around the place.” – I have recently (last few months) tried to put a positive spin on everything that comes my way, and you know what? it’s changed my life!

My main Focus is currently on keeping my blog going, my pics flowing and teaching myself what I can where I can. I do have a few rabbits in my hat wanting to jump out and bam! Smack all you beautiful people in the face (you know, with love) but at the end of the day my boys come first and I can only do what I can do.

I would love to rapidly grow my following to my Website – aquoonline.com But it’s not going to happen over night, I’m fully aware of that and I’m in this for the long game!

I also have a Facebook page – Amy Aquilini – Blogger, as well as an Instagram page – “aquoblog,” I’m taking the good old ready fire aim approach and I never let today take up too much of tomorrow. The more platforms you are attached to means the greater chance the amount of people on such platform will come across you…

I am not afraid to fail – the person who’s not afraid to fail will always win!

I know I have A LOT more developing to do… to all my platforms, but over time that will all fall into place. In the mean time, I will just keep on keeping on and do what I gotta do. I dare say my head is wayyy to hard to even come close to the idea of weighing in on the thought that I will fail. I’m not afraid of death – been there done that! I need another challenge, I’m not even 100% sure, but I have an idea that taking on the world is going to be it.

I got this way because shit went down and I handled it… it took a while… but I handled it!

When you focus on you, you grow; when you focus on shit, shit grows – Anon

At this point in time, none of this makes sense to me, but I believe 100% it will work out. I’m doing me, this is my way, creating this pretty amazing platform, I’m Doing thinks to make things better for my boys.

Be curious about everything, even more ask questions about everything! Keep growing and evolving.

Old habits limit you from living your best life.

watch this freaking space!

Aquo Xx

Keeping a strong mindset…

As everyone knows – I’m a pretty freaking hard-headed freakishly strong kinda crazy bird… life’s too short to be just like everyone else – and I’ve been shown that first hand. I have absolutely no desire to fit in.

People wonder how I do it – Keeping a strong mindset, since living with a TBI is not easy… I have educated myself for years on how to overcome my struggles to enable me to live my best life.

The first big side effect I overcome was ANGER. I won’t go into it today – but feel free to read the article from Brainline by clicking ‘Anger.’

I have found different triggers that calm me down and prevent me from being a raging physco! – although the angry bird Aquo feels the urge to surface every so often, I try my absolute hardest to keep her burried deep deep down. She’s not a nice person.

I love podcasts because they make you think. I have become a religous follower of ‘The mentor mindset’, ‘Maximize your influence’ and ‘the productiviyist’ – they help me in so many ways push through the day and enable me to reach my short term goals.

Every so often I will Google fitness/mindset/positivity/wellness memes to help curb my thought patterns.

I’m 27 and I’ve already worked this out… when I worked this out – my life started to change for the better…
When I had my accident – my mate in Townsville burnt his Bundy Rum candle for me… Rum Pigs are strong bro 😉
Louise & the team @ Tweak… get ready! This will be me!

Over the years I have found different videos on YouTube that also help to keep me in a positive mindset.

When I feel the need to just chill, I switch on Netflix and put on a documentary so I’m learning something – at the moment my favourites are ‘Strong’, ‘Born strong’, ‘The C word’, ‘Functional fitness’ and ‘The mind explained.’

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However, the days I go to the gym twice I will do 45 minutes on the treadmill watching sex in the city, I don’t know why but it gets me so motivated and when I get home I’m usually bursting with creativity to conqure one of my million projects on the go.

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Remember that above everything your mental well-being needs to be nurtured. Take time to meditate and focus on the things you are grateful for. Taking time to replenish your mind and spirit is paramount to sustaining mental health and giving you a sense of well-being. And that is key to becoming and maintaining your best self, now and over the long haul.

Aquo Xx

Christmas Countdown 1.2…

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So now there’s only this long till Christmas! – yes I love Christmas! For today I thought I would Christmas cartoons Christmas movies. Just a quick one!

OMG NOW THAT’S MY KIND OF FUNNY!

Anddd who couldn’t forget Mr Bean!

May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow for your lovely family, just as our childhood memories of Holidays past are such happy recollections now. Wishing you lots of love, joy and happiness. Merry Christmas!

Aquo Xx

Keeping focused over the festive season…

It’s no secret that girls have to work a million times harder than guys to feel good in ourselves. I’m having to go to my happy place (Tweak Fitness) multiple times a day just to stay awake with my very active little dudes. It helps keep me sane, a little crazy… but mostly sane.

Guys go once, they don’t need to have a diet that is half as strict as us females have to and look like they do and it sucks! Since I started liking boys, I have had a thing for Vin Diesel!

They say it’s the 70/30 rule… 70% diet & 30% exercise…. I like to sit at 80% diet and 40% exercise… Just to be safe! I refuse to get as big as I was (size 20), even though I had good reason for being that large.

If you shop smart, eating healthy isn’t expensive! You can buy chicken from the deli in bulk when it’s $8/kg. You can stock up on frozen veggies so there is 0 waste & just cook up as you need or meal prep to stay on the ball. Fruit – well we all know somebody with a fruit tree/s that you can throw a few bucks at and get quality fruit that doesn’t waste half as quickly as store bought fruit. Snacks – I have 10 almonds and a coffee, or a piece of fruit. A shop remembering I have a family costs about $150 a week.

I try to stay away from dairy and carbs as much as I can – I have found a balance that works for me. I also try eat smaller portions more often – which I manage to do 3 out of 7 days at the moment cause let’s face it – life with a baby and a toddler is hectic af!

I did a thing that will blow the tops off most people’s heads – I gave up alcohol at the end of September and I feel so much better for it! I’m not sure if I’m never going to drink again… I just know I can’t be my version of successful and get tanked all the time.

I’m doing this for me, I’m becoming a fully functioning mum (yeah – I can hold both my boys at once with 1 & 1/2 functioning arms… what’s your superpower?) and I want to teach my kids that the best kind of lifestyle is an active one.

When I feel myself falling, I lift myself back up by looking at pictures of when I was unhappy and reading different fitness motivation memes and they remind me I’m about a year away from where I want to be!

ANDDD I could do this all day, but I will finish with a motivational video that helps keep me focused. REMEMBER – IF YOUR NOT GOING HEAD FIRST, EVERYTHING IN MODERATION!

Aquo Xx