Why I need to clean out my closet, and you do too.

Why I need to clean out my closet, and you do too.

Lately, I’ve been living out of my laundry basket. You know the one, the clean clothes you wash, never really get around to folding or putting away. Day after day I reach for the same pieces while a closet full of clothes sits overstuffed and waiting in the wings. Clothes that spill from the draws and shelves, bust out of the hanging space where they are lined up in doubled up pairs. So it’s time! Time to clean out my closet. Time to get serious about the clothes I wear and the ones I never wear. The clothes I love and the clothes I tolerate because I think one day I might wear them again. But I need to get…

Oh wait, are those FLARES!?

Oh wait, are those FLARES!?

Um yeah, they ARE flares. Killer, right? We might as well kick plus size jeans week off with a killer pair of flares and a fucker tee. I’m going to get to the flares, I promise I am, but I also need to talk about why it was SO important for me to wear this Be Polite You Fucker tee today. And I know you want to hear THAT story. Haha. Well, well, well. It’s been an interesting few days for me. I launched myself into a conversation for body shaming and found my Facebook page front and centre in a discussion for women, against women and with so many shades of grey opinions that I wore myself out. Deleting…

Oh heeeeey, a New Zealand Update!

Oh heeeeey, a New Zealand Update!

I’m logged into tonight, from our camper in Rotorua, to finish the first couple of days of Confident You’s first week. Because well, nothing says live an impressive life you love like that does. I’m loving the digital nomad life. I dream of the day when we can travel around all the time and blog and eat and drink and live. The people I’ve met, the places I’ve seen, well that’s just what life is about. And you thought I was a talker. That Mr. Suger, HE is the talker. I often get left off the side of conversations wandering in and out as he regales people with tales of our travels, life at home and all the things he’s…

Oh hey New Zealand, heading your way!

Oh hey New Zealand, heading your way!

Mr. Suger and I planned to honeymoon in New Zealand not long after our wedding. With young businesses at the time, we thought it might take us a year or two to get around to. Fast forward and as our 11th wedding anniversary looms large (in August) we decided we’d better get the heck on with that. Then our friend Fi mentioned she was having a 40th birthday bash and WELL. Game on. New Zealand, brace yourself, the Sugers are coming. Kicking off in Auckland, we are travelling a few hours for a friend’s birthday party, after a few days we will head off along the coast. But from there, we have no plans really. Free as a bird. But…

Suger’s Place Office Makeover

Suger’s Place Office Makeover

Oh yeah, it happened. Or IS happening. It was office makeover time. If you follow me on snapchat (sugercoatit, derr) you would have seen progress as we went through the first day. On Instagram, I shared a before and after of the floor. But what you didn’t see is the transformation of this once single garage turned 90’s bedroom into the home of my business Suger Social. I mean before, it was bad. Smelly bad. Old blinds and stinky carpets bad. This bad. And yes, my entire house prior to her recent paint job was that lovely shade of 90’s green with white and salmon trims. Like. A. Boss. Haha. Matching forest green carpet to ice that cake and about…

Letting Go vs. Holding On

Letting Go vs. Holding On

This post could have just as easily been titled, sometimes you’re just at the beach with sand in your face. It’s about letting go and holding on. It’s about knowing the difference and not knowing the difference and trying to figure it all out. It’s about choices. As I sit in the sand, the wind is buffeting my face and beach umbrella flaps perilously behind me, I think to myself, this makes no sense at all. Why am I here, forcing a day to be perfect when it’s clearly not. Why do I do that? Over and over again. Why do I find a way to consistently dig my heels in and make situations I should let go, work? People.…

Suger’s Instagram for Business Workbook: Out Now!

Suger’s Instagram for Business Workbook: Out Now!

In 2015 I conducted a workshop focusing on Instagram for Business. And not just any kind of Instagram for Business, the kind that doesn’t creep people out. The kind without the follow for a follow then unfollow strategy. The kind where you don’t spam like people or beg them to ‘check out your profile’ in their comments. None of that. Just the plain old building a community of people interested in you and your business. I called it the non-creep guide to Instagram for Business. The workshop was a roaring success. We were SO into the content that we went almost an hour over time and we could have stayed there all night. ALL night literally, I could’ve kept talking…

How to cope with the unknown when trying to conceive

How to cope with the unknown when trying to conceive

I received an email a couple of weeks ago from Mandy about how to cope with the unknown. Mandy is not an Amanda, just Mandy. I know because I asked, my sister is an Amanda, I had to check. Anyway, Mandy (hi lady!) was asking how I dealt with the years of not knowing when Mr Suger and I were trying unsuccessfully to have kids. How did I cope with the uncertainty and not knowing how things would work out? These things are driving her crazy. Mandy and I spoke a few times back and forward, and I asked her if I could turn our conversation into a wider conversation and she was more than okay with that. After all,…