I’ve been following Lanisays.com for a while now and I LOVE IT ALL. A fellow NZ blogger, Lani is based in Auckland after a little bit of time in New York and fills us on in on the bits and pieces of her life, nutritious and delicious recipes and all the latest fashion news (I tend to look here for what’s the buzzing in NZ fashion & Music). When you read her blog, she has this effortlessly cool vibe to her and I really wanted to get her on my blog when I saw all her NZFW posts while she was there to experience it all – this made it concrete that I wanted to share one of my absofave bloggers with all of you! Oh. And did I mention she’s David Dallas’other half? Me and her both enjoy a good black coffee, cranking some bejewelled and clarifying our thoughts on paper with ‘to-do’ lists – and all you guys know how I love to-do lists – Lani definitely is a hit with me and I’m sure her blog will be a hit for you too!
Name: Leilani Momoisea / Lani Says
Role / Job: As my day job I’m a reporter, and the rest of the time I run my blog, ‘Lani Says’.
Brief background of what you do: I’ve been a reporter at Radio New Zealand since 2007, but last year I quit to live in New York with my partner. Because I knew I wasn’t legally allowed to work in the USA I decided to start the ‘Lani Says’ blog to keep me productive and to document my time there. The blog covers all my personal interests, music, fashion, random things I’m liking or enjoying at the time and sometimes a glance into my life.
Main projects / tasks that keep you busy? : I’ve been back in New Zealand this whole year so I’ve been back at my job working part time and doing the blog the rest of the time. Those two things essentially take up all my time. I’ve also almost completed a 12 week fitness challenge, so exercise has kind of taken over my life right now. I never thought I’d hear those words coming out of my mouth, but it has.
Affiliates + greatest personal & professional achievements: My greatest professional achievement is my work reporting on the 2009 tsunami in Samoa. I flew into Samoa the same day the tsunami hit, and reported on it for two weeks over there. From that work, a colleague and I put together a documentary on the aftermath of the tsunami in Samoa and we won the award for Best Documentary at the NZ Radio Awards.
I’ve kept up with your NZFW updates, who are your favourite New Zealand fashion designers? My favourite designers are Salasai, Zambesi, Ruby & Liam, Karen Walker, twenty-seven names.
Having to juggle different commitments, what are some of your time management secrets? I have the worst time management skills, I don’t know how I get anything done, so any time management advice would definitely be more a case of ‘do as I say, not as I do’.
I think the two most helpful things I can think of are, 1) Write a ‘To Do’ list, and 2) get up early.
When you are feeling over whelmed, what is a self care tip you would love to share?I’m not sure this qualifies as self-care but the things that I do to just relax at home will be to make myself a strong black coffee, and play bejeweled haha.
I think if I ever am overwhelmed it’s because I have a lot to do, which is where the ‘To Do’ list will come out, and writing out each task really helps in calming yourself down because the things you need to do are no longer just a big jumble in your head. Once it’s written down, it helps clarify what you need to achieve, and how to achieve it.
OK, but back to self care, treat yourself to a really good massage, and try get 8 hours of sleep.
What is your dream day? My dream day is really simple – it will be a warm, sunny day where I get to sleep in, go to a great cafe for breakfast with the boyfriend, drink really good coffee and eat great food, have lunch with friends, and dinner with family – and do nothing much in between.
What inspires you day-to-day? The people I love.
Any last words for those who want to start their own business / blog / take action on their dreams but do not know how to take that first step?
Don’t wait for circumstances to become perfect, because they never will be. Doing is the most important thing. Talk to people who have already done it, get their advice on how they did it, but then you have to take action from there. No one can make that first step for you, but you.
See guys – Told you she was awesome! Check out her blog Lanisays.com / Follow her on Twitter@LeilaniJM / search and ‘like’ her on facebook (Search ‘Lanisays’) and get your daily dose of Lani on instagram (@lanisays) xx