December 2015 - The Left Field Insider

Welcome to the end of 2015 - you made it!IMG_8216

The team at Left Field would like to wish all our readers a wonderful Christmas.  We hope you have the opportunity to connect with what Christmas means for you and enjoy the time away from the office.  For those lucky enough to have a week or more break, we hope you enjoy this time to recharge, engage with life and value each precious day surrounding yourself with wonderful experiences and people.  We look forward to reconnecting again next year – we have planned some great new ideas, concepts and events we will look forward sharing with you in 2016!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Kel x

- Kelly Maniatis


Please Note, the Left Field office will be closed over the festive break so the team can recharge their batteries! The office will close midday Wednesday 23 December and reopen at 9am on Monday 11 January. 


Top tips for handling the Silly Season!

It’s that time of year again, the craziness that is December! Why does it always seem so much busier than any other month? Perhaps because we are trying to squish as much as possible into those 31 days.


As this season can be a little overwhelming – both in our professional and personal lives – the Left Field team have put together their top tips on how to tackle the silly season…

  • Kelly: Don’t write off the month of December as this month can go so quick:
    – Savour each day
    – Think about how you want to live the last month of 2015 and
    – Be in the moment!
  • Jess: All I want for Christmas is … me! For many of us the year tends to accelerate towards the finish line in a busy mess of meeting deadlines, gift buying and end of year celebrations. Having expended so much energy on others, we tend to forget what we actually want and need. Take time over the holiday period to focus some time and energy on you!
  • Betina: Personally, I have always found December to be the perfect month for reflection. Look back at what a year 2015 has been – both the ups and the downs. Take a moment to stop, reflect and truly appreciate everything that has happened in the year… how it has made you feel and how it has helped you grow. The years’ go so fast, sometimes we forget to appreciate just how far we’ve come!
  • Kate: During the silly season try to keep in mind what matters most, to me this is the human connection. Considering this can be a very isolating and lonely time for some, try to think of how you can reach out to others, even just a smile or kind word might brighten someone’s Christmas.
  • Alex: Christmas is often the season for spending time with family. For me, family isn’t just about blood relatives, but all those people who have shaped my life, cared for me, and inspired me. Godparents, family friends, and school friends have all become wonderful additions to my family over the years. Whether you’re gathering for breakfast, brunch, lunch, linner, or dinner, it’s a great opportunity to remind people they are your family, and most of all that you love them!


Around the office

A new addition!Alex_Graduation
We'd like to announce that to start the new year, Alex Walsh will be joining the Left Field team FULL TIME! We are so pleased to have Alex on board as an Associate Consultant Psychologist!


A Huge Congratulations to Alex Walsh and recent Intern Kaitlan Laurie who both graduated from their Master of Organisational Psychology (MPsychOrg) last week! Amazing work!


Melbourne Cup!
Back in November, the Left Field team got to sneak out of the office to attend a Melbourne Cup function at Nantucket Kitchen & Bar. Alex backed the winner and the rest of us were just excited to frock up and have a glass of bubbles! Thanks to Kelly for treating the team to a fun afternoon out!













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A very "Left Field" Christmas!



The Left Field team wanted to celebrate the end of 2015 with a fun activity that also gave something back to the community. We took part in a "Cooking for a Cause" class with the amazing charity OzHarvest. You can check out the great work they do here:

Here's some pictures of the team in action!












The Left Field Lunchbox


Christmas Gingerbread

125g butter, at room temperature
100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
125ml (1/2 cup) golden syrup
1 egg, separated
375g (2 1/2 cups) plain flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Plain flour, to dust

Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush 2 baking trays with melted butter to lightly grease.

Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined. Stir in the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Press dough into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.

Once rested, place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick. Use a 9cm gingerbread man cutter to cut out shapes. Place on trays about 3cm apart. Repeat with any excess dough.

Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven. Transfer to a rack to cool. You can either decorate your gingerbread or leave them plain!


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