a catch up

hello my friends, I am so sorry that I didn’t write a post last week. I am still trying to sort out this whole balance thing. Have been super busy and just not really coping, but ill get there. Anyways, I thought I would just check in, ya know.

Mothers Day. A day to celebrate and appreciate everything that our mums do for us, including the laundry, dishes, cooking etc. One of the hardest parts about moving out of home, apart from not seeing the parents everyday, was having to do my own washing and household jobs (still not 100% sure on how to wash a bathroom, but i’ll get there). Mother’s Day this year was special. Mum and I did the big 7.4km walk at the Mother’s Day classic here in Adelaide. Not only was I pretty knackered at the end, but it was a super fun walk, something that I got to experience with my mum. A few close friends of mine, as well as many others, are no longer able to spend Mother’s Day with their mums. That is why, you need to make every Mother’s Day (as well as every other day) special.

My parents have decided to pack up and travel around Australia for the rest of the year. I am very excited for them, don’t get me wrong, but they are taking the dog away. How could you?? Just joking… but how cool is this? I would love to just pack up my life and spend the year on the road. But I am only 21, I just need a little more money and like be 40 before I can even think about doing something like this. I just have so many plans in my life that I want to do within the next 2 years. Like I know I have the rest of my life, but I just cant bare to wait that long. Anyone else like this? A positive for me though is that I can go and visit them, wherever they may be. I am thinking Brisbane in July? Anyone know of any cool brunch places in Brissy (priorities hah).

I can reassure that my life is pretty well back on track now – am loving this extra flow of cash into my bank account! This weeks post is only short (I know, sorry!), but important. If you haven’t told your mum, dad, brother, sister, dog, fish or cat (ew) that you love & appreciate them lately, DO IT. Unfortunately, anything can happen at any time. OR your parents can just decide to leave you, who knows!

Thanks for having a read, I do really appreciate it! If you have anything you would like me to talk about etc, please let me know! I am kinda running out of decent content!!! XXXX

have a chat with me

Well, I was wondering how long it would last. As you’re probably aware, it is Friday, not Wednesday! You know when you’re like ‘I will just do it tomorrow’ once and then every time after that you do the same thing? Yeah thats what I have done lol. I hope to get back into it next week and write on Wednesday (but lets just wait and see!).

This post is more like a little chit chat, rather than my usual stuff. I feel like I am running out of decent content, but still want to write something. All the things I wanted to write about, I have already written about, so I just have to go on more holidays (lol) to get more ideas and inspiration. Am I right? yes.

So this week, I started my new job (yay!), but I have been struggling with the whole balancing work, life, friends etc. For some reason I have just been super exhausted. Like I know I am only working shifts of like 2.5 hours, but I am spending the whole time in the pool, in chlorine and this just makes me super tired. I literally finish at 6pm and then by 8pm I am dead. What is wrong with me?

So many of you know just how cruisy uni has been for me this semester. Like I literally feel like I do nothing, but there isn’t much more for me to do. Like I cant just make up work for me to do – why would I do that anyways? I had an assignment due tonight – I have finished thank god, but I was like stressing majorly about it. I dedicated most of Wednesday, Thursday night and like all of today to do it, but just couldn’t find the motivation. I went out for brunch this morning because priorities, and then came home and smashed it out in like 3 hours. I swear I produce my best work under pressure, on the day it is due. Anyone else like this? I think you have to be super motivated and passionate about the topic or assignment to finish it early. I am at that stage though where I am just so sick of studying and am ready to be an adult and have a full time job. I bet though in like a year when I actually have to work and adult properly I will be wishing I was back at uni. I guess you just cant win hey?

Anyways, where I was going with the last paragraph is that I now have to balance uni with work. I know I have a pretty laid back semester, but I still need to find time to complete assignments, attend uni and do the work. Unfortunately, you need to do the work to pass, who knew? Because I have been super tired this week, my uni work has kind of become the last priority, as I am valuing sleep and food higher than study. I think it will take me a few weeks to get into a routine and to become more organised to be able to balance work, uni and life. I am LOVING the money though. Don’t you just hate it when money just keeps going out of your account but nothing comes in? That was me for like 3 months. But now I have to pay a stupid parking fine – there goes my first pay check. Who knew that parking in a bike lane (whoops, I should learn to read signs) would cost $263. Like what? I would like the council to tell me why the fine is so much and would possibly could make this fine so high. This is absurd.

Anyways, thanks again for reading and I’m sorry this is a bit of a different and messy post, but I just really like writing. Also shout out to the Buff State rugby team for not inviting us to your formal, I’m very upset, but I hope you had a fab night – even without the foreigners @heidi, @nicola.

Love ya all xxx

 

BALI!

I am very sorry for not posting last week, I was very busy! I have just spent the best week in my favourite place ever, Bali! Eating, drinking, swimming and tanning – what else could you want? I was fortunate enough to tag along to my aunty, uncles and cousins little Bali getaway – sorry guys!

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Suckling Pig at Jimmy’s Bar (I personally freaked out by the whole pig cooked on a stick thing – ew)

Unfortunately, flying direct to Adelaide from Denpasar is awful. The flight leaves Bali at midnight and arrives in Adelaide around 7am – which means that you don’t get much sleep (I guess when I move back to Perth, I will have an endless supply of airlines and flight times!!). I am always grumpy, tired and very sad when I arrive back in Adelaide. For some reason, after coming home from Bali, everytime, I am an emotional wreck. I have no idea why. I am literally sad for weeks after until I can convince myself that I will be going back soon. During these few weeks, I constantly look at airfares and accomodation to make myself feel better. This only ever happens after Bali – it is super weird. I think its because when I go to Bali it does feel like a holiday. I literally do nothing! Maybe I am so sad because I know when I come home I actually have to adult and not just spend my days swimming and drinking?

Since returning, I have been very sad, but life goes on. I have to stop and think about just how lucky I am to be able to visit Bali as often as I have. I am always complaining to my mum that I haven’t been back in four years. I really shouldn’t be complaining.

In 2010, my family and I decided to sponsor a child in Bali. We were given the sweetest little boy, Yogi. Through sponsoring Yogi, we paid for his school fees, books, uniform etc, which allowed him to attend school – an opportunity a lot of Balinese children do not get to experience. As Australians (and many other nationalities), we are lucky we are all given the chance to attend school. To get a good job or career. But most of us still complain about how much we hate school or that we don’t need to go! Just think that for many Balinese children, attending school is just a dream.

Yogi grew up in a village, in the North East of Bali. I have been lucky enough to go to his village on several occasions. The location is sensational. The views of the ocean would be worth millions, but this is where the poorest Balinese people live. Although they don’t have a lot at all, they are the happiest people you will ever meet. Last Wednesday, I was fortunate enough to see my aunty/uncle and cousins sponsor child, Wayan in his village. When you arrive, they are so happy to see you. They greet you will a big smile and a hug, making you feel very welcome. As soon as we arrived, a bunch of other boys from surrounding villages rushed over to see us. Balinese children are literally the cutest things ever! We gave the family lots of second-hand clothes, toys and lots of food. Who knew that all the ‘stuff’ we have sitting and lying around our homes would actually change someone else’s life?

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With Wayan and his family + some other boys from other villages

Every time I visit Yogi or in this case, Wayan, we always complain about the long car ride! Yes its long, but there are more important things to think about. Through these visits, I always stop from a few moments and appreciate what I have. A stable family, a roof over my head, dinner on the table every night and clean drinking water. All the things we take for granted. Imagine trying to live without these things for even a few hours, I can guarantee that most of us would struggle immensely.

When telling people I was coming to Bali, I got some mixed reactions. A few comments were made about why some people would never go to Bali – because they don’t believe ‘tourists’ should visit – we need to go to Bali to help the poor, build houses etc rather that spend money there, eating and drinking. These comments made me think. Without the tourists, Bali would be even worse. ALL of the millions of tourists who flock to Bali each year are building their economy. Giving the Balinese jobs. Yogi continued on to hospitality school, where he is now working at the Octopus restaurant in Nusa Dua. He has built a life for himself, doing something he loves. If there were no tourists, people like Yogi would not have a job.

I understand that everyone will have differing opinions on Bali. Some people hate it, while others love it (including me). To me, Bali is one of the only places where I can lie around a pool for a week and not feel bad for not doing anything else! As you become a more frequent tourist, you begin to form friendships with some of the Balinese people. We have a friend, Hillary, who we always get to pick us up from the airport or when we go to the villages. We also have our regular beach bars we like to go to. Jimmy’s Bar was frequented a fair few times this trip as well! So I guess having these friendships justify coming to Bali? Hm ..

I am super sorry for the long post, but I thought I should make up for last week. I also thought this was an important topic that I wanted to discuss. If you are interested in looking to sponsor a child, we did it through the Carolia Charity – which is run by two women in WA. ALL the money given is given to the child. If you are interested in doing something like this, please do! You don’t know how much this will change lives. If you have any questions, please message me! I am a very strong advocate for allowing every child access to an education. It is just so important.

Although my week in Bali is over, I am counting down the days until I visit again whenever that is – maybe November (please mum?!). Although I can assure you, that if you are only going for a week, you do not need to pack 4 pairs of bathers, especially when I only took hand luggage.. But yes, you can go to Bali for a week with only hand luggage!! Just a heads up, the next few posts will probably also be about Bali, because why not. Talking about it just makes me feel like I’m still there (even though I’m clearly not!!)

 

 

Why is a new job so daunting?

I cannot believe its Wednesday already! I swear I write a post and then bam its Wednesday again and I need to think of something awesome to write about! I get at least one message a week from someone, “where is your blog post for this week?”, which makes me extremely happy because you remember I write them on Wednesday and want to read more. BUT this message always makes me angry at myself because nine times out of ten, I have forgotten about it. I have just been so busy doing nothing this week! Im sure many of you can relate to this!

Anyways, I have had a pretty big week, but the biggest thing was starting a new job. How daunting is this!!! I don’t know why, but it is one of the most scariest and nerve-racking things ever. Who else has this feeling? Like we do things that are so much more nerve-racking, yet there is something about a new job that is scary. Am I going to like it? Will the people be nice? Will they like me? Will I be a nuisance? All these questions are buzzing through my head as I enter the new swim school that I was lucky enough to get a job at. Walking through those doors is the worst part. Once you are through the doors, its a breeze.

Tonight I had my first official shift. I was petrified. But as soon as I walked through those doors and got into the pool, I was fine. It was like a sense of relief. I can actually do this. I AM doing this. And then you realise half way through your shift that you will actually really enjoy working here and you had nothing to worry about. So ALL that prior worrying was for nothing. But if you are not worried, are you human? I think this is an instinct that we all have. We are all scared that we are not the right person for the job. My biggest fear is not knowing anyone. I HATE going somewhere where I don’t know anyone. I know this is stupid, but I can’t help it. However, I have learnt to conquer this fear, because I simply have to. I cannot live life not doing or going to things because I don’t know anyone. I would end up alone, inside for the rest of my life. And that would be awful!

I guess in these blog posts, I like to share my feelings and fears. A lot of us don’t like to do this because we are scared what others might think. But we shouldn’t. Everyone has fears. Everyone is scared. Its normal. DO NOT put yourself down or make yourself feel bad because you are scared of heights and none of your friends are. Im sure they are scared of things that you may not be scared of. I’m petrified of cats. I absolutely hate them (sorry if this offends anyone!). But for someone who is scared of cats, travelling around the Greek Islands last year was probably not the best idea. They were EVERYWHERE. And I mean everywhere! They even came into our hotel room in Paros. Definitely not my favourite part of the trip. Anyways, I had to face this fear, and I can reassure you know that I still hate and am petrified of cats!!

On another note, regarding nerves, I had two people very close to me who decided to participate in the ‘World’s Greatest Shave’. A big congrats to my cousin Mason and close friend Sam for doing such a selfless thing for those suffering with Leukaemia. You both raised so much money for this wonderful cause and I am so proud! I wish I had the strength to do this, but I don’t. I will just continue to donate instead. Which is what you should all do! If you know of anyone who has participated in the shave, donate! I’m sure you all know someone who has suffered with Leukaemia and providing extra funds and support to find a cure who help a lot of families in Australia.

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How good does Sam look with no hair!!

Just a little side note to end, but I will be in Bali next week – cannot wait! So there may potentially be no blog post next week 😦 I will see how I go! So if not, stay tuned for the next post in two weeks. Enjoy the rest of your holidays, and if you’re at school, enjoy your holidays. Take time out for you. Relax. Read that book you have been meaning to read for three years! XX

Am I an Australian Buffalonian?

What, no! Its not Wednesday already? I swear the weeks are just going by so fast, that I cannot keep track. Is anyone else feeling like this? It’s almost the mid-semester break (or holidays) for us here in South Australia. I swear I was only just on holidays!

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how relevant!

To be completely honest with you all, I wrote some of this earlier in the week and then just left it unfinished. And then I got a message from a friend, “have you done your post for your blog?” (thanks for reminding me Marc!). Although I was super impressed he remembered I post every Wednesday, it also made me feel like I mattered. That people are reading and enjoying my posts every week. I was just going to leave it until tomorrow (have had a bit of a rough day), but don’t want to disappoint my readers (and fans!) so here you go …

I thought I would write a little about my time studying in America because I have been getting loads of questions. When I returned home, people ask me “so how was your trip?” and all I could reply with was “it was good, I had so much fun”. Most times, people would say “is that all?”. The fact was, that was the only way I could summarise my time overseas. Unless you had approximately four hours to spare, this was all you were getting!

I had THE BEST time overseas. Don’t believe me? Just have a look at my Instagram! I seriously cannot explain the time I had. From eating bagels, joining the rugby team, making new friends, having to buy a jacket that will keep me warm in the minus temperatures and being around snow regularly were just some of the great experiences I was able to see and do. I have to admit that I was not a huge fan of the snow. I seriously don’t know how people can live in it. Like, I was just frozen, ALL THE TIME. That is not fun!! I’m pretty sure my toes almost feel off at least 100 times, but its all apart of the experience right?

Anyways, I have had a lot of questions from people asking ‘but is it worth it?’. YES! YES! YES! If you have the opportunity to do anything like this, JUST DO IT! I cannot recommend it enough. It is a lot different studying overseas than just traveling overseas. You get to live like a local. See the more remote places you may never think of going to. You may also have a bit of an advantage as the aussie accent is pretty well liked overseas. In America, especially Buffalo, my aussie accent was quite distinctive and an awesome ice breaker – it definitely made meeting new people super easy! Although, it was super hard coming back to Australia where I was just like everyone else. I no longer had an accent. And when I say things like ‘tomato sauce’, ‘footpath’ and ‘rubbish bin’, I no longer get laughed at or corrected. Because apparently its ketchup, not tomato sauce! The amount of times this was told to me in Buffalo was insane! Who knew there was such a debate! Whose side are you on? Ketchup or tomato sauce?

It may be too expensive, too late (like you have already finished your degree) or just not your time to travel, but I think everyone should try and squeeze it into their busy lives. You learn so much from travelling. Stuff that you cannot learn from a book or lecture. It definitely helps to become more independent. But it does leave you with the bug. Yep. The travel bug. And it just doesn’t go away. But this is by far the best bug to have!

If you have any further questions or just need that ‘push’ to do something like this, or even any general travel questions, I would LOVE to hear from you! I love hearing about other peoples travel experiences. It gives me ideas and motivation for my next holiday! I just need a job and some money… Wish me luck! xx

how can I be the best version of myself?

How can I stay fit, healthy and happy while trying to balance my university studies, social life and this blog? Well I am definitely no expert, but I have learnt a thing or two over the past few years. And this blog has actually helped me to focus on what matters in life. There really is something therapeutic about writing your thoughts onto paper.

Which leads me to my first tip. By the way, I am not a qualified nutritionist, PT or life coach. I am simply someone who has tried lots of different things in life. Anyways, I find that writing down goals and ways to ‘become a better you’ is inspiring. If you are aware of what you want to achieve in life, you will work hard to make sure these goals are met. My number one goal at the moment is to become healthy. To find a positive relationship with food and exercise. I can assure you right now that this hasn’t been easy. I have been very lucky that my mum has an extensive knowledge on food and what I should eat. This has defienelty been helpful moving out of home, as I am aware of what will fuel and nourish my body, rather than make me bloated and feel gross. There are sooo many ways you can make your favourite meals that extra bit more healthy and a lot more delicious. As you are all aware, I have a very strong relationship with stirfry, however, my next favourite thing is zucchini noodles (or zoodles!) with basil pesto or your traditional bolognese sauce. Delish. You should all give it a go and let me know what you think! I am obsessed.

Social media. This lovely thing can be both a positive and negative aspect within life. I am obsessed with Instagram. I just find it to be so inspiring – because I follow the right people. There are a lot of empowering and positive women out there making a difference, simply by using Instagram. This is a pretty big deal at the moment and I couldn’t be happier. I get all my inspiration, motivation and recipe ideas from Instagram. Who would have thought? However, social media can be very toxic and negative. I try super hard to avoid this, which usually works in my favour. I make sure my life is not revolved around my phone and social media. I often leave my phone at home. I just simply don’t need it. I believe this has helped me to create a stronger relationship with myself. You should all try it one day, you might surprise yourself.

I’m sure you have all heard of the blue light that generates from your phone at night? I sure have and I have only just come to realise that using my phone late at night has impacted my sleeping. I am struggling to get to sleep. Restless, usually taking me over an hour to fall asleep. But why? Surely this isn’t to do with my phone? Well.. I have started this new ‘experiment’ where I switch off ALL my technology devices at 9:30pm. Well, I put my phone on do not disturb or aeroplane mode so I can still use my alarm!!! But I have seen a huge difference. Instead of spending my night on my phone, I am drinking a nice hot cup of chamomile tea whilst reading a book or listening to meditation. Yes, I am one of those people, BUT it makes me feel super relaxed and sleepy before bed. So why wouldn’t I want to be one of those people?

And lastly, exercise. My best and worst nightmare. I have recently found a new love of running after suffering from some painful knee injuries. I literally feel like I am the only person in the world when I run. Earphones in and a upbeat playlist and all my worries and thoughts are put on hold for half an hour. Does anyone else feel this when they run? I just love that feeling when you finish exercising. All those endorphins releasing. I simply feel on top of the world. Just like I do every week when I release my new post.

I hope this little insight into my wellbeing routine has given you some tips on how you also can live your best life. I think it also helps to have something to look forward too. This doesn’t have to be a holiday. It can simply be catching up for a coffee with a close friend or the party you are attending on the weekend. Remember to be the best you, you need to stay positive. Find the things in your life that you are proud of. This will motivate you even more.

I would love to hear all your inspiration and ways on how you balance everything in your life and how you stay motivated XXXX

 

Am I a stranger?

I really struggled to jot down my thoughts onto paper (or in this case, my laptop) this week. I have so many ideas of what I what to write and share with you, but for some reason, I just couldn’t find the words or motivations this week.

I was lucky enough to attend the St Ann’s Open Show last weekend (I make this sound like it is an exclusive event!). It was here that I started to think and realise what I was doing there. For the first time in the long time, I felt like a stranger in my own (former) home. For the place I had called home for 2.5 years, no longer felt like it. I knew many people there, but still felt like a stranger. Why? Why was I feeling so disconnected?

I think I took my years at college for granted. I made the besets friends, shared the greatest experiences and got to do a lot of things I could only dream about. This was really a home away from home for me. But why was I a stranger all of a sudden?

I spent most of the night looking (and chasing after) my friend Ryan, who decided to consume his yearly alcohol intake in one night. It was here, constantly walking around that I really felt like I didn’t belong. Was it because I wasn’t sharing this experience with my close friends? I began to realise that it was the friends and experiences that made my college experience unforgettable, rather than the physical presence of the college.

Dont get me wrong, I wouldn’t change my college experience at all. Those 2.5 years really shaped me into the person I am today. Independent – which is something you really need when you move out on your own. I matured a lot during my time there. Starting off as an innocent 18 year old, with big dreams and no money. To a 20 year old girl still with big dreams and no money, except later on that year I was making my dreams come true.

Which leads me to my American college experience. Living on campus at Buff State was sooo different to St Ann’s. From the rooms, people and excessive amount of rules. I definitely felt more like a stranger in these dorms rather than at St Ann’s. But again, these experiences have helped me to realise just how lucky I am. I was fortunate enough to attend college in both Australia and America, something others can only dream about. I think a lot of us takes these experiences for granted. We expect them. But what would my life be like and how would I be if I wasn’t fortunate enough to have these opportunities? I can tell you right now I would be very rich, probably with my own island and private jet. I’ll keep on dreaming though.

Although I thought I would enjoy my night at college on Saturday a lot more (it was a great party btw), I was extremely happy and overwhelmed with the amount of people I saw who said “I read your blog”. This truly is the best compliment I can receive, as I am still a little bit scared and nervous to write this. Scared that no one is going to like what I am saying, or they simply think I am a terrible writer and should stop – (please let me know if this is the case!!!).

Please remember to appreciate all the successes and opportunities you have received. These have made you into the person you are today, for the better! xxxx