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


oh what a… weekend!

Well, what a weekend I just had. Here in South Australia, we were fortunate enough to have a long weekend (I love public holidays!) this weekend. So my family and I decided to jet over to Perth for the weekend for my cousins wedding.

As many of you are thinking, how in the world can I afford all this travel? Is she ever home? Well I can assure you that I am pretty broke at the moment (if you know of any jobs going at the moment, would love to hear from you) and no, I’m never home. Like I mentioned in my first post, I have really struggled to stay settled since returning from my big trip and I’m not actually too phased by this. I get so much joy from looking at flights and basically planning a whole entire trip and then not going on it. It’s my favourite procrastination activity – I really should become a travel agent hey.

Anyways, the wedding. So, the wedding was in Dunsborough, south of Perth. If Dunsborough isn’t on your bucket list – put it there. This place is amazing!! Apart from attending the wedding (obviously), I spent the weekend by the beach, bike riding, drinking coffee, paddle boarding, kayaking and more coffee. It was just pretty. Like I cant really put it in words – you will just have to check it out yourself!

like how gorg is this beach!!

In this gorgeous seaside town, is a little winery where the wedding was held. It was very pretty and picturesque – like a postcard really! We all had such an awesome night, dancing, drinking, eating, dancing and then drinking again of course. P.S. sorry Melissa for making you keep up with me – I guess not all of us can wake up feeling great!!!!

It wasn’t until Sunday night/Monday morning, where we found out that some bug had torn through the wedding, making a lot of us sick, me included. So, I spent most of Monday morning in the bathroom, by the toilet and then napping on the bathroom floor as I was too weak and sick to go back to bed. Was quite horrible really. BUT, the worst part was that I was actually supposed to be flying home that day. Pretty hard when I struggled to stand/sit up without feeling like I had to vom (gross). Sooo after a long phone call with Jetstar, much contemplation and an excessive amount of money spent, I changed my flight to the next day (thank goodness). And to my happiness, I woke up Tuesday morning feeling a lot better – but accidentally passed on the bug to my cousin Mitchell (sorry!!!).

Congrats again Hayley & Otis – and thank you for letting me be apart of your big day xxxxxx

do I really need a career?

I just want to start off this post by thanking everyone who gave my first blog a read. I am so overwhelmed with all the comments and messages I received from my first post. I seriously thought that maybe 5 people would read it, but I got like 10 (just joking, got a few more than that!!). Anyways, I am super excited for where this is going and I hope you are too!

Last week was my first week back at uni and I am already stressed. I have to admit, I have a pretty chill timetable and only have to be at uni twice a week, BUT this does not mean I have any less work (other education students can agree with this). I have spent this last week organising myself, writing EVERY single due date and important date in my diary and tossing up whether to buy that super expensive textbook or not (will I really use it? Let’s be honest here). My parents can contest that I am a very organised person, but I only stay organised to make myself feel better. Being organised makes me feel like I can do anything. That I am on top of the world. That I will get that HD. But in reality, this is far from the truth.

I work super hard to get decent-good grades. I am that student who spends hours trying to perfect that assignment. Finishing my assignments, a week before they are due (over-achiever), to give me enough time to proof read. This is the aim. This barely happens. But the thought is there. I am an almost last minute assignment writer. As in, I finish the assignment a day or two before it’s due. I’m sure most people reading this can relate to this!


My views of university were challenged when attending college in America. Sorry to any American friends reading this, but college is super easy compared to university here in Australia. However, I found the courses I took to be a lot more relatable, interactive and enjoyable than the courses I have taken here in Australia. Although I don’t 100% agree with the American college system (all those general education courses!!), I think they have it right. Except the cost of college, that is just ridiculous.

BUT my college experience has made me appreciate university here in Australia a lot more. I am super privileged to be able to attend university and pursue the career I have always dreamt about. I’m sure many others (like me), complain, moan and repeatedly say that you’re going to drop out and just work full time (seems like the easier option). However, we should be grateful that we are given this opportunity and take every opportunity thrown our way. If you are able to study abroad – DO IT. If you’re able to volunteer for something relating to your course and career – DO IT. And just enjoy your university/college days. It will be over as soon as you know it and soon you will be forced to become a proper adult and actually work full time and save for a house, car, buy food, pay bills etc. It’s a scary world out there.

there was just something about going to uni in the snow!

Good luck to everyone heading back to uni, school (you should be more than settled in now) or a new job – shout out to you KK, you go girl! XX


an introduction

Hello and welcome! I’m glad you found me – you’re sure to be entering the ride of your life!!

Why have I all of a sudden decided to blog my life? Why would anyone want to know what I am up to? Lying wide awake struggling to get to sleep last night, I had this crazy idea to start a blog. I have always wanted to start a small project like this, to hopefully become a successful, well known blogger (big dreams, I know), and have finally made this small dream into a reality. I have always wanted to become ‘Insta Famous’. How awesome would that be? Like seriously, how does someone just start blogging their outfits and food and then BAM, they have one million followers? (If you have any tips on this, please send them my way!).

I experienced a pretty amazing 2017. I mean, a lot of countries and cities were travelled, a lot of money was spent and a lot of coffee was drank – you will soon learn of my bad obsession with a cappuccino, (I am currently sitting in a cafe sipping away writing this). BUT this amazing 2017, has made me an extremely unsettled, quite sad and unsure 21 year old entering 2018. Unsettled enough to have already booked five holidays before July (help me). Spending four amazing months studying in Buffalo, has left me uncertain and sad. I experienced reverse cultural shock. Having to adapt BACK into the Australian culture, traditions and weather. I thought this would be quite easy, but no. I started to miss the American way of living, the fatty food and driving on the right side of the road. To this day, I still sometimes walk to the passenger seat thinking its the driver’s seat!

But who am I? I have started to explain and write about my life, without actually introducing myself (such a beginner). My name is Courtney and I am currently a poor 21 year old student with big plans and no money (I’m sure many of you can relate). I am currently in my final year of studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary) here in Adelaide. I am a HUGE foodie, very fond of smashed avo (typical) and eating healthy (well I try). My fav dish in the world is stirfry. I just cannot get past the deliciousness of this simple, yet tasty dish. If I was allowed, I would eat this for lunch and dinner everyday (not brekky thought, thats a bit OTT).

Anyways, this has been an extremely weird post, not sure where I was going with this! I am aiming to write a post once a week, discussing all matters of my life. If you have any suggestions of what I should blog about, please share them with me!

Thank you for finding me – I am SO excited to share my life with you xx


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