im back…

I decided to take a little break from my blogging. I needed some time to clear my head and become more positive and myself again. I have had a pretty hard past few weeks and have struggled to cope, but a weekend away with family and beginning to walk normally again has cleared my mind and I can say, I am back to my usual self and crutches free! I thought this day would never come!!

But, I thought I would talk a little about fathers day, but particularly, my own dad. For those who don’t know my dad, Peter or PK, he is definitely one of a kind (in a good way!). I have him to thank for my love of cricket, golf, tennis, beer and keeping up appearances (lol). My mum always gets really jealous and upset when dad and I make plans or do something without her, but she doesn’t realise that she probably wouldn’t really enjoy spending days watching test cricket.

I have found it a lot harder this year, being away from both my parents. Although I have lived out of home for four years now, I was always able to go ‘home’, if I needed a break, or they would come to Adelaide to see me. But, they have decided to travel, leaving Brodie and I to fend for ourselves. I got a phone call from mum on Sunday saying they needed a holiday from their holiday and so they booked to go to Bali, where they are now currently siting by a pool in a resort, while I am procrastinating doing my uni work. But, back to the point. I have always been very close to my parents. I love spending time with them, playing sport, going for coffee etc, so it has been very hard to not be able to do this. You don’t realise how good is it having them a few hours away, until you don’t see them for months.

But, PK. I personally think dad has bought me up as if I was a boy. Although, I did dance throughout my childhood, I also did Auskick and Have-a-go cricket. And today, I spend my time watching cricket, golf, footy or old British comedies, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am lucky to have such caring, supportive and just awesome parents, who encourage me to travel the world, live my dreams and just do me. It has been hard being sooo far away (some of us still have to work and study), but it makes me excited for the future (next year), where I can finally move back home, (to save money and have food cooked for me), but also to spend more time with PK and Lis.

Although belated, happy fathers day PK. You will always continue to crack me up, especially when I find your old cricket ‘yearbooks’, hey Kaitlin. You will also be the tea lady, whose hobbies are ten pin bowling and part time employment. I will always aspire to be just like you – when you hit a six after breaking your wrist two balls before, as well as drinking until 10:30pm, before going to hospital to have your wrist plastered. I heard you were plastered before your wrist? Love you xx

 

 

lets chat

And just like that, all my planned holidays are over! During the week, I returned from my last planned holiday and I am actually very sad about it. As you all know, I love to travel and I always like to have a holiday planned or booked. But not anymore. You don’t understand how much this hurts me.

For me, travel gives me something to look forward too. I work super hard to get to do what I do. I get asked, ‘how do you afford to travel?’, like all the time. And no, I don’t have a side business selling drugs, I simply work super hard. At the moment, I juggle two jobs on top of uni. I seriously do not have a day spare. But unfortunately, in order to live up to my lavish travel ambitions, this is what I have to do. And to me, the reward (travel), is what keeps me going! And I need this motivation to complete my last EVER semester of uni. I am actually so excited. I am over it. I do not want to write any more essays on theories that I don’t even remember! Please just give me a job, in a school, where I can be me lol.

I have been preparing for uni today, and have realised this will be my last time preparing for a semester – no way. I have worked super hard to get this far (just like everyone else who graduates with a degree!). University is hard. Studying education, I do not have many contact hours, but the work outside of uni is quite large. I receive a lot of comments from people, “do you even do anything at uni?”, yes I do thank you very much. Just because I am not at uni 9-5, 5 days a week, studying engineering, I still have work to do. In fact, my assignments are HUGE. We plan unit plans (around 6 weeks of work) in one assignment, OR wiring a lengthy essay on theories on how students learn – intense stuff! So yes, I do study (a lot), I do attend uni and I have had enough.

As you are probably thinking, yes I do have large travel plans for the next year lol. Next year will be my ‘gap year’. I decided to not have a gap year straight from school. I think this was a suitable decision for me, as I simply believe I would have not gone back to study. Plus, I never would have met the people I have, both at college and uni. As I was saying, next year I will be taking a bit of a holiday, i’m thinking Camp America and a road trip around the states??? Because, once I get a job, my time to travel will be limited. But I guess I probably will need to work? maybe?

Anyways, I just wanted to say thank you so much for still reading along to my crazy posts! I regularly receive comments from people who have related to a specific post, and this makes me very happy! That is exactly what I want hah – plus it also tells me you’re reading them, which also makes me happy! I am trying to post more often from now on, but lets see how that goes? But I have so much more content that I want to write about, so I better hey?

Thank you so much for reading and I love you all xxxx

im back … but not for long!

After a long, exhausting but amazing trip to Seoul, I am finally back! Don’t get me wrong, I had the best time, exploring a different city and county, trying different food, trying to make our way around the Seoul subway system with no Korean language knowledge whatsoever and making new friends, but I am glad to be home!

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when arriving in Seoul. Would it be similar to Indonesia? Or more like Australia? But it wasn’t different, a good different. The city itself was huge. A very vibrant city. Walking down some of the main ‘shopping’ streets, I found myself comparing to other major cities I have previously visited. I was getting a bit of a New York City vibe to be completely honest – almost as many foreigners roaming around too!

One thing that I will not miss is the food. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed trying different traditional Korean dishes, but I just wasn’t sold. Everything was either fried (chicken, pork) or rice. Nothing in between! I was just craving a bowl of lettuce, because I don’t think I ate one vegetable when I was away. They just don’t exist in Korea. The only way you will consume a vegetable, is when it has been pickled or fermented… not really the way I like to eat my veggies, how about you? I cannot wait to devour a HUGE bowl of stirfry tonight, eating my body weight in veggies! I have never been more excited in my life.

Although I was there for a study tour, it did feel more like a holiday! From the photos I have posted you are probably wondering when I actually did study?? Well, I did hah. Anyways, one of the best things I did when I was away, was taking a K-Pop class! If you have never listened to K-Pop before, do yourself a favour and give it a listen. I guarantee you will be surprised. I am obsessed. Who knew that music in another language could be so great. I have no idea what they are saying, but I like to think people are impressed when I sing what I think they are saying!

I am off to Brisbane tomorrow, because I really don’t like staying in the same place. I am visiting my mum, dad and buddy (dog), who I haven’t seen for a few months! I have been to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, but not for awhile. I am excited to explore more of my own country! I seem to only travel overseas. But we have so much here in Australia to see, I just need to find the time to see it all!

I hope to get back into my normal routine and post more often. Have been super lazy lately, sorry! But for now, it is currently 6:30pm and I am about ready for bed. I HATE overnight flights. Like they wake you up at 4am for breakfast. It is not breakfast time at 4am. Please just let me sleep!  But that is what I am doing now. So thanks again for reading, I hope you are still enjoying my posts! XX

South Korea? No way!

hello and welcome back! I think I might change my posting day to Sunday now – just seems more practical for me now, ya know. I thought I would start with like a little response on last weeks post. So I got quite a few messages from people asking if I was ok – I was fine! The post sounded a little bit more depressing than how I actually was feeling. I guess I just got so caught up with the words that I was thinking and writing and wrote like I was the loneliest person on the planet, but I really wasn’t!

But todays post is positive – I promise! So I am heading off to South Korea on Saturday (yay). South Korea? Why would I go to South Korea? Well, I am actually going on a Study Tour for uni – like how awesome! I was just super fortunate that I was a) given this opportunity and b) actually able to go. So I applied and had my interview for this trip when I was in Buffalo. I remember very vividly having my interview the day I went to a Bills game (American football btw) and we watched the whole game in a snow storm. I was freezing. I have literally never been that cold in my life. Anyways, the cold weather really took it out of me. The interview was 1:30pm (Monday) Adelaide time, which was 9:00pm (Sunday night) Buffalo time. So when we got back from the game, I spent the next hour in the shower to thaw out and then the next three hours napping. I set my alarm for 8:30pm for the interview, had the interview and then went to sleep.

That last paragraph was a bit of a side note, but everyone should know by now that I am a huge advocate for travelling and taking every opportunity that you get. You learn so much about yourself, your country, other countries, cultures, traditions and food, that you simply cannot experience sitting at home. Well you could watch youtube videos, etc, but thats beside the point. What I am trying to say is I take every (well most) opportunities I get. First, Buffalo and now South Korea. What a lot of people don’t know, is that the universities have a lot of money available for funding, grants and scholarships when it comes to these trips. My entire South Korea study tour was payed for (apart from like $100 plus spending money), and I got quite a large grant when I went to America. Don’t get me wrong, you do need to be somewhat financial, as there are added costs which you may not be aware of, however, I truly believe it is better to be poor with money, but rich in experiences. This is the motto I live by, and this explains why I never have a large sum of money in my bank account.

South Korea will be an amazing experience for me, I am very excited to see what it will be like. I think that South Korea is such an underrated country in Asia. You don’t hear of many people heading to South Korea for a holiday. The primary focus of this tour is the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). We will be heading to various schools, kindy’s etc, to see how they incorporate STEM into their school. This will be awesome, as the emphasis on STEM in Australia is insane!

So this will mean that I may not get the chance to post in the next coming weeks. When I return, I FINALLY get to see my bestie Tilly after a year of being apart! But then I head to Brisbane the next day to see my parents, so a super busy next few weeks of travelling for me – remember my life motto? I just cannot help myself!

Thank you all again for reading and for all the messages etc. I truly love that you love reading my posts! XX

rugby

hello friends! guess what? It is Wednesday, and i’m writing a post, what. No way! I have finally found some time away from my busy life (lol) to write this, so I really hope you like it! Side note, as if it is almost June? Where has the year gone? I have almost been back for 6 months and that is crazy. We should totally do Buffalo round 2 @Heidi @Nicola @Hannah @Celine?

I have been reflecting a lot lately on how long I have been back for. Like it actually almost feels like it didn’t happen. Was it all a dream? The other day, my aunty tagged me in a memory on Facebook when I jetted over to Perth for my visa interview, and that was a year ago. When I saw that, I began reflecting on what was going on in my life this time last year. I was on my third year placement, but unfortunately my mind wasn’t all there. I was stressing about my trip. I still hadn’t booked my flights and I had no idea where I was going, a month from when I actually left, talk about last minute!

When I was reflecting, I also began reflecting on my time in Buffalo, especially rugby. For those who don’t know, myself, along with two other foreigners, decided to join the rugby team. I will admit, I was not too keen on the idea in the beginning. Rugby? Me playing rugby? I have never thrown a rugby ball in my life. But Heidi convinced me and I have to say, it was one of the best things I did.

I clearly remember walking over to the field for the first practice. I was terrified. As we were walking, I was thinking “what am I doing”, but then I got there and I couldn’t escape! Everyone was super nice, it was kinda overwhelming, but reassuring. And then the practice started. I remember doing A LOT of running, push ups, more running, burpees etc and thinking, holy moly, I am going to get so fit (and maybe abs?). And then the rugby drills started. WOW. What the hell is a ruck? (I still don’t really know tbh).

After the first practice, I was still unsure if this sport was for me. I was used to netball and tennis, where I actually know what I am doing, not rugby! But there must of been something that interested me, because I went back to the next practice, and then the next one etc.

What I was trying to convey in this post, is stepping out of your comfort zone. I was a very shy girl who wouldn’t do anything. I hated going somewhere alone, I hated talking in front of others and I hated doing something different. But last year, I had to step out of my comfort zone. If I didn’t, I would have had the WORST time ever. Sometimes you just have to do it. Take the risk. Do something different. When I look back, my whole trip wouldn’t have been possible. I traveled alone for a fair bit of my trip. I had to eat out alone. Sightsee alone. Take selfies because no one was there to take photos of me. But I had a great time. I could do what I wanted, see I wanted, eat what I wanted. It was awesome.

After that first practice, I wasn’t sure if rugby was something I wanted to do. But I stepped out of my comfort zone and did it. I made the best friends and was able to experience the ‘real American life’. I am forever grateful for this, for the experiences and the friends, and am extremely happy that the Buffalo State Rugby clubs opened up to three foreigners. We sure did add some diversity to the club!

If you are in a situation and you are not entirely sure, step out of your comfort zone and do it. Unless it’s something bad, that could get you into trouble, don’t lol. But if it is trying a new sport, making new friends or going to a parry and not knowing anyone else – make friends and talk to people! You are all great and will be just fine!

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