For those of you who have been waiting for me to write, I’m sorry I haven’t sooner. I will be honest – I have recently been struggling to see the best in everything like I once did.
If you’ve followed my blog from the beginning you will have noticed I have a fond appreciation of the U.K. (having previously lived there for a couple of years), and due to reasons beyond my choice I had to return to Australia. I grew up in Aus, and although it’s where I’m from I don’t consider it to be “home”.
Unfortunately because of this I have been in a constant state of mind where I am wishing to be anywhere but here (not that there’s anything wrong with ‘here’, it’s just not for me).
When I was younger I thought that in your 20’s you should have your life essentially figured out… I can assure you – I’m 23 and haven’t a CLUE what I’m doing with myself…
Life has a funny way of challenging you at the most inconvenient times, but I’m beginning to believe there’s important reasons for that.
As I approach the end of 2017 (and my mid-twenties.. eek) I have made some promises to myself that I intend to keep for the new year, and every year going forward after that (if you’re like me and get slack, let’s do it together):
- 1.Self appreciation/love (I am the worst for this, believe it or not I lack a lot of self confidence and aim to shift it!)
- 2.Educate + nourish the brain (I love books, learning, and gaining new skills! Often times little things in life take over and I don’t get to indulge in mentally stimulating things like I’d wish to. I also studied for several years at university and gave up – but I want to stick at it and accomplish something big!)
- 3.Friendship + kindness (By some miracle I have been blessed with the most selfless, kindhearted and understanding friends any person could ask for. I’d be lost without them. Genuinely. I have also met each of them in the most unique of ways. There’s never a limit to how much kindness you can generate, and from this you will be surrounded by endless amounts of love.)
- 4. Health + happiness (I cannot stress this enough. Your health is the most crucial component of your wellbeing. Going for walks, listening to music, eating healthy – with the occasional treat [or two], dancing in your bedroom [who doesn’t?!]. All of the things that make you happy – DO them. I have recently been such a sucker feeling sorry for myself whilst I sit at home scrolling on Instagram, looking at everyone live their seemingly amazing lives. What’s stopping either of us from doing the same?)
- 5. Getting cultured! (Holidays and traveling: I will never get enough of it. When the world is as big as it is, I am so surprised when people say they’re not ‘interested’ in leaving where they’ve gone up/are from. What a lost opportunity! I crave to learn a second language, try exotic foods, and learn in person how other cultures live. If it wasn’t for my desire to travel, I never would have found myself. I plan to holiday and see as much as I can before I grow old!)
These are five key attributes I wish to live by – and I believe if I manage to do this successfully I will be eternally happy. The reason I haven’t written is because I have failed to carry out any of these points, and as a result gone so far the other way. Waking up each day and not having the motivation to do anything I enjoy is a toxic way to live, and not healthy on the mindset. But, being human, I’m working on changing it.I have a lot yet to learn, but I am excited to do so. I have high hopes that things will fall into place how they’re supposed to.
I appreciate if you’ve been patiently waiting for my next blog post – and I’m sorry it took so long! I hope this explains why I haven’t written as soon as I had hoped to.
Until next time….
I hope everyone has been having a fantastic weekend. Mine was jam packed with hanging out with friends, the weather was perfect in Brissy – so I lived it up in the sunshine!
This morning (it’s Monday here) I’m currently on my commute into work. Super exciting news, I have officially been employed full-time permanently. I can’t quite remember if I mention previous, although I was temping here, there & everywhere since arriving back (the first time) from England. Happy days!
I hope you have a cracking start to the week – remember it is what you make it!
Check back in soon…
Please forgive me, it’s been so long! …too long!
So – prior to my last post, I was organising myself before jetting off to the UK for a month’s holiday. That – and also spending all my waking hours watching Love Island – however now the season’s ended I think it’s safe to say my ability concentrate has returned. It’s crazy just how quickly time flies [when watching trash tv].
I come back not empty handed, though. I figured the only way I could possibly make it up to everyone is by SHOWING you how brilliant my trip was. (See photos below!)
Now that I’ve returned to Oz (and brought my Mr back with me **note final photo**) I have been crazy busy. Driving (to get up my logbook hours lol), exploring, working (lots of working), exercising, eating, breathing… you know how it goes! I can admit I have let you and my poor lifeless blog down. But not anymore! When you have so much going on in life you tend to let the things you enjoy the most get the rear end of the priority list – which is unfortunate but the reality.
Since arriving back in Australia I have pinned down a few must’s to set me on my way. I finally applied to return to university in the New Year (new year/new me – you know)… so I’ve been working full-time to set myself up for when I’m living that bum uni life lol.
Aside from that – big plans are in place! I think I actually ought to write down a list so I don’t forget just what’s happening. But I can guarantee as it all unfolds I will absolutely be sharing it on here!
Although I am getting myself back into the swing of things, my aim is to write between 1 – 2 times a week. That way we’ve got a good rhythm going, yo.
For now I will log off before I start dribbling and writing a 5,000 word essay… BUT I will 100% write before the week is out (you can hold me to that). Thanks for reading, even if you didn’t want to!
The painful reality of writing an entry (ready to publish) to just have it accidentally wiped as you close the app… d’oh! You’d have thought I’d learnt to save things prior to closing them… (my life in high school was often made more stressful due to my lack of doing just that).
I do apologise for not having written any sooner! If it’s any hint from the entry title: my time has been consumed (sadly/no regrets whatsoever) by ITV’s reality television program “Love Island”. Well, that amongst eating/exercising/working/breathing…
To make up for it however, I have a couple of exciting things to share with you! As the weeks whizz by (like seriously where are they disappearing to??!!), I have been knuckling down and trying to set myself on a plan/path of success.
For a long time now I have been um’ing and ah’ing about just what it is I want to do in my life. They pin the whole “career/ultimate life decision” thing on you when you’re about 16 in school – to which, in all honesty, is such a difficult thing to weigh up at that age! I studied at uni for several years before calling it quits and moving to London. Arguably not the most logical decision (from a parent’s point of view) – but in hindsight it was the BEST choice I ever did make!
Now that I have grown old and wise enough (lol) to be able to determine what my strengths are – and where my interests lie, I have finally made a decision. I will be returning to study the beginning of next year! (Did someone say mature age student orrrrr)…(as if I didn’t feel old enough already). But hey, bring it on! I will be aiming high to pursue a career in a field which is something I have always loved; it just took me until now to ask myself “what am I actually doing?”. Unless I was Pam from the US Office (one of my all time fav shows!) I can’t quite put up with working FOH in offices anymore. Onwards and upwards!
ALSO *drum roll*: I will be returning to the U.K. on a month’s holiday in just a matter of weeks! Wooohooo. It has been quite a difficult one being separated from my best friends and my partner for [what will be] just over 3 months; but what doesn’t kill you honestly makes you stronger. It’s been a true testiment of… I guess my own capabilities? And although it seemed impossible in the beginning, I am pleased to admit it’s become much easier as days pass!
So, that’s essentially what’s on the cards in the not too distant future – I can’t wait to share with you what else may be on the horizon (there’s always something!) I also promise I won’t leave it so late to write next time (Love Island will be taking second priority, promise!)
I’m sorry I have been on the DL* recently. I have had a number of things eating away at me! Also, in light of the recent devastating events which took place in the U.K., I have in all honesty been quite far removed; as a place I consider to be my second home – it’s certainly rattled me. It really puts things into perspective when it comes down to it. My heart goes out to everyone who was affected. It’s warming seeing everyone unite, and come together from this. Love (and lots of it) is all we need in the world right now…
On a more upbeat note: today I naively walked around at work with a mass of visibly dry shampoo directly on top of my head (for those of who who have never used it: it’s a miracle / but also unsightly if you don’t apply it properly) this is why you must ALWAYS check the mirror before leaving the house… Luckily for me the office I work in is so large that I think I could have possibly slipped by unnoticed. Well, if I wasn’t working at Reception AKA the the first point of call for anyone who walks in. I was wondering why people were looking at my head funny?
I’ve recently moved slightly further out of the city (and I’ve never been the best with long-distance commuting), so I’m feeling like a grandma when I get in from work and want to dive into bed at 8pm. Hard life, hey?
I will be writing a proper entry within the next couple of days, so if there’s anything you wish to know please don’t feel afraid to ^’Holla@Me‘^!
Until either tomorrow or the following day… stay jazzy!
*DL = down low
To think it’s been a week since I last posted, where does the time go?!
So, before I pick up where I last left off I just want to shout out to those of you who have had a rough/below average week: chin up because things can only get better! At times myself I can get into a bit of a rut and think ‘woe is me’ (let’s face it, we’re all guilty)… but instead of having that negative mindset, focus on what’s going great in your life! Have a planned holiday coming up? Get the countdown calendar going! Things stressful at school/uni/work? Plan yourself some fun upcoming weekends with friends! Remove yourself from anyone who tries to bring you down, doesn’t support you and your goals, or finds something to say to make you second guess yourself: they are not healthy to be around. VITO THEM, PRONTO! *waves goodbye*
NOW! Where was I?… Sooooo, after leaving my exciting life behind in England (I’ll touch base on that next time), I’ve found myself trying to start from the beginning. That’s the thing with holiday visa’s – the holiday has to eventually come to an end (who would’ve guessed?). Where I thought I could run away to London [as opposed to facing adult responsibilities here in Oz], I’ve wound up right where I last ended it. Classic Brit move.
Back in high school we had a driving instructor come in one lesson, and give us the low-down on how to go about obtaining our driving licenses (and the importance of it) yadda yadda ya-yeeeeah well… only if I could slap 15 year old me right now. Getting around Brisbane without a license I imagine is on par (sorta) to trying to get around in L.A. – minus the cool Uber drivers. So basically really difficult!
You may be thinking ‘where’s this going’, and I wonder myself too (lol?)… Essentially, I am setting myself milestones I should have accomplished some years ago. And I am going to let you know how I get on achieving them! So first thing’s first… learning how to drive! If it’s anything like those driving games you see in arcades then everyone on the road’s in serious trouble! But c’est la vie – I will get there soon.
On a completely unrelated topic: I was thinking of sharing with you what I’m listening to/reading/or watching now per blog entry. I love discovering new media, and figure I will share it with those who are also interested.
Until next time…
So, by some extraordinary means you’ve found yourself here on my page. I’m delighted to have you pop by! I’ll admit, prior to yesterday I didn’t even expect to be sitting here writing – but here I am. Essentially count yourself exclusively invited into my world… it’s a lil kooky, and at
timesalways hectic – but if that means I get to offload to you then I’ll be winning/and you will most likely be laughing.
I wouldn’t say I am any different to your average twenty-three year old. Still don’t know where/what I’m doing in life; though still have pretty high expectations… retire by 30, have at least three dogs, be well traveled, own multiple houses in each country I desire… y’know, that kind of thing. Only issue is I have a pretty limited number of years to make that happen, and am also the most indecisive (and at times) *ahem* slightly stubborn… I reckon it’s pretty important to aim high though, right? Like, as long as I have pretty bloody magnificent dreams it will give me the will to live; continue busting my ass working in a dull, crummy nine-to-five job. Life’s short enough as it is, and all that jazz… you know how it goes.
Best I give you a bit more of a run down about who I am and how I’ve wound up here. I’ll keep it short n sweet. Born in Brisbane, Australia (for those of you who know it you’ll know we are a lesser cool city compared to Melb and Syd)…(those of you who don’t know – it’s basically a lesser cool city compared to Melb and Syd). I went to/finished school *miracle*, attempted uni (got bored/dropped out) and moved to London at the end of 2014! Wasn’t lying when I said I’d keep it short.
You’re probably thinking one of two things (depending on where you’re from): ‘Why would you leave Oz to move to the most dreary/rainy country, with minimal sun and bad beaches?’ – aka everyone who ISN’T from Brisbane. Then the rest of you: ‘Why the hell would you return?’
Alright, alright… So it’s not alllllllllll that bad (if you’re retired and are into that suuuuper laid back lifestyle), BUT I’m not. Let’s just say my visa expired and I was moreorless told I had to leave the U.K. – because that’s literally how it went. Against all odds of me thinking I may have been that special exception, and could stay under some new/made up/just for Brittany law, I wasn’t.
Now that you’ve been given a brief outline of my life *surely it doesn’t get much more exciting than that*, buckle yaself in because I’m just about to get started, biatches.