Sunday, 1 May 2016

Instagram Vs Reality // Part 3.

It's been a while since I last did an Instagram Vs Reality post, so I thought today would be the perfect time to share another one. Most of my Instagram posts have been a lot more natural lately, so this is why I haven't shared one of these in a while.

Instagram: Poolside views. *cocktail emoji*

Reality: Overcast weather, saved only by a pretty filter. Taken first thing in the morning before the pool was open to get an unobstructed view. Didn't even bother to swim in the pool the entire time we were there.

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Instagram: Sunday night strolls by the water with my loves. *love hearts emoji*

Reality: Went out for chocolate sorbet followed by a brisk walk with B and the dogs. Had to yell at B twice to slow down so I could stop and take both of these photos. Had a stranger yell out at us at the beginning of our walk telling us how stupid he thought our dogs were. Spent the rest of the walk mentally abusing this stranger in my head.

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Instagram: Cardwell Jetty. *love heart emoji*

Reality: Drove to this jetty from Townsville to pick up my Mum who had been visiting a friend. Ran out from the car park in the middle of the rain to take this photo. Ran back to the car, soaking wet, and later applied a filter to make the photo look slightly less depressing.

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Instagram: Long winded rant about why people shouldn't support the dairy industry.

Reality: Took about a thousand photos trying to get Gordon the calf to look at the camera. In the end I had to settle for this photo. Totally worth it though. :)

If any of you guys would like to join in with this series, feel free to share your own Instagram Vs Reality posts in the comments section below!

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

What Drives Me.

If you're a long time reader of this blog, the answer to this question shouldn't surprise you. If you were a stranger though, and you asked me this question in person, the answer would most likely take you off guard.

Since finishing my degree in Primary Education almost three years ago now (wow, I'm getting old!), and especially since moving up to Townsville, I am constantly being asked by people "so what is it that you do?" or "what are your goals in life?". To be perfectly honest, I hate being asked these questions.

Let's start off with question number one. What is it that I do?

The reason I hate being asked this question is because in the society that we live in, I am going to be judged big time if I actually spoke the truth. Do I tell them I work part-time as a checkout chick? Do I care to explain further that I started doing this to supplement the once small income (now almost obsolete income) that I was getting from my blog design business? Sure, it's pretty cool that I created my own business from scratch, made it all legal, etc. but if it's really more of a hobby than a career then is it even worth mentioning? And what about the things I do outside of my part-time jobs? Do I tell people I run my own 'Pretty Little Liars' facebook group and instagram account? Do I mention the fact that I have something like five different instagram accounts, including one for my dogs? Do I tell them that I'm an aspiring YouTube content creator, but that the only videos I have put out so far are TV show theory and reaction videos because I'm still not quite confident enough to speak passionately about something that actually matters? Do I tell them that I'm a massive procrastinator, even when it comes to doing things I enjoy? Do I tell them that I'm a master budgeter, even if I don't have all that much money to manage in the first place?

How about the next question. What are my goals in life?

If I said my number one goal in life was to be healthy, wealthy and capable enough to birth 2-3 children naturally before the age of 35, would that be a suitable enough answer? If I said that I didn't give two hoots about ever having a career of my own, would that make me appear lazy? Is wanting to be a stay at home Mum who works part-time while the kids are at day care a few times a week aiming too low in life? Is it wrong that I am basing what I am doing right now on what I want to have happen 2-3 years from now? Is settling for part-time work currently really settling? Or am I simply being smart about things, by preparing myself for the type of income we will be dealing with as a family once we start having children?

These are the types of things that go through my mind when people ask me these questions.

Perhaps I should start being more honest in future. I mean, who knows, maybe someone asking could be feeling the same way?

This blog post was inspired by Erin from Two Thirds Hazel.

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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Five Years of Blogging!

Wow! Can you believe it's been five years today since I first sat down and started up this blog? Where on earth has the time gone?

I remember that when I first started this blog I had just moved out with B, and was feeling particularly optimistic that we would soon be getting engaged, married and starting a family. I wanted to create a space online where I could document these milestone events for us all to look back on one day.

However, as is what usually happens when you make plans, things didn't exactly go the way I had hoped. We're still not engaged, we're still not married, and we still don't have kids. We still haven't been overseas or purchased our first home. I am still not totally happy with, or decided on, when it comes to my current career. But that's just how life goes.

Rather than focus on what hasn't happened though, let's take a look at all the things that did happen in the past 5 years as documented on this little old blog of mine:

- We managed to live together for 5 whole years without killing each other (haha!)
- We welcomed not just one, but two miniature dachshund puppies into our lives
- I graduated with a bachelors degree in Primary Education, and Ben graduated with a bachelors degree in Medicine and Surgery
- I started my own blog design business and worked with some top name clients
- My Dad and his partner Judy got married, and my baby brother Lucas was born
- I said goodbye to toxic friendships and made some healthy new ones
- I finally got to be a bridesmaid! Childhood dream achieved right there ;)
- I managed to grow my hair out without getting any major changes made to it
- I officially opened my YouTube channel to the public and started uploading weekly videos
- I became an ethical (and soon to be health conscious) Vegan, and gave up "dieting" forever

Sure, I may not have achieved as much as I wanted to, or the things most important to me yet, but perhaps that's a good thing? Because that means I still have all of those things to look forward to! If there's one thing I've learned in the past few weeks, it's that having something to look forward to is just as important as having memories to look back on. For example, B and I are currently planning and saving up for our very first overseas holiday to Bali in August/September, and now every day that I get up for work or get called in for an extra shift I no longer see it as a mundane chore, but instead see it as getting one step closer to reaching one of our future goals.

So I guess if there is one thing we can take away from this blog post, it's that we should look for the positives in every situation. Things happen and plans change, that's life. Go with the flow and enjoy where life takes you.

If you'd like to read my first ever blog post, you can check it out here. :)

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