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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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Snap Happy Sunday // Airlie Beach!

View from the reception of our hotel. <3

As you will probably already know if you follow me on Instagram, this weekend B and I decided to go on a much needed weekend away together to Airlie Beach, which is about 3 and a half hours south of where we live in Townsville.

Neither of us could afford to take a long weekend as we are saving up our holiday leave for our very first overseas trip to Bali towards the end of the year, so sadly we didn't have enough time to explore any of the Whitsunday Islands. It was still a nice little trip though, and we will definitely make sure to explore the islands sometime in the future.

Poolside views from our hotel.
Mountains all around us.
View of some of the hotels from the esplanade.
View from the Airlie Beach lookout.
View from the Airlie Beach lookout.

It seemed that no matter where we were in Airlie Beach, there was always a beautiful view to be seen. Surrounded by gorgeous, lush, green mountains and the deepest greeny/blue ocean, it was like being in paradise.

For the one night we were there, we decided to head to down the esplanade for dinner and a drink. I can't remember the name of the restaurant we went to (bad blogger!) but I do remember that the custom Vegan pizza I ordered was absolutely delicious! Instead of your usual pizza sauce they used pureed pumpkin instead, and it was the most delicious base I have ever tasted in my life.

After dinner we grabbed some snacks and headed back to our hotel to watch a movie. We were both so exhausted from the long drive earlier that morning that we ended up in bed by 9pm.

Watching the sunrise from our hotel balcony.

While B had a little sleep in this morning, I was up at the crack of dawn and was lucky enough to witness this gorgeous sunrise from out hotel balcony. It was so much prettier in real life. Definitely worth waking up early for.

Cedar Creek Falls.
Cedar Creek Falls.

Sadly the beautiful weather didn't last very long, so after we'd finished our buffet breakfast and checked out of the hotel, we decided to visit Cedar Creek Falls which was about a 30 minute drive away from Airlie. I can't remember ever seeing a waterfall this close before, so it was a pretty special experience for me.

Afterwards we bummed around a little bit, then grabbed a second breakfast before starting the long drive back home.

Overall it was a great weekend, and we are really looking forward to hopefully returning next year! :)

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