Lets talk about living more simply

I am currently sitting in a park in Brisbane and this topic came to me. For which I am very glad as this blog is becoming less and less about travel as well… we cant. Speaking of less….

I like living with and owning ‘less’. By doing this I never feel frustrated with clutter AND it’s easy as can be when I decide to move. I’ve lived in 6 cities/towns in my adult life(I am 25) and rented 6 different places- one could admit that she likes to move around.

I really do like this about myself and I hope wanting to live minimally doesn’t change with age.

Don’t keep things/gifts you don’t actually want

Why do we feel obliged? Why would we keep something in our lives if it didn’t have a fundamental purpose? I understand keeping something for a short amount of time, it needs to be appreciated! How lovely that a friend/family member has purchased something with you in mind! But I really think that these items need an expiry date. Therefore I am super against buying small, crappy presents for people I love when I know the gift wont ‘serve’ them. In this case, shout a friend to dinner, go on a hike and have a picnic at the end destination, book an Airbnb to a nearby town + make cocktails together, do some painting and eat cake in the park- I know I personally would rather any of the above! Meaningful, thoughtful + nothing unwanted taking up space in your living area! *On this note also I absolutely keep handwritten cards because A) they’re easy to keep in a bag and out of the way B) they are the bomb/ a rarity/ have oh so much meaning!

Re-evalute every three months

Yep, four times a year sort your sh*t out. Go through your kitchen and wardrobe, oh and that crap cupboard- we all have one. De-cluttering feels oh so good. It’s refreshing and uplifting in my opinion. I have ‘give’ on my habit tracker(that I’ve spoken about in a previous blog) and daily I try to give something, whether its dropping something at the thrift shop if I am walking by, picking up rubbish or making a small donation. Clothes you don’t want? Give them away. That book you know you’ll never read again? Give it away. Point of the story: if it isn’t valuable to you- give it away. Thrift shops and thrift shop customers really appreciate the things that you no longer do!

Be realistic

If something has broken and you tell yourself you’ll fix it, then it’s still sitting in the same place you left it a year ago… broken- throw that damn thing out. If you truly don’t think you’ll repair it/pay someone else to, why would you keep it? Do yourself a favour, lose attachment and throwwwww into(sensible/ eco friendly) bin.

A money related vlog I watched recently had a really great question/quote:

“What will happen if I DON’T purchase this thing/product?”

Imma leave that there. PS: generally nothing happens. :p

Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday! x

6 Recommendations for Airlie Beach!

I recently had the absolute pleasure of visiting the Whitsunday’s! What an area. It really is more beautiful than you could imagine, I hope my iPhone 8 pics do it justice! Here are my top 6 recommendations for Airlie Beach(where we stayed)!

  1. GET ON A BOAT

Any boat! We used the company ‘ocean rafting’ and hands down that’d be the best tour I’ve been on. They were knowledgeable, professional and most importantly- fun! Our tour took us the the hill inlet hike (roughly 20 mins up + 15 mins down) that has a viewpoint of the delicious swirls of Whitehaven beach! There were barely any other people there- it was amazing! We then sank a few drinks at Whitehaven, the weather was perfect as well as the water crystal clear and sand snow white. The silica sits at 98.9%, therefor is the highest/purest sand in the world! After we had lunch on the island(which is included) we cruised over to the first reef and snorkelled for roughly 45 mins- it was incredible, the colours, the fish, the peacefulness. We then hit one more snorkel spot before we cruised home and were home by 3.30PM! This is a must and only set us back $160. A whole day of fun for that price, sign me up!

2. HAVE A DRINK(OR 10) AT NORTHERLIES BAR AND GRILL

This lil beauty even has a courtesy bus to take you on the 20 minute drive out of town. Sitting at Northerlies made myself and my friends feel like we were overseas! Think south east Asia vibes with Australian prices haha. The seafood platter there is OUT OF THIS WORLD(found a new love for sashimi) and the cocktails are most likely the best I’ve ever had. The bar still feels really ruggared but super tropical at the same time. Try the ‘Yu gizz’, amazeeeeee.

Mi Chica’s

3. GO SKYDIVING

I was delightfully shook/scared/crazy excited to find out that my partner had surprised me with skydiving for my birthday YaHoOoOooOo. Best part was that 5 of my friends I was in Airlie with signed up also and WE ALL SKYDIVED TOGETHER! ThE coOlEsT eXpEriEnCe!!!!! Would absolutely do this again. Airlie beach is stunning via land but you get a whole new perspective for the area from above!

The reality of skydiving thru covid
Insane
Airlie main beach

4. VISIT CORAL BEACH

This is a 15 minute walk through the rainforest to end up at a beautiful quiet beach made of, you guessed it… coral! Would say this is possibly more of a ‘local’ secret but so worth the venture! The clearest water and zero crows. Pack a picnic and take snorkel gear!

My Sister and her husband throwing ze coral

5. SPEND THE DAY AT THE LAGOON

The lagoon is right in town and there is room for everyone. Airlie area is a known home for stingers(jellyfish) at certain times of the year, so having the lagoon right in the village centre is ideal. You can take some food down, tan and lax. Its so lovely down there. PS: there’s also a designated pool for the kids ha yay!

6. EAT/TRY/ATTEMPT ALL OF THE SEAFOOD

You are absolutely spoilt for selection of seafood in a place like the Whitsundays. Its all so fresh and beautiful. You pay for it for sure, but worth every cent! I liked seafood at Northerlies, Fish D’vine or the supplier Fishi! One day we bought our own and sat on our killer balcony(Marina shores! The best accom in Airlie) taking in the marina whilst devouring crustaceans and it was perfecto.

Fish D’vine and rum bar
Our view for a week!

Its such a wonderful time up north! Zero international tourists so barely any busyness to put up with, it was fabulous! October is also a great month to visit! Enjoy FNQ x

6 Things to do on Stradbroke Island

Only a 40 minute drive from Brisbane to Cleveland(where you catch the ferry/barge to Dunwich) then onto a 45 minute ferry, its all too easy! Such an accessible little get away from Brisbane and surrounding areas. All you could need on an island- gorgeous walks and sunsets, bars and cafes, bottle shops(ofc) and so much wildlife. Do yourself a favour. Enjoy!

  1. NORTH GORGE WALK

This coastal walk only takes roughly 30minutes to complete but oh so worth it. A decent walk with a few stairs involved but breath taking and many whales and dolphins to be spotted!

2. SPEND THE DAY AT CYLINDER BEACH

This beach is gorgeous. The tides were quite high when we visited which created a lagoon in front of the shore which was perfect for wallowing in and keeping cool whilst having a beer in hand. Sunshine, salty air, beach snacks and beverages. The perfect way to spend any day in my opinion!

3. EAT AND DRINK(AND TOGA) AT STRADDIE BEACH CLUB RESORT

Try the Mai Tai’s and Brisket pizza. Soooo tasty and drinks are reasonably priced. Try to get here before sunset, also ripper view to be taken in.

4. WATCH THE SUNSET AT AMITY POINT

Super lovely way to end the day. Busy little area right near a camp ground. We saw a few dolphins here too. Straddie is riddled with wildlife.

5. HAVE A MORNING YOGA BEACH SESH

Ahhhhh is there anything like a relaxing stretch on the softest sand in the world? Unlikely. The best way to start a great day.

6. SPEND A FEW NIGHTS

If you can! It’s worth it. A day trip will suffice for sure but Straddie has lots to offer. I think a week would be too long personally- but depends what your after!

So lucky to live in QLD and have these slices of paradise a hop, skip and jump away. Get to Straddie this summer and help out the local business’ that need your support!

6 Tips for your early 20’s

  1. Relocate to the other side of the world

This is something I did when I was 20. Flew solo to Canada with a two year visa in hand and everything I owned in a pack- and its still one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I learned how to be independent and rely solely on myself. I learned that I could live off literally no money(but still had money to take a trip every couple months and party a few nights a week… how?!) I learned to put myself out there and start a conversation first because well- what do we have to lose right? And it also taught me how lucky I am to have the family I have. The distance definitely made me appreciate them more, which I needed at that time in my life. ‘Distance makes the heart grow fonder’. I am a firm believer that age is just a number BUT I do think that making a move like this is easier with zero ties/responsibilities/kids/mortgages. Very do-able in your early twenties! I also met my partner overseas that I am still with today. Moving abroad changed my life in many ways πŸ™‚

2. Be a ‘yes’ person

This really can apply to anything. Say yes to taking time off work and going on that road trip. Say yes to a narcotic that you want to try. Say yes to trying a very strange food. We rarely regret saying ‘yes’. If anything as we age i think we’ll have regrets saying ‘no’ to wild and wonderful opportunities that are thrown our way.

3. Move your body

We probably over indulge in a number of guilty pleasures in our 20’s, as were still figuring out our bodies, our metabolisms are most likely at their peak and we also DGAF all that much. But MOVING whether its a workout/jog/walk/hike/swim in the ocean etc. is again something that we don’t and wont regret. As we get older our bodies tend to decline, so lets use this energy wisely now. We are so lucky to be young and healthy. Bounce and backflip around because I doubt we’ll be doing anything remotely active when we are in retirement homes.

4. Go skinny dipping

I hope that I’m skinny dipping when I’m 70. It’s thrilling and fun and feels so free! Our bodies aren’t getting any younger, so be proud of what you have now! Let yo freak flag fly.

5. Don’t overwork

I have been the queeeeen of working as little as possible the past five years. I’ve always made just enough to fund food, fun and flights. That’s all I’ve really desired up until the beautiful year of 2020, #teamnowork. But seriously- I don’t look back at my time and think ‘wow I wish I worked more’ heck no! We are going to be working all of our lives peeps. Absolutely choose exploring, meeting people, having boozy long lunches > doing overtime.

6. Tell your loved ones that you love them

We can’t tell people enough how much we love and appreciate them. The limit does not exist!(Mean girls ;). When they’re gone, holding back our words and feelings is a regret we’ll have! When you love someone shout it from the damn rOoOoOfToPs. Tell your loved ones how you feel, compliment them and hug them. There is nothing more important than human connection and letting people know they are loved. Express yo’self.

7 Mood boosting morning habits

Implementing good daily habits into my routine have been an absolute savor for me during this slow/uncertain/semi-unemployed year. There are so many things that can make or break our day and starting our day ‘right’ makes a massive difference on our moods and productivity! Keep reading to find out 7 of the most beneficial daily habits for a twenty something gal-

  1. GRATITUDE JOURNAL

Being able to actually write down things that we are grateful for rather than just silently going over them in our heads makes a massive difference. When I write out my list in the mornings, (sometimes I will be grateful for 3 things and other times 20- depending on how I’m feeling). I feel a weight off my chest straight away, I just feel so happy automatically that I’m able to list things like “the sun on my skin”, “a bed to wake up in and make”, “a roof over my head”, “how loving and supportive my partner is”, “how lucky I am to have my parents around and the relationship I have with them”, “that I am able to pay my own rent”, “to have access to clean drinking water, all day everyday” etc… once you get writing, the list really can go on for ever. A massive mental health hack is keeping one of these babies and expressing yourself if you ask me!

2. YOGA

Can safely say yoga has changed my life. The breathwork, the movement and mindfulness of it all does WONDERS for our bodies and most importantly, brains. I have just started my 200HR YYT whoop whoop, so this has been keeping me busy also which is an absolute blessing and a half! Whether its 5 minutes in the morning or 50, it is all so beneficial. The mat is such a happy, positive place to be. Youtube videos like Yoga with Adriene(everyone has heard of this queen) are super helpful if you’re lacking inspo that day! Even putting some mellow music on Spotify and having a stretch feels so so good! Can’t speak highly enough of this beautiful practice.

3. MEDITATION

There is a reason that we hear so much of meditation and that’s because it is such a useful tool. I would love to say that I meditate everyday, but to be honest i struggle. I have recently set a goal for myself to meditate for 5 mins on my made bed when I wake up in the mornings. It is something I have to work on but the thought is there and I have intentions to gradually increase my timeframe as I become more familiar/comfortable with the practice! Happy people meditate. Mindset and perspective are everything.

4. BODY MOVIN’

Exercise is an absolute gem when it comes to boosting our moods. There is nothing quite like the post workout high. I must admit some days are SO MUCH HARDER than others. But I get it done and feel proud of myself for it. I generally do a 30minute HIIT/Pilates/Strength workout in the mornings that I have written up myself or again, YouTube! Kayla Itsines and Pamela Reif are great accounts for quick body weight workouts! If you have the space for a yoga mat you really can workout anywhere- no excuses. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

5. CALL SOMEONE YOU LOVE

This is another super important habit to get into. This year we need to be keeping in contact with our loved ones more than ever! It can be a friend you haven’ spoken to in ages or a sibling/parent. Call them, check in and tell them that you love them. Human connection is the most important thing there is, and again- so favorable for our mental health to have a vent/laugh/much needed conversation.

6. READ A FEW PAGES

I really feel like when I read I learn a lot. It can be a few pages or a chapter(I try to read a chapter a day). It can take our minds off unnecessary things, its time consuming and good for our brains. This can be something that you do waking up with your morning coffee or even taking a book to a nearby park. It really is a relaxing ‘habit’ that slows us down.

7. A WALK AND A PODCAST A DAY

Find a podcast that you really enjoy, I like My millennial money, Happy hour, KIC, Oprah and Do you F**king mind as I feel as though they are uplifting and informative. Podcasts also feel a bit like you’re having a conversation with a friend. Aim for half an hour a day(its so nice to get out of the house) Steps + sunshine + spontaneous learning = success.

“Create before you consume” is a quote I heard recently and I couldn’t vouch for it more! Instead of waking up and scrolling or putting on the news to get smashed by depressing media coverage at the very start of a fresh day- have a stretch, take in the sunrise on your balcony, read something, write in your journal, make yourself a nice drink and relax- take it all in, think positive thoughts and just how lucky you are to be here, another day alive and well! There isn’t much else we can ask for!

I have spoken about these habit trackers in a recent blog but a great way to stay on top of your good habits! Keep on fridge! Just google ‘habit tracker’

6 Things I’ve learned attempting plastic free July

Beach covered in plastic rubbish (Lap Sap Wan), New Territories, Hong Kong, China. Reference: matthewwilliams-ellis.com

1. ITS EVERYWHERE

This is something I did realise prior to the challenge but it has absolutely been engrained in me more so now. How’s the guilt walking into the supermarket and seeing more than half of the fruit and vegetables wrapped in plastic(unnessecary) as well as hummus, biscuits, breads, frozen berries, PB, dried fruit, grains, pasta etc etc etc could literally go on forever.

2. Farmers markets are the way to go

This makes such big difference in a number of ways:

-Supporting local business’ which I am so for post Australian bushfires and mid pandemic. They deserve our dollar. Not these overseas multi million dollar companies

-Its better quality and I really do think better budget wise

-A whole lot less plastic, I still see a ridiculous amount of items such as mushrooms in a plastic bag with a plastic tie right next to a paper bag full of mushrooms? But generally I think there is less plastic. I’ve even asked stall holders if they’ll recycle the container/plastic bands if I buy the produce and they’ve been fine with it. Unsure if this is okay during covid but hoorah for less landfill.

3. So many people are unaware

I am 25 this year and i’d like to assume most people I associate myself with (20-35) have a pretty good understanding around single use plastics… definitely not the case. It’s really hard biting your lip/not overreacting because NONE OF US ARE PERFECT. But to see people still getting plastic straws with their drinks whilst out or using glad bags/cling wrap on a daily basis….. WOT πŸ™ these people unfortunately don’t know any better/ the repercussions this has and that’s OKAY. We all could do with more education on this topic but the more we work together and share the knowledge the better off we will be. “Its not about all of us being perfect, but all of us being imperfect” I love that quote. And that is where we will see change.

4. Cornstarch tooth brushes are the BOMB

Again like many other humans that are lucky enough to have the money to buy oral hygiene products I have been buying plastic toothbrushes for years. They say we go through 300 toothbrushes in our lifetime. That’s a whole lot of plastic sticks chilling on beautiful coastlines around the world. I’ve also read that plastic tooth brushes take 400 YEARS TO BREAKDOWN compared to cornstarch toothbrushes taking just 12 months! Bamboo are a good idea too but cornstarch seem to last longer, feel more sturdy and keep cleaner! Personal preference.

5. Let glass jars be your bestfriend

Glass jars are amazing! I’ve been using them for homemade coffee scrubs, pot plants, toothbrush holders, trail mix containers, iced coffee cups, bobby pin accumulators lol and to store all of my dry goods in the pantry! If you can ever purchase something eg: peanut butter in a glass jar over a plastic container- do it! So useful in the long run.

6. Every small difference counts

Pick up that chip packet that is making your left eye twitch or that mcdonalds cup(are they not everywhere?!) on your morning walk. If we all had the mentality ‘someone else can do it’ what would get done?! You’ll feel better for it, our streets will be looking more pristine and mama earth will thank you for it!

Lets all do our bit πŸ™‚

This little thing called life

Life is a wild ride. How many of us have looked up to our parents/people of age when we were younger and thought that ‘they have it all together’. Yeah right, none of us do. This seems to become so much clearer as we get older. Isn’t it funny we just assume with age we’ll ‘sort our lives out’. True to an extent, but I truly do believe we are constantly learning, growing, evolving and changing- and if we aren’t, surely we can’t be living correctly.

On the topic of age and growth, how’s the pressure as we mature? On both sexes. To buy property, have a mortgage, have a stable vehicle, be in a relationship and everything that comes with that(marriage, starting a family etc), oh and career- because every human on this earth will have the same job in the same field for 50 years… yeah right. I personally haven’t felt a crazy amount of pressure as my fam are the bee’s knees and so supportive. But I honestly dread the pressure and questions that are to come as the years pass. The pressure on women especially- to start a family before 30. In my mind 30 is SO YOUNG. 30 years of living(fingers crossed) isn’t even half of our lives!

When I think of purpose, being a mum really isn’t something that springs to mind. Mum’s are EASILY some of the most caring, unselfish, protective and nurturing people on earth; and they do such an unreal job. But I don’t think that is the only reason most females are earthbound. I do see the appeal, but I agree with most women that it ‘comes with age’. It takes so bloody long to figure ourselves out let alone understand our moral compass and values to want to pass on to tiny humans. But then again, when are we ever ready? When is the right time? At what ripe age will we ‘figure ourselves out’? Will we ever? Probably not, and that’s okay. We’re human. And figuring our shit out is all part of this journey.

I’ve found myself reconsidering the questions I ask people when I first meet them. ‘What do you do for work?’ is something that simply doesn’t matter all that much. This is generally something I’ll ask later on in the conversation if it comes up. I feel as though it can make us uncomfortable. Why is that? Why can we feel so un-proud when answering this? As if we were to think the person receiving the answer is about to stereotype or judge. When most of us love/have passion and experience/are really good at what we do! It’s mind boggling! I very rarely see people answer this question with confidence, myself included. I think we all need to change our perspective(+ how we answer this!) just slightly. We should be PROUD of our achievements! And work is one of them lol.

15 or 55, none of us have it entirely together + we can all learn something from one another. Lets reword the questions we ask.

DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP but food for thought. Could I have put any more question marks throughout this blog? Hehe. Have a lovely Thursday!

How to: backpack healthier

I used to think of holidays/trips/vacations as a time to ‘binge’ and ‘eat whatever I wanted’. But when you happen to be away for longer periods of time this gets very old, very quickly. I’m sure we can all agree that food and trying different cuisines is the best part of travel(and the reason a lot of us do!). But when we are making better food choices and not over consuming we do end up enjoying our time away to the fullest extent! Peace out to feeling lethargic when there is so much we want to see and do. Here are a few things I’ve learnt with more recent trips πŸ™‚

  • Eat something green everyday

Definitely not super hard to achieve, and pretty easy to add to one meal of your day- but this will help with the upkeep of essential vitamins and minerals. Have a juice or smoothie with some kind of melon/spinach in the morning or add a side of buk choy to your dinner. So beneficial for our digestive systems and hydration!

  • Stay hydrated

Easy to achieve but also easy to forget. I will admit its harder in countries with foreign water systems(the plastic hurts our hearts, I know) but hydration, skin health and not passing out due to heat exhaustion is important too. Where you can- refill the plastic bottles. And where you cant- purchase and do your best to recycle. I’d even aim for 4 litres of water a day whilst backpacking, so much walking and if you happen to be like me… the occasional cuppla lunchtime beers. Clear spirits with soda and beers are probably your best options if you are going to… over indulge.

  • Rethink over indulgence

I’m all about making the most of free breakfasts at hostels and love a good buffet splurge every now and then. But possibly limiting REALLY over indulging in these free meals to once/twice a week will help curb that calorie intake and getting into a bad routine at the start of the day. Because when we eat shit in the morning= we generally eat shit for the rest of the day. Opt for all of the beautiful fresh fruit on offer, yoghurt and vegetable stir fries/soups if you happen to be in Asia, yummm.

  • Take a pack

Suitcases are all too easy, and kind of inconvenient if your hopping on and off multiple types of transport. Taking a pack travelling means you’re constantly carrying a bit of weight and its keeping you strong. Plus you can put any important documents/extra money in the pocket against your back- ain’t no pick pocketer getting in there.

  • Don’t Uber

We generally have extra time on our hands while we are away(depending on the trip). Walk to and from, you’ll see more of the region you are visiting and more walking= more calories burned= extra room for a second lunch. Cheering.

Hike when you can, swim when you can, go to yoga when you can. Make it a priority to move everyday while being away! You’ll see more of the gorgeous area that you are visiting, it doesn’t cost a cent and your body will thank you for it!

How to: survive a long haul flight

Something I think we’ve all dreaded once or twice. There’s something fairly uncomfortable about being crammed into economy(which lets be real, its most of us- including myself holaaa) for 10+ hours. But unfortunately its something that needs to be done. And half a day flying is nothing compared to the months on the water our ancestors had to undergo to get from country to country… we really don’t have it that bad. But hopefully this blog will give you a few tips on how to make flying slightly more enjoyable.

  1. Decent headphones– I recently got gifted airpods for Christmas(so so lucky) and they are a game changer. They’re so comfortable to wear/fall asleep with and you need something to block out those crying babies(worst)
  2. Podcasts– are an actual godsend on long trips. I find they keep me entertained more than music but download as many podcasts/ playlists that you can before your flight! Don’t rely on the airline to provide you headphones or a screen to watch, a lot of the time they don’t provide what you thought would be provided. Podcasts I am loving are- Happy hour with Lucy and Nikki, Plantproof, KIC and Casefile true crime. They will keep you occupied without a doubt
  3. Baby wipes– not the most eco friendly whatsoever but to give your oily face a wipe over before you land or even use a few on your seat prior. Makes all of the difference having these babies on hand. Hygiene rules
  4. Your toothbrush– speaking of hygiene. Even if you can’t take toothpaste on with you- it’s something. No one like furry teeth. Helps you feel SO fresh and human
  5. Something warm– planes get cold. I always feel cold haha. So i’d be taking a light blanket in my carry on. Because no one should have to pay $20+ dollars for a rug on a plane. Such a rip off. Same goes for neck pillows at the airport. Be organised. Don’t waste your precious travel money
  6. Something to assist with some shut eye– I’ve taken sleeping pills on flights before but haven’t needed them luckily as I’ve realised I can sleep anywhere(hope this never changes ha) but even a valerian tablet/something stronger if you’re worried you wont catch any Z’s. I love taking peppermint or lavender oil on with me too. Even pack in some chamomile tea and ask for hot water. Or even *cough* an edible prior. Get comfy.
  7. Reading material– this is the perfect opportunity to finish a really good book or even grab a few magazines at the store before the airport(half the price). Reading is time consuming, calming and will hopefully put you to sleep
  8. Comfortable plane attire– wear trackpants and a comfy shirt. Or a maxi dress. People that wear jeans on planes cannot be trusted(my worst nightmare). Chuck your hair in a bun and sport a naked face. Get cosy
  9. Water– it sucks being that person that has to ask others to move so that you can go to the bathroom. But being dehydrated when you arrive in a foreign country in a totally different timezone is worse. Take a big bottle ’cause again most of the time airlines wont provide these or charge you an arm and a leg. I once got charged $3.50 for a cup of hot water, tf.

Do your research when it comes to layovers and airline options, and weigh up your time vs money situation. It would be the dream to fly business and not even blink at the price. But I personally cant justify paying 5+ the economy seat. I’d so much rather spend those extra dollars on accommodation, food and a few too many cheeky midday cocktails. I have heard along the grapevine that booking flights tend to be cheapest on Tuesdays at midnight, so maybe give that a go also… Not that many of us will be flying for a while! Man I hope airlines don’t cave and there continues to be competition held within airway companies. Fingers crossed. Things are looking up. All my love x