Rewiring our thoughts

We hear time and time again that our brains are plastic and can be changed/molded/altered at any stage. We are the only ones in charge of this. And by constantly repeating certain movments, thinking certain thoughts, spending time with certain people etc- our brains begin to be molded. You don’t have to spend too long with someone to start using their mannerisms, speaking the way that they speak etc. It’s incredible really.

When we think to ourselves, ‘I’m broke’, ‘I don’t have enough money’… how do we feel after that thought? Far from wealthy.

What about when we tell ourselves, ‘I’m unintelligent’, how do we feel… not smart thats for sure.

It’s pretty insane the impact that these daily thoughts have on us over our lifespan. This is why I truly think if you’re spending time with people that are contantly picking at your flaws, we start to believe them, even when they weren’t something that we were insecure about in the first place! Our thoughts have SO much control.

I remember being an 18y/o and looking in the mirror, thinking to myself ‘I’m just a bigger girl, its the way I am, I accept it’ thinking back to this it makes me SO SAD. Firstly it was so untrue, secondly I wonder if this was I statement I came up with or if it was almost offered to me when I was younger. Thirdly, self pity does nothing for us. I was absolutely not super over weight anyway, chubby sure. But what even is chubby, what is a bigger girl? Labels get us no where. Drinking too many sugary alcoholic beverages, over indulging all too often, big portions, very rarely moving my body is probably why I felt the way I did. I wasn’t doing anything to make myself feel like a healthy human being- thats for sure.

When you make it an effort to meal prep, eat colourful foods and stay hydrated, you become someone that cares about what you put in your body

When you make the effort to go for a run, you become a runner

When you start to pick up a book before bed and read a few pages, you become a reader

Tell yourselves these things. Celebrate them.

‘We are what we eat, the company we keep + the thoughts we think’… πŸ™‚

Lets catch ourselves out next time we have something unconstructive to say about overselves, because hey, this is something we all struggle with! Catch you self doubt.

Loooooove. To a wonderful week. Tully x

Things I’d recommend looking for in hair products

Australian made

An obvious one but we should all really be on this bandwagon by now. We need to be supporting local Aussie business’ to keep them going. Kevin Murphy and De Lorenzo are winners here.

Sulphate and paraben free

It has actually been de-bunked that sulphates and parabens in shampoos, conditioners and masques(with sulphates and parabens in their ingredient list) can seep into the scalp and become harmful- they actually cannot. So I don’t think this is the be all end all… BUT if something is sulphate and paraben free I would much prefer that option over something that isn’t. Less additives the better. I also find sulphate and paraben shampoo can make my eyes sting when washing my hair in the shower.

Value for money

Hair products have never been such an investment. There are so many different brands, ranges and varietys aka: alot of competition on the market. I personally wouldn’t purchase a $5 shampoo from the grocery store as I know it won’t perform like a $40 bottle of shampoo will. I will also never purchase a shampoo bar, eeeeeek. It may seem super expensive when you first purchase salon quality home haircare but lets say you take home a $42 bottle of shampoo as well as conditioner= $82. This should last you atleast three months as long as you arent over washing/over using the products. Less is more. It ends up being less than a dollar a day to be looking after your hair as well as protecting your colour. And you shouldn’t be washing daily anyway! I see value here a thousand times over. But then again its where YOU see value for money.

Performance in the product

Whatever home haircare you have purchased SHOULD be performing as it says it will on the bottle. If it is stating colour lock/longevity, hydration, shine, volume, colour correcting etc- it should really be acting this way towards your hair. Hopefully your stylist has selected the right range for you to be using and the product is doing what it says. Like any product on the market we do need to do some research/put products to test first, so patience may be required here. But talk to your stylist, pick their brains, ask for a sample to take home. We are happy to help!

I will see you in the next blog! Tully x

My Cooloola Great Walk experience!

Early last week I arrived home after completing the Cooloola Great Walk with two really good friends. The great walk is 102 kilometers over 5 days. We walked from Tewantin (just out of Noosa, Queensland) to Rainbow beach. You can walk vice versa but I LOVED finishing in Rainbow as it is probably one of my favourite places in the world. The walk was lengthy, tough, mentally and physically exhausting, blister ridden, beautiful, challenging, scenic and blissful all in one. It was a JOURNEY thats for sure. I am so so glad we did this, it’s really important to get out of our comfort zone sometimes. Below is my Cooloola Great Walk experience as well as a few reccomendations, enjoy!

DAY 1

We started at roughly 9am on our first day and staight away went to the DOC hut to get ourselves a lil map so we wouldn’t get lost(we didn’t!). We took the barge over the Noosa river for $1 and started walking from there. This was just over 2k from the start of the walk(we wanted to get extra steps in, JK). Majority of the first day was all along the beach which was so exciting and gorgeous for the first couple of hours but this ended up being maybe 10k walking of the flat sand and our feet definitely started to feel it. After the first 8k I would totally recommend to get off the coast and head towards the sand dunes to follow the track from there as the post with the orange arrow is quite hard to find here. On this note I also wouldn’t take advice from anyone on the beach. North shore is a really busy and populated area with loads of cars and people. The amount of comments/questions we were getting from 50+ year old males(wankers) were unsolicited and we really didn’t need a debrief from people that hadn’t actually had any experience in what we were doing LOL. We couldn’t wait to head inland and get away from civilization πŸ™‚ this was a 7.5 hour walk day and we walked 22k. We made it to our first camp Brahminy at 4pm and IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL! We were the only ones there which made it even more special. Our view from the camp was the ocean to the right and lake Cootharaba was on the left. It was so so pretty.

Brahminy camp night 1

Every camp was very basic. They have a few platforms which is more of a common area, to be able to cook food, leave your bags on etc. as well as a water tank, and a toilet. There are absolutely no showers or trash cans.

We slept well the first night. It was probably one of the coldest nights we had and we slept with our food in our tent which we soon realised we wouldn’t do again as there were rats that found interest, LOL. Speaking of sleeping arrangements. My friend and myself shared a tent and I’m glad we did. She carried the tent the whole time, buff bish. And needed the body heat. The coldest it got was probably 9 degrees, cold for us though. I had a sleeping bag as well as a liner(cheers mum) and the liner really helped with warmth and comfort. I also slept on a compression mattress(cheers dad) and its bag turned into a pillow. Very simple but effective set up. Next time I’d probably invest in a better quality/smaller sleeping bag IF I knew I’d be doing more of these kinds of adventures and I’d take a better pillow as we had quite long sleeps. There definitely isn’t a whole lot to do once you’ve eaten dinner and the sun goes down. We were in bed by 6 and up at 5.30 most mornings.

DAY 2

The second day was most likely my least favourite as there was unexpected incline and it just felt like a long day getting used to the weight on our backs(mine was about 13kg) and so much walking. It did have stunning views of the coast line which was amazing but again was a 7.5 hour walk day including a lunch break. Campsite number 2 was Litoria and was on the Noosa river but felt kinda swampy so was probably my least favourite campsite of the trip. The only time we shared a campsite was this night with two lovely local ladies. We only saw 3 people over the WHOLE 5 DAYS and they were all female, up the chicks.

Whenever the walking felt hard I found myself snacking. Snacking or talking would take the pain away from us thinking about our feet LOL. Snacks that we took and I would recommend are: snakes, trail mix of nuts, banana chips, mnms, dried fruit, we made heaps of bliss balls which were the best thing ever. They were heavy but did not get sick of them, they gave us such great energy. You also really want to have all of your food in big clip seal bags due to the fact there are no trash cans so what you take in you have to take out. We did a really good job with our rubbish and kept things really minimal.

Walking the sandpatch on day 2
So many different terrains

DAY 3

This was probably one of the most enjoyable days on our hike as it was only a 15k day and we made really great time. We arrived at camp just after lunch and once again had the place to ourselves. The trek this day was soooo breezy and cinematic. The trees swayed the whole morning, it was beautiful. Considering we had the time when we got to camp we decided to walk to a nearby lake that was 5k return. I am glad we did this simply because we HAD the time but don’t know if those extra steps to go and visit Lake Cooloomera which was basically a pond with no access was worth the energy LOL. It makes a good story now. A friend said this was ‘decompressing after our walk’. Walking, walking and more WALKING. I feel like most hikers on this track do head here- hoping for somewhere to swim! We slept more or less downhill at Litoria camp so we didn’t get alot of wind this night- had a really great sleep.

Hiking to Litoria camp

DAY 4

This morning we woke and watched the sunrise with mocha’s as well as had a stretch, best start to the day! Day 4 was another 20k day that I was lowkey dreading but we had a great pace on us and it went fairly quickly. It was another 7 hour walk day but threw in a few podcasts and dnms and the hours flew. We saw heaps of cool mushrooms this day. Day 4 had a bit of a Cairns rainforest vibe to it. Super lush, green and tropical. We arrived at the fourth camp feeling relieved and happy to rest our feet but Kauri walkers camp wasn’t the best on the track and we didn’t overly struggle with mosquitos on the track but they were bad at Kauri. We made a team decision to walk a few extra K to some water that we’d heard about. Best. Decision. Ever. This was our biggest day yet at 26k’s but it was so rewarding getting to go to sleep and wake up where we did. Camping under the stars this night was the best end to this adventure.

Home for the night

DAY 5

We were all STOKED to wake this day. We’d almost completed 100k! We knew we had a short morning which was so motivating. We started quite early and got to the sandblow overlooking Double Island and Rainbow Beach by 11am. It was so strange seeing other humans again. Getting to the sandblow felt like such an achievement! Once you get to the carpark which is where the hike ends you still have to walk into town which isn’t far but feels like a kick in the guts when you are SO READY to take your shoes off. We went straight to a cafe and treated ourselves to coffee. I cant even explain how good it felt to shower that day, drink something other than tank water(a freezing cold beer) and sleep in an actual bed with an actual pillow! I was so proud of myself and my friends and there is no one else I would have preffered to have had this experience with. As cliche as it sounds- it’s amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to it. Some mornings EVERYTHING hurt, but we just kept going. And I think this is where having supportive mates on a hike like this really helps out. Couldn’t and wouldn’t have done it without them. Mindset and the people we surround ourselves with are two of the most imporant things, ever. Also kudos to our bodies for their resilience, day in day out. If you are after an overnight hike and really want to challenge yourself while viewing some of the best coastline our country has to offer- do the Cooloola Great Walk πŸ™‚

Recomendations:

  • I personally loved starting from Tewantin rather than the other way around. Especially starting with a bigger day the first day. Im sure north to south is just as stunning! I had been told to start from the north due to the sun but the sun really wasn’t a problem
  • Speaking of sun- we were very sun smart. Zinc every morning on our faces and upper bodies as well as sunglasses and we all wore hats
  • I took three sets of clothes and this felt like plenty. One longer sleeve shirt was great for bigger walking days to protect my arms from the sun
  • Three pairs of good hiking socks was enough. They dry super quickly and we hung clothes out as camp most nights
  • Dehydrated meals are tasty. I’m sure we could have eaten mud and thought it tasted amazing post massive walk days but they were really good. We took the brand Outdoor Gourmet with 2 servings per packet and had these for dinner everynight
  • Oats are a winner for breakfast. Filling and can change them up each day with PB, protein powder, nuts, dried fruit, hey even a bliss ball!
  • Downsize your bag as much as possibly. The three of us packed so well considering we hadn’t done anything like this before. None of us took anything we didn’t use. Don’t double up on anything! It’s a waste of space.
  • In terms of hygiene- baby wipes were an absolute delight to have with us. Hand sanitiser. Deoderant and a toothrush were the extent of my cleanliness. Don’t do this hike if you’re afraid of getting dirty and smelling. I repeat: there are no showers.
  • We had a ripper first aid kit(shoutout Ranger Rose). You can’t take too many bandaids/blister pads. You’ll need them. If anyone had any blister avoidance tips I would love to hear them
  • Invest in good socks, they are worth the money. I got half merino and half bamboo! So comfortable and breathable
  • Take something to add to your water. BCAA’s, or something simular to give you energy and change up the standard tank water taste
  • You’ll need water purification tablets. This is an easy process and rather be safe than sorry
  • Have SOMETHING downloaded on your phone. A show, music playlist, podcast. This really helped me.
  • A 2L bladder of water was personally enough for myself for a day
  • Water and food are the heaviest additions to your pack and these two things are totally necessary so reduce weight if you can with gear/clothing
  • A poncho is really handy to take(shoutout TC) if it rains or to wrap your pack in overnight. Every night was super dewy
  • May was such a great month to do this hike. I don’t think I would enjoy it as much in summer. The mornings were so snug and comfortable. We really didn’t sweat a whole lot
  • What you take in you must take out. DO NOT LEAVE ANY LITTER BEHIND. This is one of the most pristine areas I have ever come across. It needs to stay this way. Be smart before you leave and pack in as little rubbish to your pack as possible before hitting the track
  • Take a head torch, these are helpful
  • Something like tea or hot chocolate is really lovely to pack also for cool mornings
  • We took a jetboil to boil our water for our meals and it was wicked. If you can afford one would recommend. So compact
  • Take a pair of shoes to wear at the camp. You don’t want your feet in boots anymore than they have to be. I took lightweight thongs and i’m so glad I did because I even used these on the track when my feet needed a break
  • Next time I’d take an essential oil spray or something simular to freshen up clothes, bedding etc
  • I would invest in a good quality and compact caming pillow for 4 nights on this track
  • A friend took a flask of rum and this wasn’t necessary but put a bit of pep in our step when we were feeling flat
  • Take bathers to swim in Lake Poona, it has white sand all around and is so beautiful!
  • Obviously let a few people know that you are doing this hike prior to leaving
  • Don’t listen to dickheads on the beach that haven’t participated in this walk
  • Take a rain jacket- just incase
  • I took a 40L backpack and this was a great size for me
  • Hiking boots with ankle support are a good idea as tghere is some incline/decline
  • A piece of string to use as a clothesline is super helpful
  • Giant clipseal bags will be used
  • Keep an open mind and appreciate the simplicity
  • JUST ENJOY IT!
Epitome of the CGW
So lucky to have had this experience πŸ™‚

“Smooth sea’s do not make skillful sailors”

Heck no they don’t. I was talking to a client recently that had lost her mum- and we basically got onto the topic of these dark times bettering us(eventually). Going through these horrible and tragic times and making us better people in the long run. There is so much truth and benefit to this even when we generally don’t realize at the time. When these unexpected, tough times happen; 9 times out of 10 we grow from them. And that results in being able to comfort other humans when they are experiencing something we have previously experienced- which is a beautiful thing in itself. What a wonderful skill to know fully(debatable) how the person talking to you is feeling. Light at the end of the tunnel, if you are going through something tricky right now, you’ll most likely really help out a friend of yours one day… πŸ™‚

To a wonderful first week of March x

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 Of my all time favourite quotes

Quotes that I find inspiring and uplifting if ever in need. You know those quotes you hear or read and they just ‘make sense’? These 6 quotes are those for me, enjoy!

Be the energy you want to attract

Starting it off with a bang. I loved this quote when I first heard it about three years ago and its stuck ever since. I really make a conscious effort now when I meet people to introduce myself first, be confident, happy and make positive conversation. We tend to mirror mannerisms and habits of other people, so I feel like this is the best way to be when briefly ‘meeting people’. I really try and be as uplifting as possible when I’m around friends and family also. It makes a difference.

Getting it done is better than doing it perfectly

This can apply to so many different aspects of life. When we try, attempt or give anything a go at least we’ve put in the thought and followed it with an action. Sometimes we can really overthink things instead of just starting, and we’re all going to fail at things- it’s called life.

We are what we eat and the company we keep

This truly couldn’t be more accurate. Who we spend our time with deciphers a lot about our attitude, the activities we partake in, the language we use etc. ASWELL as the food/fuel we put into our bodies. We eat potato we look like pOtAtO… You get my gist πŸ˜› Good food and even better friends/family are important!

Lions don’t lose sleep over sheep

One more time for the people in the back! Why have some of us had sleepless nights thinking about shitty people and/or scenarios? I think we’ve all been here. What a waste of worrying, stress and most importantly… ZzZzZz’s haha. People that don’t mean anything to us are just that. Irrelevant. Not worth a thought πŸ™‚ You’re a LION! Reow

Nothing lasts forever/never say never

You could take this quote as either optimistic or pessimistic but I think of it as both. Its hybrid. Bad times never last but unfortunately neither do the good. Everything in life is impermanent. It ebbs and flows. Nothing stays the same forever, things change with time. I also love ‘never say never’ as life changes so do our outlooks! We should always be evolving.

Why not

Plain and simple. I adore this quote. Whenever I am in an ‘I need to toss a coin’ situation, (which really, we know the whole time which side we’d rather the coin to land on) WHY NOT always crosses my mind and that’s just it. Always reminds me of the movie Yes man. Life is all about experiences, taking risks and making spontaneous decisions. Our time here is too short.
WHY NOT

The affect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is”

Jim Carey’s graduate speech. Immmma leave this right here. Nothing has more importance than human connection and most of all kindness!

Thank you for reading! I’d love to know a quote that you live by?! Love you Dad πŸ˜‰

6 Things I love about Australia

Gods country, right? Aren’t we lucky to have these wide open spaces, breathable air and some of the freshest produce around. A big country with a small population and ALOT to give.

  1. What is a crowded space?

Unless you live in one of our 7 main cities, Sydney being the most populated at just under 6 million(hard to believe) you probably won’t feel claustrophobic all that often. I’d like to think alot of Aussies dont even have neighbors, lol! So much space to roam, camp, frollick and have beaches to yourself. It’s such a free feeling and i hope this doesn’t change anytime soon, We’re such an island.

A map of Australia, with not much surrounding it. Europe can fit into our country comfortably. Source: annamap.com

2. Our beaches

Are like nowhere else… We don’t have many different ‘textured’ beaches like black sand or pebble beaches. But is there anything more perfect than a white sand beach with sand so high in silica that it squeaks? We are pretty lucky. A warm late 20degree day, some fresh fruit, a few beers and LOTS of sunscreen, heaven. And like I mentioned before, it wouldn’t be unheard of to have the beach to yourself. My favourite beaches are Rainbow beach/Double Island(QLD), Fraser Island(QLD) and Cable Beach(WA). All of these beaches never disappoint and are so relaxing so spend a few hours at. Apparently if you visited one Australian beach everyday it would take over 27 years! That’s a lot of exploring to be done. Also notice so much less pollution than beaches i’ve visited O/S, we aren’t perfect though and when we see anything that doesn’t belong on the coast we should always take it with us- hey πŸ˜‰

Stairway to heaven. Sunshine beach, Noosa, Queensland.
Fishing at a beach in Broome, Western Australia.

3. Our coffee

Again I think we create better coffee than anywhere else I’ve been. You’ve probably heard the term ‘coffee snobs’, yep that’s us! So much love, skill and pride is put into barista work here in Australia… aaaand we pay a lot for it! But hey its worth it. An airport almond cappuccino was my absolute priority when I flew in from North America(years ago, tear).

Have had a few coffee’s doing this beautiful national park walk. Talk about the most enjoyable morning workout- ever.

4. The people

Australians are fun. Australians are laid back. Australians don’t mind a cheeky party. Australian love to travel. Tick x4. Is there anything more you’d want out of a person? I really do mean it though, I’d like to think we’re a helpful and friendly bunch. If you were stuck on a highway/needed directions I’d like to think majority of the country would go out of their way to help in some shape or form. I also love that no distance seems too far- maybe not everyone has this outlook but being from the outback a 5 hour road trip for one night is nothing! Count me in.

A photo of my brother on a local river in the Northern Territory. He’s going to love that I put this here. You’re welcome. PSA: this bloke would absolutely pick you up if you had a flat. He’s a good one x

5. Endless summers

The weather I’d say is up there with reasons people move to/stay in Australia. We very rarely cancel plans due to snow storms/hail showers etc. The sun is basically always out(ok this may not be true in all states, but in QLD it sure is) We complain when jeans and a long sleeved shirt are required for a day out, lol! Wouldn’t go swimming at a local beach during the winter when its 25 degrees though, if you did this I’d consider you mentally unstable x

Tallebudgera creek, Gold coast, Queensland… swoooon.

6. Difference in states

Going to a different state is like headed to another country. They are all so unique and individual in a good way! Headed to Kangaroo island, South Australia? Heck no. Most Australians probably haven’t been! But Las Vegas… sure! It really is the case, haha so ridiculous. You really could spend your lifetime travelling this gorgeous, vast continent. Just ask any retired Australian 60+ or foreigner under 30 :P. We could all put more effort into seeing our backyards, now that we can’t- don’t we all want to?!

An enjoyable read, sunshine and rock pools. Sunshine coast, Queensland.

Australia is bloody beautiful though and if you haven’t been you need to! Our borders will be open all in good time, and when they are- we cant wait to have you!

6 Self Care Tips

This year more than ever we are starting to value our health and wellness… well i’d like to think so anyway!

Here are 6 tips to put to use after a stressful day, an unproductive day and just about everything in between. “If you don’t do things to keepΒ your cupΒ full, you have nothing left to give or share withΒ others“. You deserve it.

  1. Take a bath

Probably something a lot of us millennials don’t do. But a warm bath with a candle, your choice of relaxing music and a few drops of lavender/some epsom salts/a good coffee scrub. Mmmmm. So luxurious. Even if its only 10 minutes. Warm baths lower our blood pressure, improve our circulation and help us fall asleep easier. Win, win, win.

2. Treat your skin

Whether you have a facemask at home, or if you don’t you can make one using oatmeal and honey, (cinnamon optional). Face masks make us feel like we’re at a spa. Go all out and add some cucumber slices to your eyelids. Lay down for ten minutes, breathe deep and laxxxx.

3. Listen to your body

Somedays movement sounds like the worst thing in the world. BUT 99.9% of the time we feel better after doing something. Take your dog for a walk(dogs are self care), stretch for 5 minutes, IF you feel like it do a workout. We are the ones in control of our bodies and doing something physical for US is a great start to self care.

4. Make yourself a nice drink

Get in the kitchen and create a beverage that you enjoy. For those of us that don’t have juicers, a nutrient rich elixir can be made by putting carrot, lemon + beetroot into a blender and then straining it with a clean cloth works a treat. Or some form of smoothie with nut milk, banana, something green, even cacao. I personally don’t think there is anything healthier than a drink like these. Go and sit in the sun and enjoy. Take some time out. (And if it really is one of those days, whip out that bottle of gin…. I joke… or do I…)

5. Write

This would have to be one of the most helpful tools in my book. Pun intended? Ever talk to a friend about a ‘problem’ and then realize how silly/overdramatic/insignificant that ‘problem’ really is? Yeah me too. I find the same when I write. Once these issues are on paper they seem very small. Express yourself in a few sentences, list things you’re grateful for, talk to yourself through your writing! I promise it’ll take the edge off.

6. Turn off your devices

Seriously, some days(myself included) we WAYYYY OVERUSE our devices/phones. Take a break. Scrolling is exhausting. Our poor eyes. Turn everything off for even a few hours. Read a book in the sun. Give yourself a foot massage with some coconut oil/essential oils. Go for a hike. Social media isn’t going anywhere.

Thank you for reading! I hope we’re all taking self care seriously during this time. The more we take care of ourselves ultimately ends up being more to give to others. All of my love!