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™‚

Growing up remote

Dundee beach, NT.

I remember being in Canada and having people say(Australians mind you) “wow its crazy that you’re from such a small town and you’ve ended up/come all the way here”…… Ummmmmmm. Excuse me Mr. Melbourne’?(I still hear this in Brisbane, sigh). What the heck is that supposed to mean? Is that a compliment? An insult? Just something that people have not thought through before they’ve spoken? Why would me travelling abroad to live in another country be any different than my other Australian/foreign friends from cities/larger areas of the world? It’s kind of mind boggling. I had access to an airport, it wasn’t a 30minute uber away(you poor city slickers), but it was do-able. I had a good job, income(you generally make a better wage remote- der) and DESIRE, DRIVE and a massive WANT to go and live overseas, too. A few things stand out to me here. A massive one(which I’ve probably realized more with age) is:

Interest:

When people say these, sometimes seemingly raw comments; they are generally just interested. I get it. Sometimes we can take these ‘unfiltered’ if you will, things the wrong way but it is really cool that strangers show interest in our lives. It’s cool they care! It’s great having a conversation with someone that is from somewhere you haven’t visited, you want all of the information you can get. I know I do!

Possibly Spitefulness?:

Australian’s are well travelled. But when it comes to our own country I definitely think we could visit/learn/be more educated about certain pockets of our island. I do think where I am from originally(which is Katherine, Northern Territory, 3 hours south of Darwin- I’ve actually had an Aussie ask me where Darwin is located before- wow…) is quite misunderstood. Not many people I know personally have visited- but everyone has an opinion. We all have a voice these days, especially on the internet- (aka me on this blog, lol). Anyway, I often do feel like spite occurs when chatting to people that aren’t from a regional area.

In saying all of this, I am not from the most remote, isolated place in the world. I grew up in a town of 10,000 people. Small for sure. But It had everything you needed to survive. A grocery store, a few schools, a hospital, sporting opportunities(hated sport, catch me anywhere but there). It was a great up bringing- I grew up with three siblings and parents that are still together(rarity). We had so much fun. Spent a lot of time outdoors, swimming in our pool, rivers, going camping and fishing. I have so many great memories growing up in the NT. I feel privileged I was able to experience such a cruisey, low key, simple up bringing. I now see 10 year old kids walking across pedestrian crossings in Brisbane CBD and it looks so, odd. I want to grab their hand and make sure they get to school safe. But hey, it’s all about your upbringing and what you’re used to, right? These kids don’t know any different. Catching the public train to school and dodging corperate suits each morning would be the norm for them. I have no idea what that’d feel like. Just like they wouldn’t know what it’s like going to a high school with 500 kids. They’d think that’s odd.

Isn’t it so funny how much where we are from shapes us? Is it with us forever? I truly think so. No matter how much we move around(like I have), where we were born plays such a massive role in terms of who we are, our morals and values. I wonder if I’ll still be telling people that ask where I’m from that the NT is home in 20 years time? Probably. But then they say home is where the heart is huh, I feel like I’ve had many homes around the world. I’m lucky to have made so many memories in different parts of this country and globe. Katherine, Banff CA, Noosa, Queenstown NZ, Broome, Brisbane. Ah nostalgia. I cant wait to visit my previous ‘homes’ again.

Anyway. I tell everyone I meet to visit the NT. It’s barren, out of the way, unique, sunburnt, underpopulated(winning throughout COVID), wild, rugged, friendly, the wages are great, the sunrises and sunsets are some of the best I’ve ever seen, the lifestyle is a simple one, non-pretentious, you can’t buy booze past 8pm(boo), its always warm, there are waterfalls, millions of bugs, it’s full of wildlife, there are social issues, you can swim with crocodiles in Darwin CBD, you can drive a boat without a license and more likely than not you’ll hit a kangaroo or two driving the massive distances along the Stuart highway. The NT is classic Australia. It’s got to be visited. If you are reading this and are Aussie- go this year. Flights are cheap and it’ll be unlike anywhere else you’ve ever experienced. I promise πŸ™‚

Mataranka hot springs, NT.

Will I ever live there again? Hmmm possibly, possibly not. It’s hard to go home again after living elsewhere for so long. But I LOVE visiting!

Shoutout to my mate TC for giving me inspiration for this blog!

Hope we are all having a wonderful week. x

1 Week of getting up before 6am

With the ‘new year, new me’ theme I think we all want to do better and work on self improvement. I’ve seen and read a lot lately about the magic of mornings– I totally get it. It’s discipline at the very start of your day, you have more time on your hands and well we feel crap when we toss and turn and prolong our time in bed. So this week I have challenged myself to getting up before 6am everyday. I wouldn’t say that I am generally someone that ‘sleeps in’ as is- maybe 7am would be my rough wake up time daily, but I do really want to get into routine of getting MORE out of my days(plus I love an early night- 8.30pm + buenas noches)

MONDAY AKA DAY 1:

This morning I set my alarm for 5.58am(starting small lol) but I recently got a fitbit(highly recommend) so I used this as my alarm as I really don’t enjoy sleeping with my phone in my room. Fitbits have this feature where if you wake within a 30min time frame of your alarm going off, it will wake you up(makes sense). My partner was up at 5.30am therefore I was up at that time too. It is already light in QLD at that time in the summer so there really should be no excuses when it comes to removing myself from my bed(the comfort thoooo). First absolute pro of the morning: a ripper sunrise from my bedroom window- theres that morning magic I have heard so much about! Worth the early start. I then made myself a lemon and ginger water(meant to be a wonderful mucus dissolvent), did a 50minute yoga practice(I am generally more of a 15-20 minute morning yoga person- but this felt amazing). I meditated for 10 minutes, again this is the longest meditation I have done in the past few weeks, made myself an iced oat latte(drool), journaled + I am now adding to my blog. All by 8am! I really don’t ever have to rush in the mornings but I don’t like it when I do and today is not one of those days(plus its my Sunday woohoo).

Thoughts/feelings:

  • I always feel really energized and pumped for the week on Monday mornings, but today I feel extra good
  • Feeling extra productive, about to go to a PT session and feeling super alert
  • Don’t feel like I need as much coffee
  • Great start to my week

TUESDAY:

I woke with some pretty nasty period pains. Was awake before 6 but I absolutely stayed in bed another hour. The last thing I felt like doing though was moving my body, so I listened to it. Will try to be a little more active later on. But as for now- tomorrow is a new day!

  • Crampy
  • Haven’t had a coffee
  • Went to sleep last night feeling really rested after having an early morning

WEDNESDAY:

Back to it. Was up at 5.30 and felt excited about it. Have realized it really doesn’t take much to physically just get out of bed. And once you’re up- you’re up!

  • Alert
  • Sleeping better of a nighttime, feeling even more exhausted by 8.30pm LOL

THURSDAY:

This morning it was super easy to get up. I drew back my blinds and having natural light really helps me to feel alive. I sat and journaled and listened to the birds sing and the sun rise behind the tallest building in Brisbane- it was really beautiful. I am also loving the peacefulness of mornings, its so quiet- not that I have a busy household at all! Lol

  • Energized
  • Noticed that I would need to be in bed by 9.30 to make 5.30am achievable for me to get up in the mornings
  • Light
  • Productive

FRIDAY:

Had a later night as I had a big day at work but was still asleep just after 10(late for me). Was still up at 5.30 and didn’t really consider going back to sleep which is cool- 5 mornings in and I’m feeling like I am in a better routine and like my body clock has altered.

  • Happy its almost the end of my working week
  • Not feeling tired at all
  • Like there is a lot more time in the mornings, I haven’t rushed out my apartment door once(this rarely happens anyway- but to totally deter it- wake earlier)
  • Sleeping well, have been reading prior to sleep which would be benefiting my sleep I can imagine

SATURDAY:

Today will be my last day of the week getting up at this time. But will absolutely be implementing a 5.30am wake up to most of my mornings during the week. I worked out for longer and looked forward to it. I saw gorgeous sunrises every morning. And I felt really accomplished as soon as I woke! Sunday/hungover mornings will be a different story for sure- but for the most part being up at 5.30am is 100% worth it.

21 Things I learnt in 2020

If you’ve learnt zilch this year…. where have you been? Talk about a year of discomfort and uh learning things.

PATIENCE

Coming in hot at no.1. We’ve all had to be patient in a sense this year. Whether its been waiting to hear back about job applications, from your insurance company that “had you covered” on that 2020 trip of a lifetime or standing on those little red crosses at grocery stores. Life’s been a little slower. But hey, they say “patience is a virtue”. Most probably not the worst trait to have.

A SMOOTHIE A DAY

You can basically put anything in the world in a smoothie and make it work. They are generally packed full of goodness, hydrating and easy to consume when you’re getting ready for work. Greens powders as well are incredible and play a massive role in general health I feel! Best way to start a summer day after a sweaty workout.

THE THINGS WE FEEL LIKE DOING THE LEAST- ARE GENERALLY THE THINGS WE SHOULD DO

“I don’t have time to meditate”, *said person complains about back tightness, doesn’t do anything for back tightness*, “I need to make that appointment- but I’ll do it next week”. We are all guilty of putting things off or dreading a task but I guess this is where discipline comes into play. A massive one is stopping, breathing and chilling out when we feel rushed, anxious and overwhelmed. It is what our bodies are telling us to do.

ALWAYS HAVE A BOOK ON THE GO

Seeing this book around your living space, reminds us that there are other things we can be doing than scrolling. Even if its just a couple of pages here and there- it’s so much better than nothing! And on this note, reading is SO much more enjoyable when you have selected the book yourself/like what the author has to say et, otherwise- can be such a drag!

KNOW YOUR SELF WORTH

It seems like we all need to be reminded of this sometimes- isn’t that crazy?! We should never not have our own backs. Life is too short to spend our precious time w shitty people πŸ™‚ Revaluate, stand up for self and do yo own thing πŸ™‚

MONEY DOESN’Y BUY HAPPINESS, BUT IT DOES GIVE US MORE FREEDOM

It really is so true. When we have freedom we have more room/option/leeway to do what we want to do. To more stable incomes in 2020, taking on all of the sides hustles and worrying less about money because lets face it: its exhausting.

LULU OVER ANYTHING

The best workout gear ever. I knew this already but so worth the hype + price tag. It pays to be comfy/like the way you look/feel when sweating balls. It makes you want to do it more!

SOMEONE ELSE ALWAYS HAS IT WORSE

V true. I know that my fellow Australian’s reading this will agree. Talk about hitting the jackpot residing in Australia during all of this. (Most of us) have had room to move + BREATHE. I’ll never get over how underpopulated Aus is compared to other countries, I just bloody love it. Whenever I am feeling sorry for myself I remind myself where I am living and it changes my mindset instantly. Anway just pays to be nice to people bc we never know what someone else is going through.

SPOTIFY IS THE BEST AP ON THIS PLANET

Couldn’t live without it. Podcasts, playlists for every event/mood/genre + ‘wrapped’ playlists put together this time of year. Use it all the time. Thanks for letting me use your account Maxi, hehe.

NEVER TAKE ANY TRIP FOR GRANTED

I’d like to think I never did BUT even weekends away, flying domestically etc are all such special memories and moments! Grateful for the travel i’ve been lucky enough to do as well as the travel that will happen in future Tully’s life!

MEXICAN ALWAYS

I probably have Mexican inspired food too many times per week but it is such an easy cuisine to whip up. Beans will last in your pantry forever, there’s always some kind of vegetable in your fridge(fingers crossed) and did someone say hot sauce?! YUM.

WE ALL NEED TO PUT OUR PHONES DOWN MORE

I feel horrible at the end of the day if I’ve been a hungover piece of shit and scrolled my way through the day. It actually gets us no where. I also find it super unattractive if you’re in a group setting and someone is constantly staring at their screen, antisocial much? Set a screen time limit, have self control and even turn your phone off if need be. They’re so addictive its crazy.

TOMORROW ISNT PROMISED

Literally. We all need to stop and appreciate that we are here more. It keeps us grounded.

YOU CAN’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR

Case is point: Rona. The news. The media. Facebook. Gossip from people around you etc. We can’t take any of it for gospel. We need to do our own research and have our own beliefs. Too much mumbo jumbo is thrown around and we need to take things people tell us w a grain of salt.

MOON CUPS

Should have surfaced ages ago, love them!

DIFFUSERS ARE THE BOMB

Lavender, peppermint, onguard… mmmm! The best way to start the day/wind down at night.

BARISTA MADE COFFEE COSTS YOU $1,200 ANUALLY

Buy a coffee machine, pronto.

ORGANISED MAKEUP= ORGANISED LIFE

Putting makeup and brushes in jars/containers so they are accessible is a game changer. Makes life so much easier.

YOUTUBE HAS IT ALL

I’ve never realised how great of a tool YouTube is. Workout vids, meditations, apartment cleaning playlists, Spanish classes, travel vlogs, manifestation chats etc. Learn something from YouTube today!

SMILE AT SOMEONE EVEN IF YOU KNOW THEY WON’T SMILE BACK

It’s not you- it’s them! I’m sure its appreciated πŸ™‚

CALL YOUR PARENTS/GRANDPARENTS

It makes their day and takes 10mins out of yours! Do it.

What have you learnt this year? I recently learnt that learnt: English + learned: American/Canadian. Lol

Who knows what next year will have in store for us, but I do know that we are going into 2021 more resilient. We will be in control and more prepared for what is yet to come. Here’s to great health, secure wealth and being surrounded by our wonderful friends and family! We’ve got this in the bag. πŸ™‚

7 Things I learned during dry July

31 days of zero booze. Considering what has been consumed during this Covid period this was probably harder than normal. Is there anything better than a red during winter? Ooooooh aren’t we so lucky to have alcohol. So enjoyable and such a good time(when consumed with discretion :p)

In saying all of that though, it has been a really good detox. Something I want to avoid is burning out too early in life. I feel pretty passionate about health at the moment. I really want to take care of my skin as it ages and keep my body as hydrated as possible. Its pretty amazing how adaptable and resilient our ‘homes’ are- they deserve to be looked after.

1. You realise who your supportive friends are

This is definitely true. Hola to those that donated and gave me praise. I hope I’ve never made any of my mates feel uncomfortable due to not drinking, saying no to a drink etc. And I’m absolutely going to be more cautious of this now!

2. Drinking is expensive

SO IS SOFT DRINK!!!??? Lol, but yes alcohol is for sure double the price. It was probably a blessing not drinking during July as I definitely didn’t work a whole lot. It is crazy what they can charge at pubs for softdrinks, $5.50 for a soda water… suuuuuure. Had one or two fizzy drinks then i’d jump on the waters. WooOOoOo rager. It’s pretty insane that a few hundred dollars can be spent over a weekend on the piss.

3. Better for skin health

For myself, absolutely. I felt hydrated the whole month and skin was noticeably more plump. Alcohol really encourages the rosacea on my undereye area and adds some heat to my skin as well. Sandpaper lips vibes after a late night drinking. None of that in July.

4. Fresh mornings

I don’t really think I get horrible hangovers anyway, but the alertness every morning during the month felt great. Also slept really well majority of the month. I for sure have more of a broken sleep/earlier mornings when I am on the drink.

5. Better food choices

I think I remember just about everything I ate during this past month. Alcohol absolutely encourages my appetite (hate going out without eating) so i’d normally be having a big dinner and coming home with pizza 5 hours later. Health. Wealth.

Consumed less(crap) for sure, so many calories in certain beverages also. But hey its worth it every now and then.

6. More active

I have been using a habit tracker the past few months and its been really helpful when it comes to staying on track. 100% was more active as well as productive in July compared to the month of June. Only had 4 ‘less active’ days in the whole month and that’s pretty damn good for me!

7. Drinking activities are F.U.N

So many things are more enjoyable with a drink on hand. Full stop. and was still happy to be in a social setting without a drink. My partner and I did this together and im so glad, would be really hard not give in without the support!

If you’re thinking about it, do It- but have someone to join you. Drinking is a really good time and a very ‘social’ hobby. But it was also reassuring to know I am comfortable in a drinking atmosphere sober. Apparently our cells renew every 4-6 weeks. How cool is that. Alcohol free cells/body after a month, it really is so refreshing to take sometime off every now and then. It doesn’t have to be July either! Everything in balance brings us best results. Just being more consistent with the healthier side of things majority of the time πŸ˜›