The price of freedom

FREEDOM noun

  1. the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.

We all love freedom. And I’m sure majority of the population is missing this more than anything during pandemic times. Remember going on sky scanner, booking a flight to where ever you felt like, going to the airport, getting on the plane and, going….. freedom <3

We didn’t know how good we had it. But there are many other forms of freedom, travel being the absolute epitome though.

Financial freedom

A life-goal that most of us could agree on. Not letting our money or financial situation own us but rather owning it. Living within our means. Not constantly being in debt. Paying ourselves first, not our loans. We really know how to over complicate things in terms of money. I want to live a really simple life, within my means and with very little belongings.

Freedom of negativity

Working with people we dont get along with or being employed at a workplace we dont like. Spending time with people that are on much lower frequency levels and drain your energy, (bleh, not for me), not taking the media for gospel and rather with a grain of salt(tough these days). We choose, every single day, what we are and are not willing to absorb + accept. Everything is energy. The more we say ‘no’ to things we’d rather not participate in, the truer we are being to ourselves.

Freedom of “stuff”

Oh, what a topic. We purchase things. Not with our cold hard cash though, with the banks money, after and zip pays money. Because we’re all to impatient, we want things now. You’d think we’d all know better, but we haven’t learnt though. We just keep spending. Filling our closets, homes, garages. We want bigger and better. Bigger TV’s, the latest iphones, a new car, that designer bag… for what? To keep relevent? Does it honestly make you happy? 1 week after purchase? Probably. 1 month after purchase? Maybe. 6 months post loan/purchase? I’d say you’ve totally forgotten about how ‘happy’ it made you as that dopamine hit has well and truly warn off. Onto the next. It’s such a trap. Hampster wheel keeps spinning. I really feel for people that place so much value towards materialistic objects.

The more we realise we are in control of our precious time and who we choose to spend it with, the less we get caught up with trends, the less we must repay to banks, the less we own the easier it is to pick up and move to another area, state or city. Thats freedom. Less really is more. It’s time to simplify things again.

I’ve never been much of a collector, prefering the feeling of letting go”

Lots of love to everyone in Australia today!

See you in the next post x

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

Prepping for a 5 day hike: my expectations

Soon I am doing a Great Walk with two beautiful, amazzzzing friends. The longest I have ever hiked would have to be a 7 hour day hike- so this is something I have never experienced. Carrying everything I need to survive and keep shelter for 5 days, eating dehydrated meals and walking for roughly 6 hours per day, its ALL new. I can’t wait though, it’ll be a physical and mental challenge and tbh just love the people I am doing this with and the scenery is going to blow our minds- I can feel it.

I definitely expect the weight to be one of the main uncomforts of the trip. Everyone I talk to says keep your weight down! I love this challenge and I can’t wait to pack as minimal as possible, but I think I’ll still come home thinking ‘why did I take that?’. It seems like its a given. My attempt is to keep my bag under 12KG. I will keep you all updated haha.

I also expect to sleep quite well surprisingly. Doing 20 odd K a day I can imagine we’ll be exhausted. And it will basically be dinner and bed. I am sleeping on an insulated compression mattress with a built in pillow(holla Stevo!), a sleeping bag and in a tent with another friend. I don’t really expect to get cold as I feel we’ll have alot of body heat in a small space. I really do consider myself to be someone that can doze anywhere so I can’t see sleeping being a big issue. Then again… will keep ypu updated haha!

I’m not expecting the weather to be much of a bother, although will prepare for light drizzle. I don’t think it’ll get colder than 10 degrees whilst we are trekking(QLD winter). So I can imagine us being fresh of a nighttime and morning but I think it’ll be hot during the day considering the weight we’ll have strapped to us. I will just be taking shorts as I don’t think tights/pants will be needed. And shorts might feel cleaner with all of the sand we’ll be walking through.

I expect blisters πŸ™ these seem hard to navigate around and every bone in my body is grateful that we are hiking with a nurse <3 strap my feet girl. I guess too much of anything takes a toll on our bodies and we just wont be used to being on our feet for so many hours per day in bulky shoes. Our ancestors would have done this all barefoot, but I am very happy we’ll have shoes on our feet… (will I be saying this mid hike?)

I absolutely expect to feel so accomplished once we hit our destination. All of the prepping, planning and researching will have paid off. It’ll be an experience to have with us for a lifetime and just so cool to do something out of your comfort zone every now and then πŸ™‚ this is what life is about.

Who has done overnight hikes before and what suggestions would you give me? I love reading hiking blogs/watching hiking youtube videos. Cannot wait to write a blog post my great walk experience. To a wonderful week. L o v e 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 Of my fave things to do in Brisvegas

There’s heaps to do in Brisbane! Great sized city in a fantastic location. Keep reading to find out my top 6 fave activities in Queensland’s capital.

  1. Roma street parklands

Roma street is a happy place. It is so well looked after and there are numerous different colours throughout this natural space right in the middle of the city. So lovely to walk around, have a picnic in or do some painting like my friend and I did recently! Highly recommend.

2. Howard smith wharves

This little spot has to be one of the most beautiful places in Brissy. Whether you are brunching, after a knock off drink or even a stroll along the river walk. This is such a trendy area with good energy. You’ll see lots of weddings and everyone seems happy. Not a cheap suggestion but worth heading down for a brew on the brown snake.

3. See a game at Suncorp

I couldn’t have less interest in sport but suncorp is fun. Such a good atmosphere and most of the time you can pick up a ticket for $30. They also have concerts here(pre covid) went and saw U2 with my rents and was such a wicked show/night/memory.

4. Eat something sweet @ Eat Street

Eat street is amazing! It’s a few gold coins to enter but its paradise! Any cuisine you could ever ask for will be at these markets. They are also licenced and sell cocktails and beer, woohoOoOo. Try the halloumi gyros and anything that has nutella on it!

5. New Farm Park

New Farm is another beautiful area in the city. On the edge of the river and a great location for a park workout or a stroll. The powerhouse is also here so could catch a comedy show if the stars aligned.

6. Go for a cruise to Mount Nebo

This is a tourist drive but if you time it well you wont have to deal with all of the other cars. Super scenic, pretty and really windy roads. Feels like Far North Queensland and as if you aren’t near a city at all. Roughly a 25 minute drive depending on where you are leaving from! Also some nice walking trails to partake in!

There’s so much to see and do in Brisbane. Get out there and have some fun ya bloody pork chops!

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!