30 Day minimalism challenge

I saw this challenge on google and thought ‘this is so up my alley’. There is basically one challenge per day that barely takes 5 minutes. A really productive start to the day and is a push to get those little jobs done that we never get around to.

  1. Purge your wardrobe

I love this one, and a perfect start! Even if its three clothing items- take them to your local thrift shop. Not only your wardrobe will be clearer but also your mind!

2. Clean your handbag

I liked this one too as I never get around to it. I even washed my bag. Felt really organised going to work the next day!

3. Toss out old socks

I LOVED this one too, why do we keep socks for such a long time? I threw a few pairs out and treated myself with 3x new, much better quality pairs! Wooohoo

4. Get rid of digital devices

I don’t understand the root of this question but what I took from this was… a day without social media. I’m already pretty disciplined as I wouldn’t say im constantly on my phone anyway and rarely sleep with my phone in my room. But this felt good.

5. Empty your wallet

This could also have a few possible meanings. I cleaned mine out and got rid of old cards. But it could also mean donate. I am going to donate $5 to Livin’ now πŸ™‚

6. Write your best friends qualities

I wrote down my partners best qualities and it probably made me happier than it made him but its really cool to see what you love most about someone on paper

7. Write your best qualities

It’s funny that we struggle to compliment ourselves. A few things I appreciate about myself: I am a great friend, I am an optimist, I love that I care for our environment, I have good self discipline and I love my teeth and my smile(thx mum and dad :))

8. Write for 20 minutes

This was super lovely in the morning, whether its mumbo jumbo/ the spelling is incorrect it doesn’t matter because NO ONE is going to read it. I’d love to start a dream journal, maybe I’ll keep one beside my bed and attempt to write when I have wild dreams!

9. Donate old books

I love book swapping and donating old books. I wouldn’t often re-read a book so why not pass our favourite reads on πŸ™‚

10. Ditch makeup for the day

Woohoo I love this. I wouldn’t often wear makeup when im not working but I would have stuggled with this years ago. I am now so much more comfortable in my own skin and that feels really powerful.

11. Meditate on your day

This day I went to a sound healing! It was auch an incredible experience. I have been working on my meditation parctice and it sure has paid off- being able to lay in a dark room for an hour! Highly recommend sound healings. The instruments sound amazing, I felt super rejuvinated and slept very well.

12. Spend time with loved ones

I’d like to think I do this daily/ when I have the chance but I made extra effort to call a few family members on this day. Life is all about the people we surround ourselves with and I feel SO lucky with my chosen ones <3

13. Write a gratitude log

Once again, I’d say I practice this daily but for today I wrote what I was grateful for and WHY. I chose matcha: lucky to have an alternitave that I enjoy other than coffee. My bed: it is so comfortable and makes me feel at home, and my family: lucky to be related to such loving, friendly and genuine people!

14. Evaluate your last 5 purchases

This was a cool activity. Doing this weekly would reduce a few spendings I think. Mine were: groceries, wine, a power bill, 2x festival tickets and a DiDi….. can you tell which were wants and which were needs, lol……

15. Stay offline for the day

Turned my phone off! Felt damn good. Should even start doing this 1 day per week

16. Don’t spend money for 24 hours

This felt great! Didn’t struggle at all. Would love to have a few days like this every week

17. Don’t complain all day

I attempted this over two days and tried to be really concious of my wording. I think this is a great thing to remind ourselves every morning!

18. Go without your phone

Turned my phone off for the day/ have been leaving it at home more. We’ve just gone into a three day lockdown so i’m going to have another phone free day during this time πŸ™‚

19. Venture outdoors

Went on a hike with a friend! Never regret getting outside

20. Create a relaxing space

This day I put lavender my diffuser, cleaned my room and had a chill yoga sesh. So relaxing after work.

21. Re-evalute your to do list

Priorotised what is most important, and always get these things done first thing

22. De-clutter your storage

Can’t say I have alot to store, but cleaned out my wardrobe- again will be tackling a few cupboads over these next few days

23. Empty your junk drawer

Did this, why do we all have atleast one of these? How many pens does a person need?

24. Turn off notifications

I don’t have any anyway, woo.

25. Batch cook your meals

I had a Sunday bake day. I made a dhal, zuchinni and lemon loaf, granola and bliss balls. Feels good to have healthy snacks in the fridge.

26. Get all your errands done today

Got a few things done I’d been putting off- went to bed feeling super satisfied this day

27. Eliminate a toxic relationship

I honestly can’t say I have any toxic friends/relationships- and this makes me happy πŸ™‚

28. Clear out your makeup collection

I did this with all of my bathroom cabinet, and it felt very refreshing!

29. Say no to something

I’ve been saying no to everything I don’t want to do this year πŸ™‚ and it feels amazing

30. Re-purge your wardrobe

Done and done, with pleasure

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

6 Things I wish they taught us in school

  1. Nutrition

I luckily had a fairly healthy upbringing with parents that spent money on ‘good’ food and cooked for their family every night. But if this was implemented more during school/at an early age we’d all be better off in the long run. I’ve heard the quote “three times a day we need a farmer”, yeah we do. Three(generally speaking) times a day we make a decision on what we are fueling our bodies with. We’ve all seen those kids(unfortunately) that seem as though they’ve had zero nutritional advice from their parents/school(Coca cola @ 8am). On that note though- when their parents have no clue what our bodies need and what they don’t, how can we expect them to know any better? When we know better, we do better.

2. How to manage our finances

This would have been SUCH a helpful one. We all deal with different finances at different stages of our lives. But even being taught how to budget, save, do our taxes, how to save for and purchase property etc. I don’t recall being taught any of this… and then you become an adult!

3. How to change a tyre

Anything car related would have been helpful too. How to service your vehicle/change a tyre. Still something i have no idea how to do, lol!

4. A language

I’m sure a lot of schools around the world made learning a language compulsory. My school surely didn’t. How incredible to be bilingual or even trilingual!!! So helpful when wanting to travel/work abroad. Second languages look so great on resumes also. I am now learning Spanish and I love it!

4. Confidence

If there’s anything school for me didn’t help with, it’d be confidence. Large groups of people. Public speaking. Unconstructive criticism from teachers and fellow students. I definitely can’t remember any classes that helped me become more of a confident person. I hated feeling like I was being moulded in a certain way and being misunderstood. And we all know that confidence is something that can make or break us later on in life! I’d say having a class a week where students build each other up, encourage, compliment etc could possibly diffuse lack of confidence whilst going through school. But hey- bullying is such a massive issue in school systems these days so I’m stumped on how to resolve any of this.

5. Your attitude changes your reality

This. I’ve learnt this in the past 4 or so years but was absolutely a much more negative person prior to that. What we tell ourselves has such a massive impact on how our lives play out. Optimism is the best alternative.

6. You will go through career changes

Things aren’t how they used to be. I meet 50 year old’s that have decided they no longer want to be in the field they are in and they are back to studying something else. Our priorities are always changing and we are always evolving. We are HUMAN. I don’t know many people that are crazy in love with their jobs and want to commit to their areas of expertise for 40-50 years. It’s healthy to want to upscale, improve and learn something new.

All well and good for me to take a dig as I am certainly no curriculum inventor day by day, haha. But its crazy how many essential skills we need later in life and have no idea where to start. This blog has me so glad I’m out of a schooling environment- no thank you! We learn insane amounts when we leave. SCHOOL OF LIFE baby. Ciao! Tull x

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™‚

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˜›

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!

Big city life

I grew up in a small town of 10,000 people in Northern Australia. Remote, personal and secure.

From my hometown I moved to a mountain town in North America of roughly the same population> to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia, slightly more densely populated> onto a mountain town of roughly 15,000 on the south island of New Zealand> to a town on the coast of Western Australia that was a bit smaller than my last destination. Therefore have never lived anywhere with 30,000+ people living in the same area. Then we decided to move to Brisbane…

It was hard. I’d consider myself quite an easily adaptable person. I love meeting new people, seeing new areas and changing up my work places. We signed a lease for a one bedroom apartment in central Brisbane and this in itself I had never experienced. I’ve always rented rooms from friends, friends of friends etc. And always off the books. I felt a bit stuck and obligated to stay in one area for a certain amount of time, as I’ve always had the freedom to pickup and leave whenever I felt like it. I made heaps of friends at my new workplace but I was worth more than the pay and I felt anxious going- again have never struggled with anxiety until, you guessed it… moving to the big smoke.

The first three months I had heaps of adjusting to do. Not having housemates to come home to. My partner was working away again so not being able to see him during the week and once again being away from my family, as I’d probably seen them more than ever in mid/late 2019. Going to be honest here and I know a lot of other ‘travellers’ will pick up what I’m putting down. Being away from my family for a few years and not seeing them face to face I guess I was used to the distance as such, and keeping in mind my fam are legends when it comes to communication/visiting me wherever I am in the world. They’re never not putting in the effort and I’d like to think it’s reciprocal. But after seeing my sister get married, my dad for fathers day for the first time in maybe three years, my brothers both turning ‘legal’ and seeing them in between holidays I started to realise what I was missing out on and had to get used to being away from them once again. Sidenote: 100% my choice, not having a pity party.

It’s funny with age how we really start to prioritise what’s important. I’ve always loved my family but have never felt that strong desire to spend 24/7 with them and I’m sure they feel the same. As I’m getting older though, (lol ripe age of 24) I find myself appreciating them so much more. Probably more than I ever have. And I think that’s beautiful. Its also beautiful having a family that supports your decisions to move around constantly and live the life you want to live. Maybe they prefer it this way… I joke.

I obviously considered going home many times. Three months in though something clicked. I really started to enjoy being in the city. Not that I didn’t try to enjoy it prior, but I think it just took time. I joined a gym that I loved, made even more mates, left my job and did something different. Going to say though that moving metropolitan was my hardest move to date. The noise that a city creates, the ambulances, air pollution, seeing SO many different faces on a daily basis. I just felt on edge constantly. If you’ve just moved to a city and are struggling I FEEL YOU. It is definitely not the most natural way of living nor something humans should be used to. Being surrounded by buildings, excess light pollution and the concrete to grass ratio. But I am such an advocate for change also. I live for it. And I do think that we cant knock these things before we try them. I feel stronger for staying and i’m so glad I stuck it out. I have just moved into a gorrrrrrgeous two bedroom apartment in a new area with my boyfriend + bestfriend, started hairdressing again at a salon that I love, have a great group of humans around me(really really great) and im feeling happy, healthy, good in my own skin and best of all- not anxious.

I never thought I’d be saying this but I LOVE Brisbane and am really enjoying being here- for now πŸ™‚ Good things really do take time and we need to be patient with ourselves. Nothing lasts forever and we always have the power to make change/different choices in any given situation.

The convenience of this city, the beautiful gardens and produce markets, the array of jobs on offer(pre covid), having an airport close by(again, pre covid this was helpful lol), the different cuisines, selection of transport options, so many new friends to make and you knew I was going to say it *cough* Uber eats. I’m enjoying it. Can’t say I’ll spend the rest of my life here, never say never though right? Its home for now.

Now for the Covid cases to completely minimise(we are doing really well in Australia) so that we can get out and explore more of our own backyards!

One piece of advise from me though would just be give it a go. What do you have to lose, really? I think we always gain something from moving to different areas. Places to explore and contacts to meet. Plus we learn so much about ourselves.

What advice would you give to someone when they’re moving somewhere new? Tips? How long would you stay before you picked up and took off again? This isn’t really a travel related blog as I feel semi uninspired due to not being able to book/plan anything right now but it feels almost therapeutic for me to type out. So I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did writing it πŸ™‚ Alllllllllllllll of my L O V E x