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

Lets talk about satisfaction

We hear it all of the time, I’ll be happy when… When is when? I think its great to have goals to strive for but once we achieve these goals they really do only provide momentary bliss- then we’re onto the next… We’ve all been here and sometimes I catch myself thinking these thoughts and I nip them in the bud ASAP. Life shouldn’t be about yearning for something to happen or waiting until the day that we’ve finished this project, got that promotion or bought the car we’ve always wanted. We all know we’ll be craving something ELSE as soon as the honeymoon period of this accomplishment subsides.

How about we all just appreciate where we are. Who we are. We’re doing our best. And if we aren’t 100%, whole heartedly where we want to be in our lives right now- it’s okay. Whats to say we cant appreciate right now? Life is still good. We are living and breathing and hopefully we all have loved ones surrounding us. Life could be alot worse!

Lets keep chipping away and carving our paths. We’ll get to where we want to be, who we want to be there with and what we want to be doing with our time. Lets do more of the things we love, relish in our hobbies, spend more time outside and disconnecting from social media. And just be present. Because now is the moment that never ends. And we’ll never get this time back. Life is wonderful. Lets appreciate what we have, right here, right now πŸ™‚

Until next week x

3 of my favourite self help reads

Happy(and other ridiculous aspirations)

This is such a great all rounder life/self help/puts things into perspective book. Turia Pitt was caught in bushfires in Western Australia over 10 years ago and literally had to learn to walk again. She married the guy she was dating at the time, they have two kids and she is such a happy, positive and beautiful soul. I think she has two or three other books so I am going to get onto these next. Highly recommend.

The barefoot investor

If you’re Australian you’ve most likely heard of this book by Scott Pape. Scott and his family lost everything in the Black Saturday fires and had to start from scratch all over again. He has a degree in finance and breaks things down so simply, laymans terms for us that haven’t studied his field. There are steps/methods for everything he recommends and he also has a great sense of humour. Such a great read. I am going to aim to re-read this book once a year. A wonderful money bible for every household.

The happiest man on earth

Written by beautiful Eddie Jaku who was imprisioned in multiple holicaust camps and by some miracle ended up making his way to Australia. He is a public speaker as well as an author and just a pure inspiration. If you think you’re having a bad day- read this book!

I love any form of self help/development books. What are your favourites? I’d love some recommendations. Here’s to a wonderful short week here in Australia x

5 Recomendations for Cairns

Here are 5 things I LOVED doing in one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations:

Eat at Salt House

We had the most amazing dinner here one night. The atmosphere, service and food was incredible. Everything I put in my mouth was so delicious. If you’re into seafood, this is the place!

Drive up to Kuranda

There are a few alternate options in terms of getting to Kuranda. There is a goldola, train or you can drive. We chose to drive and the 40 minute commute was unreal. There was so much to look at along the highway, everything was so lush- the whole experience was just devine. We walked around Kuranda town, there is a butterfly farm and famous markets but we were too late for both unfortunately. Next time. We did have a good amount of time at Barron falls though and highly reccomend. Cairns has alot of rain throughout the year but in January it was FLOWING, probably the biggest waterfall i’ve seen with my own eyes. Such a fun, nature filled and inexpensive day!

Visit Rusty’s markets

You can’t visit Cairns without attending Rusty’s. Its such a great market in the heart of town with an ABUNDANCE of amazing produce. It’s limitless what the locals can grow up in the FNQ area. I think they call this the golden triangle? It’s cheap, a great atmosphere, the food is amazing(visit the vietnamese stall- yum) AND they have the tastiest V GF DF banana bread. A friend raved about this so had to try, can confirm- scrumptious.

Swim at Babinda Boulders

This was probably my favourite swimming spot I had the pleasure of visiting in the Cairns area. We’ve all seen photos of these rock pools online somewhere. And I must say I thought they looked pretty different to what I was expecting, but SO beautiful none the less. I guess with the climate in Cairns and the wild weather they experience these places probably always seem a little different! Which is a bonus. Th water is so clear, very refreshing and the perfect place for a picnic!

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

No matter what it costs or what the weather is doing for the day, get out on the reef. You travel for about 2 hours to get to snorkel/scuba locations but just being out on the water is pure MAGIC. There are so many colours, species of fish and it is all round such a great day. I loved it and would go out 100 times over. The food was so good on the boat also. Remember: suncreen.

Woah writing this makes me want to move up north… what a gorgeous adventure filled area of Australia! Can’t wait to visit again. To a wonderful week x

5 Easy and healthy breakfast ideas!

Breakfast should be both easy and healthy! You don’t want to have to think about too many steps in the morning and you want to start the first meal of your day with something balanced, energising and keep you eating well throughout the day! Here are five breakfasts that I incorperate into my weeks, I hope they inspire you! PS: the measurments will be rough, who has time to measure anyway. And these recipes are just guidelines- use what you have at home πŸ™‚

G R E E N S M O O T H I E

You can literally add anything to smoothies, which I love.

  • A piece of zuchinni
  • One banana, I like atleast 4 chunks of frozen banana- so creamy
  • 2x tablespoons Protein powder of choice
  • 1 cup of milk of choice
  • Few chunks frozen pineapple- I also think this adds to the creamy taste
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina powder
  • Optional- spinkle of psyillium husk, chia seeds, flax seeds, PB- anything you want to use up!

Blend everything and if needed add water as you go! This would be super easy to put in a bottle/jar and take with you on your way to work πŸ™‚

C H I A P U D D I N G

  • Few tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1.5 cups of milk of choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Top with frozen berries of choice!

Add all ingredients to jar, shake and ready to consume in the morning. I like to add coconut flakes, yum!

P R O T E I N O A T S

  • 1.5 cup oats
  • 1.5 cup milk of choice
  • 1 x tablespoon protein powder
  • 1 x teaspoon PB
  • Water if needed

Put all ingredients in bowl and microwave/stovetop for 90 seconds. Add water if needed. Top with coconut flakes, a drizzle of PB, cacao powder, pepitas or frozen berries. So tasty on cooler mornings!

L O A D E D T O A S T

Create your own sweet or savoury take on toast:

  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Feta: optional
  • Pepita/sunflower feeds for added crunch
  • Salt, pepper and chilli flakes to season
  • Peanut or almond butter
  • Honey or maple
  • Sliced banana or strawberry
  • Pepita/sunflower seeds… for added crunch πŸ˜‰
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon

Again, so simple, shouldn’t take anymore than 5 minutes to make and can alter to your taste buds. Plus limited washing up in the mornings.

A C A I B O W L

  • 1 x teaspoon acai powder
  • 1 cup berries of choice, I like blackberries
  • Sprinkle of flax seeds
  • 1x cup milk of choice- less liquid the thicker the consistency, start slow
  • 1x frozen banana
  • Few slices of frozen zuchinni
  • Piece of frozen pineapple
  • 2x teaspoons of protein powder

Blend everything, transfer to bowl with spoon. Top with whatever your heart desires. Drizzle of PB, cashews, granola, berries, chia seeds. Enjoy!

What are your favourite, no fail, delicious breakfasts? I’d love some inspiration too. Have a beautiful week x

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.

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!